St. Catherine's Primary School
Ceilings for a new-build primary school
When it came to the specification of ceilings for a new-build primary school in Kidderminster in the UK, acoustic performance and aesthetic appeal were both priorities for Worcester County Council architect, Elizabeth Devas. She turned to British Gypsum for a solution.
Kier Construction was the main contractor for the build, which was completed for Worcester County Council as part of the West Midlands Construction Framework.
Since the start of the 2012/2013 academic year, the staff and pupils of St Catherine’s have experienced an improvement in school life thanks, in part, to the British Gypsum Gyptone Quattro ceiling products installed throughout the building.
“Another factor to consider, secondary to the acoustic needs but also of great importance, was the appearance of the ceilings. As a new-build school, a lot of consideration has gone into the overall aesthetic of every room and the ceilings are no different. With this in mind, I turned to British Gypsum and specified a number of the Gyptone Quattro ceiling products. These not only had the acoustic qualities that we required, but were also available in a variety of patterns and designs, widening the choice."
“In the classrooms, I was keen to use a product that gave a seamless, monolithic appearance, fitting in well with the other aspects of the rooms. Some of the ceilings were sloping, which could have presented a challenge, but having used the Gyptone Quattro range before, I knew it would work well.”
Architect Elizabeth Devas has the story: “Ceilings are a vital part of any school building as they play a major role in determining the acoustic qualities of a room. Acoustics can have a huge effect on day-to-day school life, particularly in the classrooms. Here, it is important to optimise sound absorption. This helps to eliminate echo and minimise sound transmission between spaces to prevent disruptions from external sources that could impact on learning."
Gyptone BIG Quattro 41 ceiling boards were used in the classrooms to meet the requirements of building regulations and create the desired “seamless, monolithic appearance”, along with a Gyptone access panel to make technical installations easy to reach. Gyptone Tile Quattro 50 and Gyptone Tile Quattro 20 tiles were also used elsewhere in the school.
Gyptone BIG Quattro 41
Gyptone BIG Quattro 41 is a perforated plasterboard with square perforation that, together with acoustic backing tissue, provides good acoustic properties. The boards are made with tapered edges on all sides.