The building required a high environmental specification, specifically on the issue of noise reduction. To solve the problem of noise resulting from recycling operations, acoustic louvers were fixed on the external walls. These not only allow fresh air intake but also generate no additional noise. This provides a more comfortable working environment within the building and protects the neighbouring residents living on the fringe of the development from additional noise nuisance.
The forty 305mm deep external acoustic R-Type louvres run along both sides of the building and were manufactured to fit the building’s openings. Seventeen plenums (4.6m wide by 3m tall) of 100mm thick steel acoustic panel work and splitters were positioned behind the louvres.