Putnam Investments, London

A global investments company managing $173 billion assets. Their London office had a very quiet background sound level due to quiet mechanical noise and the quiet nature of the business. This led to complaints of noise and concentration issues. There was also a problem with speech from some meeting rooms being clearly understood in the adjoining spaces.

Acoustics by Design conducted an on-site survey with measurements of room attenuation. A number of significant weaknesses were found above the ceiling and these were sealed by the fit out contractor. The Lencore sound masking system was then installed by Acoustics by Design to artificially raise the background sound level across all areas enhancing speech privacy and reducing the distractions in the open plan.