Tramshed Music Venue, Cardiff

Siniat supported the technical development of an innovative acoustic insulation system for a new 1,000 person-capacity live music venue in Cardiff as part of a scheme by DS Properties. 

Located in the Tramshed, a 113 year old Grade II listed former tram and bus maintenance depot, Siniat’s challenge was to ensure great acoustics for performing musicians, while minimising noise nuisance for neighbouring residents – within a building not originally designed for this purpose. 

Siniat’s Technical team worked alongside DS Properties and Manorcraft Interior Systems to develop a ‘box-in-a-box’ solution – an acoustically insulated drywall structure supported by a hot rolled steel frame to house the venue within the building.  

The bespoke design comprised three layers of Siniat’s 15mm GTEC dB Board – a dense plasterboard offering superior acoustic performance – applied to the enclosure’s inside faces and held in place using Siniat GTEC Acoustic V Braces and Twin GTEC C Studs.  A 90mm independent stud frame, with glass wool insulation and three layers of 15mm GTEC dB Board, was installed along the inside of the venue’s one external, single skin brick wall to create an isolated wall lining system to prevent airborne sound leaking out into the street parallel to the building.

To form the box’s ‘lid’ a sophisticated mass barrier ceiling was created, featuring three layers of 15mm GTEC dB Board screwed to heavy gauge metals, hung from Phonistar acoustic hangers, all supported off the existing structural frame.

The Tramshed opened its doors in 2016 to great acclaim, with no complaints received from local residents.