Gyprock EC08 Complete met the brief for a high performing wall solution for the Cochlear Education Centre (CEC) fit-out at the Australian Hearing Hub in Macquarie University.

Boutique architecture practice, Danette Architecture, which designed the new Cadaver and Research Laboratory for world-leading hearing implant equipment company Cochlear, sought an internal lining solution that met the clear specifications for the state-of-the-art facility.

Architect Mark Wilson explained that the walls needed to be durable and impact resistant, fulfilled acoustic requirements and could withstand moisture or mould growth.

Wilson worked closely with CSR Gyprock in researching the appropriate wall materials for the laboratory space and was immediately sold on the innovative properties and practical design solutions that EC08 Complete could offer.

A premium multifunction plasterboard, EC08 Complete is engineered to meet a broad range of performance requirements. The low VOC board surpassed all considerations of the Danette Architecture brief, satisfying both the architect and client with its superior qualities.

"Gyprock's EC08 Complete had the exact properties required for such a specialist laboratory fit-out, including mould and moisture resistance, fire and acoustic rating and impact resistance," Wilson said.

“Additionally the low VOC levels complied with the Green Star ratings of the existing building.”

Gyprock's Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) certified EC08 Complete is Australia's first environmental plasterboard that has mould resistance, which makes it particularly ideal for projects that require sensitive execution such as the new Cochlear research centre. The low VOC board is manufactured to Australian Standard AS2588 Gypsum Plasterboard.

The superior education and research facility for Cochlear was purpose-built to teach surgeons and hearing specialists from the Asia Pacific area, the surgical procedures associated with Cochlear implants. It comprises of a PC2 classified large surgical laboratory with medical storage facilities and a separate research facility.

EC08 Complete and the comprehensive EC08 range of internal lining solutions for sustainable building, offer practical and innovative design solutions for such cutting edge facilities.