Construction is now underway on the £9.1m higher education building, which includes critical listening spaces and lecture theatres as well as open plan resource and social areas. The project is to achieve a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating and, given the nature of the building, the Client has strong aspirations for acoustic quality throughout.
To this end, dBx Acoustics have been involved in the acoustic specification of building services noise levels and partitions in order to ensure that spaces can be used simultaneously without disturbance. We have also commenced a detailed room acoustic modelling exercise in order to develop a finishes strategy which fulfils the Client’s requirements for teaching spaces – a tightly controlled reverberation time including at low frequencies, no perceptible room modes or acoustic ‘hot spots’, and good speech intelligibility.
A BS 4142 noise impact assessment for the proposed roof plant has been submitted to discharge planning conditions and dBx Acoustics has worked with the design team to ensure that plant selections and acoustic mitigation are appropriate to meet the challenging condition of a rating level of 10 dB below background set by the Local Authority.
The project is also being used as a teaching exercise by the University, with the acoustic models available for students to explore and examine, as well as the building under construction itself being used as a teaching tool. Completion is expected in Summer 2018.