Case Study

Gulbenkian Theatre Cafe & Bar

Location: Canterbury, UK

The Ceilings division of The Invicta Group has recently completed the installation of a new ceiling at the Gulbenkian Theatre building at the University Of Kent in Canterbury.

The primary objective of the project was to increase the acoustic efficiency of the public areas, due to the extremely high ambient echoed noise levels when filled with people talking. This was achieved by installing 40mm sound absorbant panels directly to the existing plasterboard ceiling. In the dining area, an entire aesthetical upgrade was required, in addition to improving the sound reverberation levels.

Working alongside Ecophon, a leading supplier of sound absorbing ceilings and wall absorber systems, fully adjustable, reverberation absorbing rafts were specially designed and purpose-made in Sweden, making this installation the first of it's kind in the UK. The rafts were designed in 1200mm diameter circular shapes in order to meet the client's aesthetical demands and fit in with the existing round downlights and circular rooflights and velux windows. With further upgrades to the ceilings in the corridor and box office areas, the entire project installation was completed in less than 3 days.

Client Comment

"I just wanted to email to express my thanks for the great job you and your company have done in the Gulbenkian. The impact on the acoustics in the space is huge and instantly noticeable. It is now quieter out there - people are talking in hushed tones (because now they can!), the box office can hear customers on the telephone and overall the space feels calmer. It feels as if we have laid a carpet throughout, when we clearly haven't. The fitters were great too - highly professional, responsible, communicative and just nice guys. They worked really well with the other contractors and ourselves and the work has been done to an extremely high standard. I do hope you will be able to come down soon and see (and hear) the difference. I am still quite stunned at how effective it's all been - and of course it looks great too, so many thanks!"

Pam Hardiman - Deputy Director, Gulbenkian Theatre