Rockfon acoustic control is clearly understood in Inverness

February 23, 2016

There has been a lot of excitement around the opening of Inverness College’s flagship campus. The new building accommodates 6,000 students and offers purpose-built research facilities, a new range of further and higher education courses, alongside post-graduate opportunities and in-work training.


The £50 million facility has become a striking feature of the Inverness skyline and its interior is just as breath-taking, designed to maximise the use of space and light. Rockfon acoustic ceiling solutions are installed throughout to help Inverness College achieve its mission to provide high quality learning for the people and support the economic future of the Highlands and Islands.

Clear speech recognition is of essence

When it came to designing the building, good communication was a fundamental requirement. Acoustic modelling identified the extent of acoustic absorption required to ensure speech can be heard and understood in each space.

Light reflection optimises the available natural light

The building is arranged as a ‘shallow ring’ of teaching accommodation wrapped around a learning concourse that accommodates the more social activities of the College. Large areas of glazing optimise the benefits of diffused, natural north light. Rockfon Artic ceilings are installed throughout the classrooms and circulation areas. 

Stringent hygiene demands

Rockfon Hygienic A edge ceilings are fitted in the busy campus kitchen and canteens. Rockfon Hygienic has been developed to meet stringent hygiene demands. The ceiling tiles are robust, can withstand humidity levels of up to 100% and offer high sound absorption, making them suitable for all clean room environments. All Hygienic ceilings have a durable white surface incorporating a fungicide to further enhance the resistance to the growth of micro-organisms.

Colin Burns, Commercial Director at DV McColl, a Rockfon Active Installer, worked with Rockfon to ensure the fit out went to plan and was completed on time. “I’ve fitted Rockfon products before and I’m always impressed with how easy they are to install. The quality is always good and the end result always exceeds expectations.” The products were supplied by Nevill Long.

All teaching spaces, from small cellular classrooms to much larger multi-purpose spaces were modelled to ensure reverberation times complied with Building Bulletin BB93.

Architects BDP

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