Acoustics Improvement Project
Reached 100% of target
Many users of the main hall over the last two years have commented on the acoustics that can reduce the clarity of some speech or music, especially for those with hearing difficulties.
The reason is that the hall is a perfect rectangle with flat sides, and the sound waves bounce between the surfaces with little to absorb or deflect them, taking a relatively long time to die down. We have had the hall surveyed by a professional acoustics consultant, who advises us that the echo is 3.5 seconds, whereas it should be around 1 second for a comfortable experience.
We have known for some time that this will be an expensive issue to fix, but we also know that it will improve the usability of the hall and make it an attractive place for meetings, music and arts performances.
The echo can be controlled by fixing specialist acoustic panels to the walls, which absorb the sound without reflecting it back. Unfortunately, they are expensive, and the 16 panels required for our hall will cost a total of £7,500. As announced at the AGM in May, the hall committee has earmarked £5,000 towards this project, and hopes to make up the balance from other fundraising activities in the next few months.
If you are planning an event at the hall and would like to devote some or all of the profits towards this particular project, please let us know. Or if you would like to make a donation towards it, we would be delighted to talk to you! Just think, an acoustic panel with your name on it... everyone would appreciate it for a long time to come!
Update: With generous donations from many events, we have now reached 100% of the target and have ordered the acoustic panels. If everything goes according to plan they will be installed by the middle of October.