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Why are good acoustics so important in education?


Sound is a vital part of learning for most people - if you can't discern the information easily, you can't retain the information. 

Sustainable Acoustics is focused on designing optimal acoustic education spaces which work for orators, teachers and students alike. Whether for schools or higher education, we aim to design spaces in which you can hear and retain the lesson that is being taught, making the educational facilities of future generations more enjoyable places in which to teach and learn. 


Sustainable Acoustics has experience in all areas of education:

  • SEN learning environments

  • Primary and Secondary schools, colleges and universities.

  • Local authority and private finance initiatives projects.

  • Faith schools, City academies, Free schools.

  • International education buildings.

We offer a holistic design service, which allows us to deliver an effective strategy commencing at the planning stages right through to the construction and subsequent operation and maintenance of the building, using Building Bulletin 93 as the blueprint for compliance with Building Regulations and SPR or ISSR's. We also put the inclusion of those with hearing impairment at the heart of our advice. 

Many education establishments have very limited budgets to maintain their buildings. We balance the costs of retrofit treatments, capital costs and operating costs with the benefits to pupils, students and teachers. 

When creating successful educational establishments and working in partnership with all stakeholders, our design solutions add value, promote sustainable design and aim to create optimal learning environments whilst making sure that minimal standards required by regulations are met.

Mary Hare School's new school build 3D mock up

Case Study: Mary Hare, Newbury

Mary Hare School is a facility specialising in the education of the hearing impaired, combining a new school build with new dormitories. Sustainable Acoustics worked with Architecture PLB to make sure the acoustics are of the highest SEN standard, optimised throughout. Soundscaping will provide natural sound in the courtyard area.  

Case Study: Riverside Free School

At Riverside Free School, Sustainable Acoustics worked with an off-site construction by Yorkon to minimise work on-site and provide enhanced acoustics and a high-quality, robust finish for a demanding school environment. This 10-form entry school is a new free school for Barking and Dagenham, which meets the requirements of BB93. We were involved in the scheme design and commissioning throughout and in providing resilience for future changes to the overground line nearby.

Architect's drawing of Riverside Free School, drawn in green and beige and featuring two large school buildings

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