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The SSE Hydro Wins AIS Project of the Year

The SSE Hydro in Glasgow has been awarded 'Project of the Year' in the Association of Interior Specialists (AIS) 2014 Contractor Awards, for work carried out by applicator Roskel Contracts. The judges' summary described the Hydro as "a superb, world-class project".

The venue, which is currently playing host to the boxing, gymnastics and netball for the Glasgow 2014 XX Commonwealth Games, is one of very few venues in the world tailor-made for concerts. Architect Foster + Partners designed the project with the objective to attract one million visitors per years and to place as one of the top three global arenas.

Roskel Contracts installed 3,500 m² of StoSilent Panel Robust on a hybrid Sto SC400 grid to accommodate the rake and design of the building's concrete substructure.

The sound quality throughout the building is of paramount importance, not just in the 12,000 seat auditorium but also in the circulation areas. With crowds of people moving quickly through the space, controlling the amount of echo, reverberation and volume will help to keep the atmosphere calm.

Gregor Milne, Associate at Foster + Partners commented that: "What we liked was the uniform colour and surface texture of the Sto product. We wanted an unbroken surface that followed the contours of the building and the StoSilent ceiling provided that solution."

The first floor circulation areas feature large expanses of exposed concrete and the StoSilent Panels are suspended at ceiling level to provide exceptional acoustic treatment and ensure unwanted reverberation is kept to a minimum.

The 15mm thick panels are made of 96% recycled glass and provide exceptional sound absorption levels of up to 0.75αw. The low weight of the panels minimise loads and the StoSilent Robust reinforced acoustic board can be curved to fit the ceiling shape or, as in this instance, designed to follow the faceted design of the ceiling. This degree of design flexibility was essential to the specification in this landmark building.

The StoSilent Panel system was finished in StoSilent Superfine, an acoustically transparent, lightly textured finish. In this instance, the finish was specified in natural white to contrast sharply with both the exposed concrete and blue feature walls. StoSilent Superfine is also available in an additional 465 colours from the StoColor System.

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Our classically seamless acoustic ceiling, StoSilent Panel is the core product in our acoustic portfolio. The system of choice for most applications, it provides sound absorption values averaging an impressively high 0.65 αw.

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