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CMS ACOUSTICS Creates A Quiet Environment At Everthorpe Prison

CMS Acoustics, the UK’s largest provider of acoustic solutions, has delivered its free reverberation calculation service for Everthorpe Prison, Hull. Everthorpe Prison consulted CMS Acoustics to help remedy high noise levels in its newly refurbished visitor’s room, with SuperPhon acoustic panels retrospectively installed to significantly reduce reverberation times.

Accommodating up to 689 category C male prisoners, Everthorpe Prison had replaced all the soft furnishings in its visitor’s room with hard reflective surfaces such as a vinyl floor covering and plastic tables and chairs. Whilst this created a more hygienic environment it also removed all natural means of sound absorption in the room, resulting in high levels of reverberation.

Using plans of the building, CMS Acoustics calculated the reverberation time within the visitor’s room as 1.8 seconds. Its technical sales team recommended the retrospective installation of 95m˛ of 50mm SuperPhon acoustic panels to the walls, ceilings and pillars. Delivering class A absorption, SuperPhon reduced the reverberation time considerably, to 0.74 seconds.

SuperPhon acoustic panels reduce noise by impeding sound transmission through an element of the structure, and by absorbing sound at the surface. The panels complement design concepts with a high quality decorated finish. Covered with an aesthetic fabric, the panels are easy to clean and in this instance were also removable.

Anna Parish, operations principal officer at Everthorpe Prison, comments: “Our visitor’s room is in use practically every day of the week and can become extremely noisy, especially when there are families with young children. I was extremely impressed with the level of technical advice and service that we received from CMS Acoustics. They recommended a product that not only exceeded our requirements and expectations but was cost effective while achieving high performance.”

The panels are manufactured from sound absorbing, non-combustible mineral board, covered with high quality open weave fabric. Providing an effective means of controlling reverberation time and reflected sound in rooms, SuperPhon is ideal for application in studios, conference centres, cinemas and other areas where acoustic absorption combined with an aesthetically pleasing appearance is required.

Paul Absolon, technical director, CMS Acoustics, commented: “SuperPhon is a fully bespoke product that we can manufacture to order on a site-by-site basis, which is easy to install and a cost effective method of sound control. Furthermore, our free reverberation calculation service is ideal for end user customers such as Everthorpe Prison, as it allows us to identify the exact acoustic solution for the situation.”

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