Cleaver House is a six-storey listed building and prime property located on the corner of Donegall Square North and Donegall Place in Belfast city centre. In 2017, extensive works were completed on the building which included a refurbishment and office accommodation fit-out on floors two to five, along with a new reception area on the ground floor. A full strip-out and installation of new mechanical, electrical and sprinkler services and installation of a roof top external plant room were also carried out.
The accommodation includes a combination of open plan and modular offices, as well as tea points, lifts, sanitary accommodation, meeting rooms, hearing rooms, boardrooms and communications rooms.
Various Ecophon products were selected to suit different areas of the building and to utilise the budget as effectively as possible. Todd Architects liked the finish of Ecophon’s Focus Ds with concealed grid system, and opted to change the lighting in order to retain this system.
“The acoustic performance of the rooms and spaces was a paramount consideration during the fit-out works at Cleaver House. The ceilings also required some intricate detailing and followed curves established in the plan. We were keen to use Ecophon products as these fulfilled both the functional and aesthetic requirements. We are delighted with the result and appreciative of the skill and workmanship required to fit them,” said the team from Todd Architects.
Focus Ds is ideal for applications where a suspended ceiling with a concealed grid is required, but individual tiles must be easily demountable. The product design allows for easier assembly, integration of light fittings and ventilation. The ceiling has an even appearance, while the bevelled edges form a discreet groove between the tiles. The fact that the product features easily demountable tiles was a big plus for the architects.
Manufactured from high density glass wool, the visible surface of the tiles has an Akutex FT coating while the back of the tile is covered with glass tissue. To improve absorption in the low frequency range, Ecophon Extra Bass can be installed on top of the suspended ceiling.
“Ecophon products were chosen primarily for acoustics and for their appearance. They’re also quality products and easy to work with. The client and architect are very impressed with the finished result,” added Darren Cushe of HSU Construction, who was responsible for the supply and fit of all internal partitions and suspended ceilings in the Cleaver House refurbishment. Saint-Gobain Ecophon develops, manufactures and markets acoustic products and systems that contribute to a good working environment by enhancing peoples’ wellbeing and performance.