Hilton Brown Swim School

Interior Designer


Hilton Brown Swim School


APS Andrews Property Services

Custom Designed from Workstation; Autex created a 3D Water Droplet as a striking acoustic solution for Hilton Brown Swim School.

“Can’t believe this is the same building… I can actually hear the teachers talking to the students”

Howard Gumbley , Hilton Brown Swim School

Recent findings about ­­­teachers losing their voice and struggling to be heard over a loud class in the education sector has come as no surprise. As research has found this can addressed by lining the walls of the classroom with an acoustic fabric, but how can reverberation issues be addressed if the walls and floors cannot be treated and are made from hard reflective surfaces? 

This is the problem that Hilton Brown Swim School have faced, housed in an industrial area, Hilton Brown Swim School was constructed from concrete tilt slab with large glass windows on its southern side creating the perfect recipe for high levels of sound reverberation.

Staff at Hilton Brown often complained of having headaches, strained voices and feeling fatigued after a long day of teaching young children to swim. This drove Hilton Brown Director Howard Gumbley to turn to Autex for a solution.

Working from recommendations made by Marshall Day Acoustic Engineers; Autex set to manufacture a solution for the 2800m3 space. In a swimming pool, the ceiling is generally the most effective and easily treated surface due to its large surface area and because it is less likely to be damaged from direct impacts from people or equipment. However, an increased area of sound absorptive treatment is required when the absorption is located in one ‘plane’ some distance from the noise generating activity.

Familiar with Autex Quietspace® Lattice designs, Marshall Day Acoustics recommended installing 270m2 of the Quietspace Lattice in the space; however Autex wanted to create a solution that complimented the swim school and made it an exciting environment for children to learn to swim in.

­Utilizing the high performing design elements of Quietspace Lattice, Autex Design Engineers created The Droplet a bespoke job consisting of 28 Workstation® fins custom cut into an amazing 3D water droplet on the ceiling.

Installed by APS Andrews Property Services, The Droplet is manufactured from 100% polyester making it perfect for the damp surrounds of the swimming pool as polyester is not affected by moisture, mold or mildew and will not rot or deteriorate in this type of application.

Overwhelmed by the performance of the final install Howard Gumbley says “Can’t believe this is the same building… I can actually hear the teachers talking to the students”. As a result of the install, Hilton Brown Swim School is now a comfortable space to learn, teach and of course, swim in.

After a unique solution for your space? Talk to your Autex Account Manager and find out how Autex can custom design the perfect solution to redefine your environment. 


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