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Arvalee Special School in Omagh

A high-performance sound solution suitable for educational premises

Located at Lisanelly, the site of the old Army camp in the town, the new purpose-built Arvalee Special School caters for children with severe and moderate learning difficulties, providing a suitable school environment to teach skills and learning programmes to support children aged 3 to 19 years.

Belfast architects, Isherwood & Ellis, combined its considerable understanding of special educational needs to create a unique design that caters sensitively and appropriately for pupils of all ages and ranges of educational needs from moderate to complex. Good acoustics are an extremely important aspect of the new school design and this is where Saint-Gobain Ecophon played a prominent role.

“Special schools play to our strengths,” said Andrew Acheson, the company’s Area Manager for Northern Ireland.“Acoustically speaking, learning environments are demanding premises, and for children and young people with special needs it is even more important to get the acoustics right. On this project we worked closely with the architect and the main contractor, Woodvale Construction. At the behest of the school, our design office in England came up with a bespoke design for the ceiling panels leading into the communal hub breakout areas. We used 14 Solo Freedom panels and changed the shape from the standard rectangular panels into leaf shapes, which were then painted green to tie in with an ongoing nature theme in parts of the building. It was a one-off design and has resulted in a very unique feature, which at the same time provides a high-performance sound solution suitable for an educational environment,” said Andrew

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