Blackberry Headquarters, Maidenhead

dBx Acoustics worked alongside Fabric and AreaSq to deliver an acoustically excellent internal design for Blackberry’s new HQ at the Pearce Building, Maidenhead.

Blackberry HQ Lobby

Acoustic Challenges

The ground floor client meeting room suite, and the event space were key areas of acoustic concern on this project. In addition, the project comprises both open plan and cellular office space.

Blackberry reported previously experiencing acoustic problems when using video conferencing. This therefore, made them keen to avoid such issues in their new HQ. Working in conjunction with Blackberry’s AV specialists to confirm the loudspeaker selection, dBx Acoustics Ltd created acoustic models of the meeting spaces in order to optimise the quantity and placement of acoustic treatments within the meeting rooms, and to ensure good speech intelligibility, both for those in the room and those on the other end of the teleconference.

Event Space

The event space being flexible, and multi-functional, can be used for meetings, exhibitions, or as staff break out space. Arguably, with a high beamed ceiling and curtain walling, the space is acoustically challenging. Again, we used a computer model to optimise acoustic treatment within the space to allow it to function appropriately.

We took a similar approach with the staff kitchen / social spaces.


Office Privacy

Finally, the dBx team reviewed the acoustic specification of doors and partitions throughout the scheme to ensure that they were appropriate to provide speech privacy between critical spaces, for example between HR offices and the surrounding open plan space.

Client Satisfaction

Working on the initial concept and detailed design with Fabric, AreaSq appointed dBx Acoustics to monitor changes made to the design and materials during the construction phase. Ultimately, this ensured that the client took possession of spaces which both look, and sound, amazing.

You can find out more about the project here.