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    University of Huddersfield, Oastler Building
    Architect: AHR Architects, Manchester
    Installer: The Giotto Group
    Product: Linear Rib
    941m2 (or 13,700 linear metres) of linear ribs in natural Oak veneer were installed to the walls and ceilings of the central hub, lift, and stair cores in addition to the ceilings of the lecture theatre and multi-use performance space.
    The new £28 million landmark building at the historic university will be the new home of law, humanities, and media students. The building houses various lecture and seminar rooms as well as the striking atrium space and large multi-use lecture and performance space.
    The central atrium space at the Oastler Building was designed to be a bright and open breakout space for both group working and socialising. By cladding the central lift-core and staircases with linear ribs the architects at AHR were able to provide acoustic control to the large open space without sacrificing the style and elegance of exposed glass and concrete architectural features.
    Acoustics are especially important in multi-use auditoriums and lecture theatres; by covering the ceiling in acoustic class B linear ribs in angled rafts across the length of the room the sound will be directed towards the audience and reverberation will be kept to a minimum.