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Noise restrictions solution for Upstairs at Fred’s rooftop bar

12 February 2019

1 Min

Upstairs at Fred’s in Camden, NSW, is a quirky bar dedicated to repurposing old treasures and giving them new life. When Steve Wisbey OAM — marketing guru and director at Fred’s — decided to transform a forgotten, unused space into a thriving rooftop bar, his biggest challenge was getting it past council’s strict noise restrictions.

After years of council battles, Steve approached ModularWalls, who were able to design a bespoke noise attenuation solution that delivered all the acoustic requirements and design versatility he needed, without blowing out the budget. The proprietary TrendWall acoustic barrier system provided a preliminary acoustic barrier around the rooftop perimeter.

Watch below to hear more about Steve’s experience with ModularWalls…and to marvel at the unique rooftop bar created from a vibrant mix of old world treasures and new world technologies.



With the cementitious finish of the AcoustiMax panels, along with the choice of aluminium posts for a most subtle profile, it created the perfect blank canvas for Steve’s creative visions.

To provide a heightened acoustic performance, revolutionary AcoustiSorb noise absorption panels were fixed to the face of the TrendWall, delivering a whopping NRC rating in excess of 0.9 (NRC ratings range from 0 to 1). This dual panel solution completely protected neighbours from the sound of music or people dining and comfortably met council requirements.