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Middlesex University

Altro Serenade: a quiet solution for busy library

Altro Serenade

"Our colleagues in learning and student services group have very much appreciated the additional reduction in sound reverberation."

Mike O'Connor - Project Manager, Middlesex University


Middlesex University London is a public university in Hendon, north west London, England that has 23,000 students. It is one of the post-1992 universities and is a member of the Million+ working group.

The Sheppard Library staircase and lobbies at Middlesex University had an issue with noise. Students gather on the stairs and lobby and to use their phones. The noise of the voices and footfall was disturbing students studying in the library.


Middlesex University has used Altro in a number of projects, and contacted Altro for a solution to be combined with wall and ceiling baffles to reduce the noise.


Altro Serenade in ‘Encore’ was chosen for the area to reduce noise reverberation in the stairwells and lobby. At 3.9mm thick, Altro Serenade provides sound reduction up to 19dB, exceeding the 17dB requirement of UK Building Regulation Part E – Resistance to the passage of sound.

"Our colleagues have also been impressed with design of Altro Serenade, a modern finish which neatly complements the learning environment."

Mike O’Connor - Project Manager, Middlesex University

Whether softening the sounds of little feet or maximizing privacy at work or leisure, acoustic Altro Serenade is more than up to the task. At 3.9mm thick and with 19dB impact sound insulation, not only does it reduce noise, it provides a high level of comfort underfoot, making it a great solution for well-used spaces.

With 15 color and design options, it matches and coordinates with Altro Orchestra and Altro Operetta.