A north east engineering company has won a contract to supply high specification acoustic test panels for a new cultural centre in Greece.
The Team Valley-based Responsive Engineering Group has developed and manufactured several prototype ceiling and upper wall acoustic panels for the new €50m House of Letters and Arts, currently being built in Athens.
The contract has allowed the company to use specialist laser cutting techniques gained in it’s previous contract on The Cone, part of the redevelopment of the National Maritime Museum and Royal Observatory in Greenwich.
The completed panels are now in Grenoble, France for testing. Each panel has been precision engineered and shaped at the Team Valley factory to ensure that the pitch, density and surface finish meets exacting acoustic performance levels.
The project involves high specification internal finishes, including the use
of specially designed and engineered bronze effect wall and ceiling panels
engineered in complex shapes and configurations to meet the design and
interior acoustic demands.
‘This is a very prestigious project for us and shows our growing capacity to work on major international architectural projects.’ said Peter Bernard, managing director of Responsive Engineering.
‘It has also enabled us to use the unique expertise and skills gained
particularly on the Greenwich project to deliver added value solutions on
time and cost efficiently.’
When opened later this year the House of Letters and Arts will house a 27m high, 1,000 seat amphitheatre and stage, capable of accommodating, among other things, symphonic orchestras, theatrical performances, operas, dances and business conferences.