Village halls are the focal point of many a small community around the United Kingdom, often built with funds raised over numerous years through pain staking application processes to secure government or private funding to allow the project to become a reality.
As a cornerstone of the community, village halls are used for a multitude of purposes, often including:
– Play Groups
– Action groups for things such as weight loss
– Small sports meetings such as martial arts
– Youth organizations such as Scouts or Guides
– Social events and Fund Raising
As a result the halls are often built to meet the demands of the local community and acoustics are generally overlooked as a consequence of this which results in further issues once the space is ‘rented out’ to these organizations.
Without a doubt reverberation is the main issue that these small community based halls suffer from. Often built with a minimalist of design requirements, often to save on cost, users of this space often complain about the poor acoustics and, in our experience, the most common reason why organizations move out of these venues resulting in the loss of much needed revenue.
To ensure the minimum treatment is applied for maximum results we advise that a reverberation assessment is carried out (either through testing or calculation).
Resolving the Issues
Adding appropriate acoustic wall panels or ceiling panels is an easy fix for reverberation and once we understand how the hall performs the quantity of material can then be calculated and designs drawn up on how to best fix this.
We appreciate that funding such works may be time consuming as grants usually need to be applied for and agreement gained by the committee to undertake the works is required.
Because of this we will always assess what the minimum requirements need to be and provide additional advice so that the treatment can be installed by members of the community that may have suitable experience in such matters.