Armstrong Ceilings will present its virtual reality education experience in Manchester and Edinburgh

Classrooms or conference rooms. We’ve all been in one at some point in our lives. Some professionals spend almost as much time in them than their own home and almost all of us have experienced a badly designed, poorly lit one (some of us have been unfortunate to stay in these spaces).


The study or conference rooms are spaces for social interaction, learning and knowledge, which often are not in optimal conditions to guarantee an effective exchange of ideas and words. How many have been in rooms where you do not understand what the speaker says? The bad acoustics in this type of enclosures affects not only the health of the interlocutor but also the reception and learning of the audiences.


Armstrong Ceilings is following up the launch of a new education brochure by exhibiting at a brace of education shows this term.


The leading UK manufacturer will debut a virtual reality ceiling installation in a classroom at the Education Estates exhibition at Manchester Central from October 16th to 17th (stand G11) and at the Education Buildings exhibition at Edinburgh International Conference Centre from November 21st to 22nd (stand B9).



The new stand


When ceiling and wall design is poor the satisfaction and comfort go down, so too does the productivity. About the new stand,  Armstrong writes:  “users of the new VR experience will find themselves transported to a typical classroom setting which has not been acoustically treated. Amidst the students, they will hear for themselves how typical classroom noise and clatter effects intelligibility and acoustic comfort” .


The use of Ultima+ tiles, the first mineral ceiling tile range in Europe to win Cradle to CradleTM certification), Blind Boxes, Axiom transitions, and Prelude 24 TLS suspension system, will provide a different experience to the user who will feel the acoustical transformation of the learning environment through the installation of a typical classroom ceiling system solution.


Armstrong stated that “It makes it easy to see why 65% of teachers in a London South Bank University survey reported voice problems during their career – a point the VR experience also makes as well as the fact that up to 30% of what is said in classrooms is missed due to extraneous noise”. The presentation also shows that a high light-reflecting ceiling can also help with eye strain and fatigue.


Designed for specifiers to experience for themselves how to create a better and more sustainable learning environment, whether it is new-build or refurbishment, “the VR experience will be joined on stand by the new education brochure and demonstrations of Armstrong’s online selector tool. This advises specifiers on the well-being requirements for a variety of school rooms including auditoriums, classrooms, gyms, cafes, lobbies and corridors”.


Case studies on the use of Armstrong solutions at UK schools including Ystalyfera Welsh Medium Comprehensive School in South Wales, Royal Holloway University of London and Parsons Tower at Newcastle College, will also be featured.


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