Sustainable Acoustics was commissioned by the Royal Borough of Greenwich to provide acoustic design advice for the construction of St. Mary Magdalene Church of England School, the proposed new school at Millennium Way, on the Greenwich Peninsula within site of the O2 arena. This site is affected by noise from London City Airport and the busy Millennium Way.
The performance specifications relate to indoor ambient noise levels in sensitive spaces, ventilation strategy, sound insulation between rooms, the reverberation time in sensitive rooms and speech intelligibility in open plan spaces.
The proposed project is part of the wider regeneration masterplan. The Peninsula campus is envisaged to be an all‑through Church of England School. The all-through school consists of the following:
- Nursery (26 places)
- Standard 2 Form Entry Primary School (420 places)
- Standard 6 Form Entry Secondary School (900 places)
- 6th Form (Post 16) (300 places)
Sustainable Acoustics set out how the acoustic design at Stage 3 of the design achieves compliance with Approved Document (Part E) of Schedule 1 of the Building Regulations (2010) and makes provision for meeting the Client body’s obligation under Regulation 7 of the School Premises Regulations (2012) (SPR).
The Regis School is a newly built secondary school in Bognor Regis, West Sussex which opened in September 2010. The School which replaced an existing secondary school on the same campus, provides a full range of teaching facilities including a sports hall, drama room and music facilities, semi- open plan Art studios and technology ‘workshop’ spaces, an atrium library and atrium dining hall. The classrooms and staff facilities lead off from ‘Streets’, wide corridors that surround the atrium spaces. We provided a full acoustic design service to the Architect, Stride Treglown, to ensure that the requirements of Part E of the Building Regulations and Building Bulletin 93 were met, with particular interest to the acoustic in the two atria spaces.
Finton House School is a fee paying preparatory school in Wandsworth. We were involved in the acoustics design of the new build basement music and science block, which included specialist practice rooms, and ground floor support classrooms for the school, working with Dinwiddie MacLaren Architects.
Broomwood School involved the extension and refurbishment of a Grade II Listed building to provide a flexible performance and assembly space and school hall for an independent preparatory school. We assisted the Architect, Dinwiddie MacLaren in the acoustic design of the space, looking at sound insulation, noise from mechanical services and the acoustic of the performance space.
A particular feature was the acoustic panels that were used around the hall, which were printed with the Bayeux Tapestry. This provided a way for the acoustic treatment to become part of the educational experience.
The creative application of acoustics is a particular approach that Sustainable Acoustics prides ourselves on, which often requires close working with the Architect to achieve an integrated auditory and visual effect.