Key facts & challenges

Short Description
The Tramshed is a Grade II listed Victorian depot which has been transformed into a new music venue in the heart of a residential area in Grangetown, Cardiff.
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DS Properties
DS Properties
Sub Contractor
Manorcraft Interior Systems
Grangetown, Cardiff
Installation quote
To form the 'lid' of the box, a suspended Siniat Mass Barrier MF Ceiling was specified to ensure high acoustic performance while also providing a void area for MEP services. Particular attention was paid to joins and interfaces to prevent sound flanking. The mass barrier ceiling system was hung from GTEC Phonistar Acoustic Hangers, which are strengthened to support acoustically insulated higher mass ceilings and are acoustically dampened to prevent sound vibration escaping along them.
Impact Quote
"The Tramshed was a challenging job, from both a technical and a practical perspective. We were required to work to very tight timescales to ensure that the venue would be ready to open its doors in time for its first gigs. However, the diversity of Siniat's product range ensured that we were able to meet the high acoustic performance required of the venue and Chris Norris' expert knowledge was invaluable to the success of the project."
Impact Quote Author
Chris Morton, Managing Director Manorcraft Interior Systems

Project description

The Grade-II listed Tramshed in Cardiff required a programme of specialist construction works for the Victorian structure.

First constructed in 1902 and located in a residential area, the Tramshed is a large industrial shed with brick external walls and a metal angled trussed roof. The first phase of the development is a 1,000 person capacity live music venue. The acoustic insulation system needed to be sufficient to cope with noise levels in excess of 100 decibels from live bands, while reducing to an absolute minimum any noise nuisance for surrounding residents.

The solution was an acoustically insulated drywall 'box' which could house the venue internally within the shed.

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