Here are some helpful tips to ensure that you maximize the acoustics in crowded spaces at shopping centres:
1. What is your busiest walkway? Is it the main entrance or that walkway that leads from tower 1 to 2? That’s where you want to ensure you have a high NRC rating panel.
2. Do you have polished concrete or hard tiles floors? Is your ceiling made of a reflective surface like glass? These surfaces are hard and non-absorbent. Look at your walls as they may be the best place absorb the sound reverberating of the walls and ceilings
3. Food Courts, the loudest and busiest location in any Centre. Ensure that you are providing a place that is audibly comfortable and encourage people to stay longer, rather than obnoxiously loud that is on the verge of unbearable.
4. Escalators area a great place to get creative with you acoustics. Those walls are great for a custom design or a pop of colour that also has acoustic properties. Look at a perforation with a 2pk poly or a bespoke panel in a timber veneer. Your options are endless.
5. A mother’s room is a small opportunity to create a safe noise free for mums and bubs. These midday shoppers provide a key percentage of retail purchases, so making them happy will make your retailers happy.
6. That large space that you turn into a stage for singers, performers, acts and play areas during school holidays is a vital area. With a large open area and generally hard surfaces surrounding it, it can cause terrible echoes and create poor performances. Look at operable walls or a high NRC panel around the edge of the ceiling as these acoustic walls will help enhance the performance and may even encourage performers to return.
These areas are key to creating a positive atmosphere in your centre and will encourage repeat visits. Look at spaces that are vacant or uncomfortably loud, and try to add a few acoustic options to help drive traffic.