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Top Marks For OWA At Newcastle’s Excelsior Academy

OWA UK Ltd, the acoustic ceilings expert, is proving itself a supplier of choice for the new generation of schools. It recently provided 15,000m2 of high quality and cost effective acoustic ceiling systems to the new Excelsior Academy, in Newcastle upon Tyne.

Acoustic conditions within schools have a major impact on pupils’ learning and staff performance. Requirements are strictly governed, under tough Building regulations. OWA UK Ltd more than meets those requirements.

“We specified OWA for the combination of product quality and performance,” says Neil Turner of Durham architects Howarth Litchfield Partnership. “We worked closely with an acoustician and OWA met his criteria, as well as offering a clean white aesthetic.”

OWA is one of Europe’s leading suspended ceiling manufacturers. Its products represent the new generation of acoustic ceilings. That’s thanks to cutting edge technology, design, versatility and reliability.

The company has won clients in more than 100 countries. OWA’s work on the Excelsior Academy strengthens its credentials in the schools sector. The academy has been dubbed a ‘beacon of educational excellence for Newcastle. It caters for children aged 11-18, from the city’s West End, and has places for 1800 pupils.

Excelsior’s theme is enterprise, with four schools within the Academy offering pupils a choice of business and economics, health and related studies, creative and performing arts and design, and construction and the environment. There’s also a sixth form.

A ground-breaking Academy then – and one that requires the best in building design.

OWA is a market leader in acoustic performance. Its tiles contain more than 50% mineral wool; others can have as little as 15% and the difference is audible. The white mineral wool structure is made from natural and recycled materials, and combines fire resistance with the strength and handling characteristics of glass wool. It’s environmentally friendly, bio-soluble and non-hazardous. It will not sag or warp.

On design and versatility, OWA is also hard to beat. Its tiles and panels can be used to create the clean white ‘floating’ look. Yet there’s enough versatility to also bring in different finishes, levels and effects. OWA backs this up with tried and trusted technical and sales support.

For Excelsior, installers BMI mainly fitted OWAcoustic Cosmos tiles. OWAcoustic is one of the most popular high performance ceiling materials in Europe.

The Cosmos tiles are available in four different suspension systems, and offer superior performance. They fully comply with the reverberation time requirements of Building Bulletin 93, the regulations for school acoustics. For the teaching areas, BMI fitted 600mm x 600mm Contura edge tiles, and in the corridors, 1550mm x 400mm planks.

BMI fitted a different range for the high humidity areas – OWAcoustic AquaCosmos – with the corrosion-resistant OWAConstruct suspension system. AquaCosmos is designed for areas such as swimming pools and showers. Even under these conditions the tiles remain durable and stable.

The verdict for the Excelsior Academy? OWA passed with flying colours.

“The OWA tiles were strong and easy to use, and created a clean and attractive finish,” says BMI managing director Bill Mordue.

Main contractor SURGO Construction was also impressed. “The tiles were clearly superior to the old-fashioned mineral fibre stuff,” says SURGO’s Jeff Alexander. “And OWA’s performance is matched by the aesthetic. They look stunning.”

And Howarth Litchfield’s Neil Turner adds: “We take acoustics very seriously here. We have subsequently specified OWA for two other school projects in the North East.”

Work on the Excelsior Academy started in January 2007. It opened its doors, in time for the autumn term 2008.


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