Movable Acoustic Walls and Sliding Folding Partition Systems Case Study

The Sage, Gateshead – AIS 2005 Gold Award Winner

The Sage Gateshead

Brockhouse Modernfold Ltd., the longest established supplier of movable acoustic walls in the UK, are pleased to announce the completion of the movable wall installation at The Sage in Gateshead.

Acclaimed in the media as ‘an auditoria of acoustic excellence’, The Sage has taken ten years of detailed planning and has been designed after extensive consultation with musicians, music presenters and promoters.

Brockhouse were excited to rise to the challenge of designing, manufacturing and installing what Arup stated as ‘one of the most advanced movable walls ever to be installed in the UK’. The partition is positioned on the stage to form a backdrop, however there were a number of obstacles in the design that a standard movable wall could not deal with.

To ensure that the aesthetic apppeal was not compromised at the expense of acoustic performance we employed a unique reversible finish of soft Hessian sound absorption board with a veneered hardwood finish to the other side. Our Research & Development Unit designed a one off edge profile using a ball and socket joint which not only allowed the panels to be reversed but also complimented some twenty three acute angles within the headtrack to enable the wall to form a semi-circle.

The next requirement of the client was an ability to control airflow on the stage, specially designed louvre shutters in each panel meant that the movement of air was easily controlled and adjusted.

In summary Brockhouse have achieved what the client asked for, a reversible screen that could either absorb or deflect sound with a minimum of effort at a size that other companies could not contemplate.

It is Brockhouse’ firm belief that their specially adapted Series 600 system is the only system in the UK that could rise to such a technically demanding challenge and satisy all aspects of the specification. This has been borne out in the feedback received from Norman Fosters & Partners and we are currently working with Laing O Rourke on a system of similar proportions at Coventry Arena Football Stadium.

Not content to rest on their laurels Brockhouse Modernfold are now moving forward with both major and smaller projects and invite you to browse this website for further information or call on 01905 33 00 55.

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