Avanta Serviced Office Group is trialling a ‘sound room’ in its Warwick Street, Covent Garden, Devonshire Square and Hammersmith offices. The Avanta Sound Room created by The Sound Agency and Adair Acoustic Design uses ambient noise to neutralise office distractions and enable people to concentrate.Julian Treasure, chairman of The Sound Agency, said: “Noisy workspaces may need damping down to the ideal level of 45-55 dB, while
very quiet spaces may need masking sound to create some privacy and reduce distraction when colleagues take calls or converse. Masking sounds are typically low density, requiring little attention, and pleasing to work in. Examples could be birdsong or gentle flowing water.”
To coincide with the launch of the Avanta Sound Room, Avanta has released the results of a poll of 1,000 office workers showing that 80% are regularly distracted by noise, with 31% choosing to work from home or a local café or library to escape from it. It claims that noise can reduce productivity by up to 66%.
The Avanta Sound Room is the latest multi-sensory workspace created by Avanta.
Previous examples include the Avanta Aroma Room and the Avanta Light Room, which is now being re-introduced at the request of customers.