Superior acoustic performance board from Siniat has played its part in ensuring great acoustics for musicians while minimising noise nuisance for neighbours at a new music venue in Cardiff.

‘The Tramshed’ is a new 1,000-person-capacity live music venue located in a 113-year old Grade-II listed former tram and bus maintenance depot – a building not originally designed with acoustic properties in mind.

Siniat’s technical team worked alongside DS Properties and Manorcraft Interior Systems to develop a ‘box-in-a-box’ – an acoustically insulated drywall structure supported by a hot rolled steel frame, housing the venue within the building.

The bespoke design comprised three layers of Siniat’s 15mm GTEC dB Board – a dense plasterboard offering superior acoustic performance – applied to the enclosure’s inside faces and secured using Siniat GTEC Acoustic V Braces and Twin GTEC C Studs.

A 90mm independent stud frame, with glass wool insulation and three layers of 15mm GTEC dB Board, was installed along the inside of the venue’s one external, single-skin brick wall, creating an isolated wall lining system to prevent airborne sound leaking out into the street.

And for the box’s ‘lid’, a sophisticated mass barrier ceiling was created, featuring three layers of 15mm GTEC dB Board screwed to heavy gauge metals and hung from Phonistar acoustic hangers, all supported off the existing structural frame.

The Tramshed recently opened to great acclaim, with no complaints from local residents.