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Autex Provides Acoustic Control in State-of-the-Art Aquatic Centre

The state of the art Sir Owen G. Glenn National Aquatic Centre has set a new standard in aquatic excellence, with a world-class training environment and the capacity to host national and international competitions. Anticipated to receive around 5,000 visits a week, the 26 million dollar swimming complex features two pools ideal for swimmers at all levels. The centre offers an award-winning Learn to Swim School and is the national training centre for the NZ AquaBlacks and the Para-Swimming team.

Involved with the development of the aquatic centre in 2009, Pacific Environments NZ Ltd, architects, created the masterplan for the expansion of the Millennium Institute of Sport. Establishments such as indoor pools typically feature large open spaces complete with hard reflective surfaces, generating high levels of noise reverberation. Acoustics were contemplated early in the development of the aquatic centre to ensure noise reverberation would not negatively impact the shared space and its occupiers. However, as this type of environment emits high levels of heat and humidity, a solution that was resistant to moisture was mandatory.

Pacific Environments Ltd associate, architect Tane Pratt chose Autex acoustic products as they are able to withstand harsh environments and are "Good quality, cost effective, New Zealand made, contain a large portion of recycled material, low VOC emissions and have an inherent fire rating."

Made from 100% polyester fibre, Autex acoustic products are not affected by moisture, mould or mildew and will not rot or deteriorate in high humidity environments like an aquatic centre.

Autex Quietspace Ceiling Tiles — custom-made to fit the pre-designed ceiling grid system — were applied to over 50% of the ceiling to provide superb noise reverberation reduction while maintaining a sleek and discrete look. Made of polyester fibre, Quietspace Ceiling Tiles are relatively flexible and won't crack, crease or break — perfect for the concaved-style ceiling of the aquatic centre. Quietspace Ceiling Tiles were also applied above the grandstand spectator seating area to help reduce excessive noise levels anticipated during competitions.

For increased acoustic absorption, Quietspace Panel overlaid with porcelain coloured Vertiface decorative fabric was direct fixed along the length of the wall next to the larger training / competition pool. Purposely installed opposite grandstand seating and above sideline spectator seating, the 'acoustic band' will assist in providing complete acoustic balance, while adding a fitting decorative element to the space.

Since opening to the public on the 1st of August, the Sir Owen G. Glenn National Aquatic Centre has been very popular and loved by staff and visitors alike. The achieved acoustic balance is superb — there is no echo and the atmosphere feels calm and still even when there is a swim class full of excited children.

Quietspace Ceiling Tiles are a lightweight, high performing acoustic ceiling tile designed to fit, but not limited to standard grid systems. Easy to install, non-toxic, non-irritant and non-allergenic; Quietspace Ceiling Tiles are an ideal acoustic solution for all applications such as offices, educational environments, healthcare facilities and more.

Quietspace Panel is a lightweight, semi-rigid acoustic panel that boasts exceptional acoustic absorption properties and is incredibly durable. The addition of a Vertiface overlay adds to the overall look of the Quietspace Panel, allowing for a more personalised acoustic product to better suit its intended space.

Contact an Autex acoustic professional to discover acoustic excellence on 0800 428 839.

Photographer: Mark Scowen

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