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Acoustic glass partitions make St Philip’s community room wish a reality  

St Philips’ Church recently completed the refurbishment of its community room. We worked in collaboration with the Church to bring this pro-bono project to life. Creating a space to support families in the local community had been on St Philip’s wish list for many years. We really enjoyed working on this well deserved project and it was a pleasure to bring their wish to life. Our glass partitions and doors add brilliant acoustics, creating a comfortable and safe space for families to enjoy.  

Odd Down, Bath

Acoustic glass partitions create a comfortable community room  

Creating a safe, comfortable environment where families and other groups within the community can meet and enjoy was key. St Philips’s wanted to create a bright and airy space that also offers just the right level of acoustic privacy. Revolution 100 offset single glazing adds a smart aesthetic whilst delivering impressive acoustic performance. This stunning dry jointed system adds visual connectivity between the community room and the rest of the Church. As a result, Revolution 100 glass partitions create an airy and open feel throughout the Church. Whilst the system creates a connected feel across the design, it also seamlessly divides the areas, delivering acoustic privacy. Installed with 12.8mm thick toughened acoustic laminate glass, our glass partitions can achieve up to Rw38dB. This strong acoustic rating was key for St Philip’s as they wanted to create a welcoming space for people to enjoy that also offered great sound privacy. Revolution 100 provides the ideal solution, adding a bespoke design feature to the space whilst ensuring acoustic privacy is maintained.  

Enhancing the acoustic performance with Edge Symmetry door 

We maximised the acoustic performance of the community room with the integration of an Edge Symmetry single glazed door. This striking framed door not only adds to the beautiful design, but it offers excellent acoustic performance. Achieving up to Rw35dB, Edge Symmetry enhances the open sense of the space whilst ensuring no sound pollution is transferred between the community room and the church hall.  

Natural light enhances community space  

Equally important as the acoustic performance was the facilitation of natural light in St Philip’s new space. Our collection of glass partitions and doors allows natural light to flood the new community room. Natural light plays a massive part in enhancing people’s health and well-being, so it was crucial that we encourage as much light into the space as possible with our glass partitions. Not only does the glazed partitioning allow natural light to flow through the space but it does so whilst maintaining acoustic privacy. With this in mind, our glass partitions offered the ideal solution to meet the church’s design requirements. 

In addition to promoting natural light through the space, our glazed systems sympathetically protect the church’s original stained glass. We installed a number of 8mm thick toughened glass screens throughout the space to shield the stained glass on the outer walls. These 1324mm x 780mm screens not only deliver a protective guard but they also add a distinctive aesthetic feature. 

A project of personal significance  

HSQE Manager, Andy Stammers looks back over this well deserved project: 

“As a member of St Philip’s myself, it was fantastic to be a part of this project and give something back to the church. The whole Optima team took real pride in working on this fit-out and bringing the community room to life. The bespoke design we delivered for St Philips perfectly represents our core values of quality and respecting our community.” 

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