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As Europe’s biggest dedicated media centre, the BBC’s Media City is ambitious in its scale. Set on the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal this new home for the BBC houses TV and radio stations as well as a mix of commercial and residential areas.


The acoustic properties of a building are even more critical when you’re housing an iconic institution, synonymous with delivering words and music to listeners across the world. Brands across Saint-Gobain worked together to consider how different solutions would work together to create a thermally efficient and sustainable environment. Crucially they also had to deliver acoustic performance that could speak for itself and continue to provide acoustic comfort for occupiers even as technology evolves.


The Saint-Gobain products installed ensure audio comfort through acoustic sound insulation exceeding noise regulation levels by +3dB, as well as acoustic absorption, and systems that provide speech clarity and intelligibility. These solutions also negates issues with harmonious resonance ensuring noise does not travel through the building.

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Materials Used

Gyplyner IWL

British Gypsum’s GYPLYNER IWL can be used within new or existing masonry walls to increase sound insulation and meet stringent thermal performance requirements. 

Focus Ds

For a suspended ceiling solution that delivers on acoustics look no further than Ecophon’s FOCUS Ds. This solution delivers Class A acoustic performance whilst also meeting the strictest indoor climate standards in the world

Acoustic Partition Roll

High level acoustic insulation was provided by Isover’s Acoustic Partition Roll (1200) which can be used in partition walls and floors.  This glass mineral wool not only has the highest reaction to fire rating attainable but is also made from up to 86% recycled glass.

Ensign Soil

ENSIGN SOIL from Saint-Gobain PAM UK is an above ground drainage system benefitting from the properties of cast iron including superior acoustic capability.

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