Noise restrictions solution for Upstairs at Fred’s rooftop bar

12 February 2019

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 VogueWall acoustic wall 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 VogueWall, delivering a whopping NRC rating in excess of 0.9 (NRC ratings range from 0 to 1). This dual panel solution ensured that the surrounding residents would be completely protected from the sound of music or people dining and comfortably met council requirements.


The possibilities are truly endless; design a revolutionary space with revolutionary products.

For more information on how the ModularWalls team can support your project with cost-effective, aesthetically superior noise attenuation solutions, call our team on 1300 556 957 or simply enquire below.