Hanson Headquarters




Commercial & Retail


Maidenhead, Kent


Commercial & Retail


Our role in the project

By being involved from an early design stage, we:

  • Worked with the architect to incorporate significant areas of acoustic absorption in both the atrium design and the design of the office floors;
  • Had open plan office floors which opened onto the main atrium;
  • Monitored and assessed the implementation of this developed design throughout the construction stage:
  • Attended site visits to make sure the recommended acoustic materials were being correctly installed;
  • Took the necessary noise and vibration measurements for Building Control during the build process;
  • Conducted pre-completion sound insulation tests to meet both regulatory and the client’s own noise level standards.

Specific considerations

Open plan offices to a main central atrium

Reverberation from exposed concrete soffits

Acoustic features of this project

With our expert input, the developed design of the office building used:

  • A slotted wood product in the atrium to fit in with the desired aesthetic;
  • Combined acoustic light raft fittings on the office floors to minimise reverberation;
  • An enhanced acoustic ceiling in the crèche to reduce the levels of noise transfer to and from the crèche and the office floors.


The project won the Brick Development Association 2010 Best Commercial Building Brick Award for being 'an impressive building that not only displays different ways of exploiting brick and brickwork but also contains a number of cutting-edge environmental strategies that contribute to the BREEAM excellent rating it received'.

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