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Heradesign works out for Oldham Leisure Centre

Oldham Leisure Centre

Heradesign works out for Oldham Leisure Centre

Oldham Leisure Centre’s cutting-edge facilities are built to the high standard demanded to attract major sporting competitions to the town, helping to put Oldham on the national sporting map. Heradesign wall panels from Knauf AMF have played their part in ensuring the success of the project by providing the highest acoustic and durability specifications required for the centre’s eight-court sports hall. Heradesign’s unique textured surface helps make the hall visually appealing and enhances the contemporary interior.

Umesh Mistry of GT Architects specified Heradesign having visited Knauf AMF’s state-of-the-art manufacturing plant in Grafenau, Germany. Umesh was very impressed by the versatility of the product and quickly realised that it would be the perfect solution for a demanding sports hall environment.

“The sports hall is subjected to tough daily use and must be able to withstand heavy impact from a large number of sports. Heradesign is strong and robust and can cope with substantial wear and tear to meet user and client demand. Heradesign’s Class A sound absorption helps control noise in this highly reverberant area enabling us to create a comfortable space where people can play sport without intrusive noise. The finished result is great, and I will be specifying Heradesign on future projects.”

Heradesign is a range of ceiling tiles and wall panels manufactured from sustainably sourced wood-wool and has a durable woven surface that offers the highest Class 1A impact resistance. Heradesign is a cost effective solution for heavy duty areas because it can last more than 80 years even in the toughest environments.

Getting the acoustics right in sports halls can be a real challenge. The hard surfaces typically fitted in a hall are designed to withstand impact damage but have poor sound absorbency. Acoustic control can be achieved by installing sound absorbent finishes, but these materials typically are not robust enough to also resist impact damage. Heradesign offers the highest sound absorption together with impact resistance which is ideal in schools to provide a hard-wearing finish and ensure compliance with the acoustic standards of Building Bulletin 93.

Architects are using colour to create a hall that is visually stimulating and inspires people to want to exercise. Umesh Mistry specified Heradesign in the Sport England blue colour for the sports hall. The surface of Heradesign can be matched to any colour using popular colour systems including RAL, NCS and StoColor. Heradesign is available in a wide selection of face patterns, edge details and bespoke sizes. Panels can be installed as either rafts, baffles, fins or directly on to walls or ceilings, offering further design opportunities.

If you are designing an interior for a demanding environment and would like advice on how to achieve a finished interior that is built to last and is a pleasure to use, contact the team Knauf AMF, who will be happy to help, on 0191 518 8600 or email

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