Unit to Studio Conversion
Creating a sound stage
Creating an acoustically treated, industry-standard production space in a neglected warehouse environment, presented challenges beyond our previous endeavours. However, we embraced the opportunity to repurpose and rebuild in order to achieve our client’s demanding objectives. Initial prep involved removing old vents, the ancient heating system, fraying electrical cables and a large and very heavy old safe!
On the exterior roof structure we applied an overlay of steel panels with insulation. This was topped with Silent Roof material to prevent rain noise pollution entering the studio space, and was followed by an array of additional tasks to improve and upgrade the overall building exterior. We set about painting, rendering, marking up all parking spaces, removing bollards, minor general repairs and to cap it all – a brand new light up LED studio sign.
The interior space benefitted from new electrics, 3 phase, HVAC and an insulated suspended ceiling all painted black along with the metal steel roof rafters. We built sound walls all round with bespoke doors, large loading bay doors and matching black door furniture. The doors received a rubber edge and backing with seals all round, while the floor was ground down to a smooth level surface and then painted with a light grey industrial epoxy resin. The infinity cove at 5m deep x 10m wide x 4m high was unique in build, the client spec was for us to create a semi-modular structure which appears to blend into the floor while incorporating an element of ‘portability’ giving the option to dismantle in future and move to another location.
Once all the walls were completed, the addition of ABS (acoustic barrier system) – a class ‘A’ sound absorption product – installed on three walls in front of the cove removed reverb, echo and has helped to achieve impressive sound reduction levels within the new studio space.
In addition to the studio space we also installed a new kitchen, bathroom and refurbished an old storage room into a rather smart MUA station and to complete an acoustically treated production space with comfortable green room, excellent facilities and dedicated parking bays.