Birkdale, High Wycombe

Helping to shape a complete workspace, implementing a variety of our market-leading solutions.

Established in 1982, Birkdale has undergone a radical transformation since its formation with the Buckinghamshire-based firm evolving to become one of the UK’s leading suppliers of gate and fencing accessories.

In 2018, Birkdale opted to renovate its headquarters in High Wycombe and knowing our reputation, they asked for our help. With a large, open plan sales office and neighbouring breakout space dominating the design, the potential for reverberation and a lack of privacy was high.

To mitigate this, we implemented a number of solutions, from acoustically-rated moving walls to wall panels.

The main part of the sales office is normally populated with people, all making phone calls and going about their daily business.

Naturally, within an open plan space such as this, all those conversations can blur into one, causing distractions, reducing privacy and potentially leading to a feeling of overwhelm at work.

To address this, we installed lattice-shaped Mellow rafts over the main sales office and combined this with a decorative Acoustic aRT panel to help catch and stop noise travelling.

To help further guard against the threat of distractions, inaudibility and a loss of productivity, we also equalised ambient sound levels by installing Humm, our digital sound masking system.

Smaller, group-focused office rooms were present in the design and in one of these small coworking areas, a second Acoustic aRT panel was placed to soak up noise and reverberation caused by the surrounding glass walls.

With a café-style kitchen and games area, the issue of noise and reverberation was also present in the office’s main breakout area. To counter this, we installed Mellow panels above the table tennis table, again to contain sound at source.

As Birkdale welcome a lot of customers and trading partners onto site, careful consideration was also given to the acoustic and aesthetic qualities of the site’s meeting rooms.

Hexagonal ReSound panels, matching Birkdale’s brand colours, lined the walls of two dedicated client-facing meeting rooms.

In the boardroom, 3D tiles were carefully positioned to create an acoustically optimal space, perfect for bother internal- and customer-facing meetings.

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