Auckland specialist timber fabricator Woodform won the contract from main contractor Hawkins Construction to manufacture, supply and install over 450 acoustic wall panels made out of Southland maple beech for the hotel’s foyers, reception areas, conference rooms and lift shaft facings.
The timber, supplied by Lindsay & Dixon Ltd of Tuatapere, Southland, is New Zealand grown and FSC certified (FM – COC 001148).
Each panel was constructed of strips of beech of varying widths and depths, to provide a visually appealing and acoustically efficient result, offsetting the other hard surfaces used in the hotel’s interior design. Each piece of beech had to be sanded, sealed and polished on all six sides to ensure stability of the timber in the air-conditioned environment.
Installation of the panels was also a challenge, with a very small tolerance of less than 1 mm. Special panels had to be created to fit corners and areas where the timber abutted other construction materials.
Woodform is also working on a new curved component solid acoustic panel system, which is lighter in weight. It can be used for both ceiling and wall panels.
Its joinery systems are perfected to lengths of up to 3 m, with a variety of thickness options. All solid timber components can also be made fireproof.