Making acoustics work at the office

Tintagel House, located on the Albert Embankment in Vauxhall has had a dramatic makeover thanks to the interior design by Universal Design Studio and architects Stanton Williams. A former Police station for over 50 years and home to the flying squad, the 12-storey block with its austere facade now comprises 8,800 square metres of flexible shared offices, together with a members’ bar, cafe, gym, workshop and events space. The block is now a thriving hub for entrepreneurs and independent businesses run by The Office Group.

As part of the transformation, the design brief was to generate opportunities for people to meet and connect. By overlaying references from hospitality, culture, commerce and workspace all under one roof, Universal Design Studio has created rich and varied spaces that push the boundaries of what a workspace can and should be.

To help reduce waste, many of the original finishes from the existing building were reused, including timber, concrete and parquet flooring, as well as concrete and terrazzo finishes to the walls. With many hard surfaces, Troldtekt wood wool acoustic panels were specified throughout the ground floor lounge and multi-use spaces to solve the problems of acoustics and reverberating sound.

Troldtekt acoustic panels are available in a variety of different structures and colours, combining superior sound absorption with an award-winning design. The Troldtekt range has a minimum expected life cycle of 50 years coupled with excellent resistance to humidity and tested to meet ball impact standards. The range is available in various sizes and structures, from extreme fine to fine. They can be supplied as natural wood or finished in almost any RAL or NCS colour.

Depending on the panel specified, reaction to fire is classed in accordance with EN 13501 as B-s1,d0 or A2-s1,d0 respectively. Cradle to Cradle Certified® at Gold level, Troldtekt wood wool acoustic panels are manufactured using wood from certified forests (PEFC™ and FSC®C115450) and can contribute positively to a building’s BREEAM, WELL or LEED points.

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