A unique educational facility, Darwin High School in the Northern Territory is not only surrounded by native tropical vegetation, it’s also located a stone’s throw from the Arafura Sea.
The Northern Territory Government recently worked on an extensive project with long-term CSR Gyprock customer and highly awarded plasterer, Roger Bailey of Bailey Interiors, to help solve a recurring issue with failing ceiling systems.
“There was a need to manage the sound reverberation and reduction of noise within the learning environments at Darwin High School, so an acoustic ceiling tile was a necessary inclusion”, says Mark Taylor, Director of Buildings Maintenance and Minor Works, Northern Territory Government.
This project was considerably large in scale, replacing approximately 3,000 square metres of ceilings in the administration building of the high school, all whilst working with a limited time frame during mid-term school holidays.
From this range of custom made ceiling tiles, Roger Bailey put forward the high quality Shadex option, a 600mm x 600mm acoustic bespoke ceiling tile made with Gyprock Casting Plaster – a grit-free speciality plaster that produces a strong moulded product with a clean cast face.
Incorporating a 3D grid pattern of tiny square blocks randomly aligned on the tile, Shadex provides a rigid, faceted diamond appearance once installed. “I wanted to ensure that the ceiling tiles created were unique in style, aesthetically pleasing and most importantly, offered excellent sound absorption capabilities”, explains Bailey.
The Shadex design offered an attractive ceiling solution with the highest acoustic rating possible to reduce noise transfer and sound reverberation in crucial learning environments. The Northern Territory Government is extremely pleased with the successful outcome and innovative product delivered by Roger Bailey, with the refurbished ceiling improving the overall performance of the administration space.