Award winning Mills Reed Winery now with out-standing acoustic performance

The Challenge

The award winning Mills Reed Winery, located in Bethlehem, Tauranga has recently upgraded their Barrel Room facility which is used for conferences, shows and private functions.

Millsreef1This superb 600 sqm space, located in the basement of the winery, encountered one major drawback – there was an issue with acoustics due to reverberation with the concrete walls and floor.  Challenges in finding an acoustic solution for the venue included:

  • The existing ceiling had foam insulation installed which was necessary to maintain the thermal performance of the room
  • Tight schedules
  • Limited access to the Barrel Room while not in use.


The goal was to use a product that could absorb most of the echo while not detracting from the ambience of the space.  With the help of specialised acoustic reverberation calculations and costing options, NOVAhush Panel Absorber was chosen as the perfect candidate for this project – due to its industrial look and superior acoustic performance.

Mills Reef WineryThe NOVAhush Panel Absorber cloud design meant that very little damage was done to the existing ceiling, which solved the challenge of maintaining the exisiting foam insulation.  The project was carefully managed by Forman Building Systems (Rotorua) in conjunction with Mills Reef Winery and Forman Commercial Interiors (Rotorua), as the contractor to ensure limited distruption to the venue.


A space that is fit for all function types, not only with beautiful aesthetics but high performing acoustics as well.

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