Leading acoustic ceiling solutions manufacturer, OWA UK, has supplied its high-performance Cloud acoustic baffles to create a calm and creative working space in the new Paterson Building at The Christie, a leading specialist NHS cancer care centre in Manchester.
The new Paterson cancer research facility is directly connected to the hospital, and was built after the existing building unusable following severe fire damage in 2017. Designed by the Manchester office of BDP, it features OWA UK’s acoustic ceiling baffles in the collaborative workspaces.
Part of OWA UK’s established OWAconsult collection, the Cloud baffles bring both acoustic and aesthetic benefits, the company maintains. OWA UK said: “The clean lines of the vertical baffles are assembled to create a striking round shape, which can then be clustered together to evoke a cloud formation. As well as providing a stylish addition to the interior ceiling design, the use of our Cloud system has also helped improve the acoustic comfort of the workspace. The acoustic ceiling baffles reduce reverberation and reflected sound to improve speech clarity and eliminate unwanted noise pollution.”
OWA UK collaborated closely to provide technical advice to the wider project team, which comprised specialist contractor, John Atkinson Acoustics, and main contractor, IHP (Integrated Health Projects). This included specification and onsite support from the company’s dedicated Regional Sales Specification manager for the North and Scotland, as well as acoustic information and calculations from the manufacturer’s in-house acousticians, who advised on the best layout and design of the ceiling baffles to meet the project’s specific requirements.