Bringing a forgotten part of the city back to life, KAMPUS is a new neighbourhood by Capital & Centric and Henry Boot Developments located at the former Manchester Metropolitan University campus. The canal-side transformation is a celebration of the vibrancy and diversity of Manchester: a new cultural spot for the city complete with contemporary homes and independent shops, restaurants, bars and cafes.Read more
Circle Square is a large-scale mixed-use scheme that provides 1,700 new homes, 1.2 million sq. ft of commercial office space and 100, 000 sq. ft. ground floor retail and leisure space over three major phases. Located in Manchester’s city centre Oxford Road Corridor, the development is on the former BBC site following its relocation to MediaCity in 2011.Read more
TECA is the largest new entertainment complex in Europe. The £333m world-class facility provides a 15,000 capacity arena, exhibition and conference space, two hotels and an energy centre. Located on the site of the former Rowett Institute, TECA provides four times the exhibition space of the previous AECC.
Sandy Brown were engaged in 2014 and provided full acoustic consultancy services on the project. This included supporting the project through the planning process and the detailed design, construction and commissioning of all the buildings on the site.
Leeds Playhouse opened in October 2019 following a £15.8 million regeneration as an expanded arts and entertainment venue. The building now contains a new third performance space, the Bramall Rock Void. Improvements were also provided to the existing auditoria, restaurant, cafe and bar, as well as other public, and back-of-house spaces.Read more
The ABC Buildings are a mixed-use development remodelled from the 1960s Astley & Byrom House which was originally designed by Leach Rhodes Walker. Maintaining the ‘brutalist’ architectural style, the buildings form part of Manchester's £1.35bn Enterprise City – a cluster of workspaces targeted at film, TV, media and tech companies which ‘seek a presence in the city centre’.
The development includes an Everyman 3 screen cinema and bar; The Farm recording/media studios which feature Dolby sound studio suites, a Barry’s Bootcamp gym, speculative offices, retail spaces and rooftop amenity terrace area.
Tocumen Airport is the international airport of Panama. In 2012, a project to build a new south terminal began, designed to provide a further 20 gates with full check-in, arrival and baggage handling facilities.
By 2022, it is anticipated that the new gate will have increased the airport’s capacity from 5.8 million to 18 million passengers.
Sandy Brown has advised on the acoustic design for many Apple stores across the world, working in collaboration with Foster and Partners.
To date we have advised on over 30 stores internationally. These include stores in historical buildings and on new-build sites.
The Frederick Douglass Centre at Newcastle University is a £34 million flagship development forming part of the Newcastle Helix scheme (formerly known as Science Central). The building functions as a teaching and learning facility in honour of the US anti-slavery campaigner, who was accommodated nearby the Helix site.Read more
The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama opened the latest phase of its redevelopment at the Swiss Cottage campus in early 2019, expanding a single-story site to twelve stories, two of which are positioned underground.
Founded in 1906 at the Royal Albert Hall, the School moved to the Embassy Theatre in 1956 and it is upon this historic site that it continues to grow, consolidating teaching, rehearsal and performance space, including five new studios and a courtyard theatre.
Anthology London’s Deptford Foundry pays homage to a former 1831 metal foundry on Arklow Road, once a thriving producer of a variety of metal goods. The residential development is uniquely positioned on a three-acre site between two converging railways and consists of 316 new build residential properties, as well as commercial space with creative studios.Read more
Oxford University’s Clore Music Studios opened its doors in summer 2019 and features a double-height rehearsal space on the ground floor within a 3 storey solid stone structure. Two studios dedicated to chamber music rehearsal sit on the upper floors alongside four other practice rooms.
The contemporary building is connected to the neighbouring Savile House by way of a glazed atrium extending into the partially sunk ground floor rehearsal studio, and subsequently providing a direct visual connection to the street.
“Cars: Accelerating the modern world” is a limited exhibition lasting 21 weeks within the Sainsbury Gallery of the renowned Victoria and Albert Museum of London. The exhibition features 15 different cars depicting the automobile’s influence on design, culture and human behaviour alongside over 200 car-related objects as curated by museum researchers.Read more
South Gardens is the first phase of the major Elephant Park development, part of a wider regeneration of London’s Elephant and Castle. The development comprises 360 homes set across nine buildings – a mix of mid-rise mansion blocks, townhouses and a tower. The project also includes a standalone energy hub providing heat and power to the entire Elephant Park development. High specification glazing allows the technology housed within to be showcased.Read more
Hotel Indigo is the result of a unique combination between a refurbished Grade II listed structure and a new build 14-storey rotunda, achieving a seamless blend of the historic and contemporary. The boutique hotel is located on a strategic gateway site to Manchester’s £800 million NOMA development; right next to Victoria station, with Metrolink tram lines directly adjacent to the building.Read more
Edgbaston Park Hotel and Conference Centre is based at the prestigious University of Birmingham, one of the world’s top 100 institutions. The aim was to create a central conferencing hub that captures the enticing contrast of a vibrant city with a peaceful leafy location within a conservation park. The striking modern buildings contain state-of-the-art conference spaces with impressive flexibility and sleek audio-visual technology.Read more
The complete reconstruction of the former Victorian era building cleverly maximises the site to provide five tiered levels of classrooms and play spaces around interlocking light wells. Key acoustic issues included noise ingress to the school development via open windows, sound insulation of the walls and floors within the tightly arranged and interlinked layout, and control of reverberation throughout.
The project formed part of a wider regeneration project in South Kensington, London, that also encompassed redevelopment of the adjacent Clearings warehouses for residential.
Three new buildings adjacent to the existing Belfast campus building in the up-and-coming Cathedral Quarter. The main building contains art and design workshops, engineering test facilities, including an anechoic chamber, bio-medical facilities, lecture theatres and a learning resources centre.
The data centre, designed for Project Matterhorn, covers two buildings. Each has a total area of just over 35,000 sq. metres. Each data centre is a two-storey building with mechanical and electrical plant on the ground floor and three individual data halls at first floor level.
Chillers and generators are located in a two-storey plant compound at the front of the building.
The South London Theatre, in the London Borough of Lambeth, is an amateur dramatic society that has been working for than 40 years and produces more than 20 shows a year, comprising various genres. A converted Victorian fire station originally built in 1881, it was redesigned by the architect Owen Luder and partially converted into a theatre in 1967. Listed as a Grade II building, it has a proscenium stage and 96 seats for the public. The project completely reorganised the layout of the theatre and its support spaces, providing a new ground level extension. The opportunity was taken to greatly improve the sound insulation and internal acoustics performance.
Spire Healthcare is a leading private hospital group.
Their flagship hospital in Didsbury, South Manchester, includes outpatient and inpatient facilities, six operating theatres, intensive therapy unit and hydrotherapy facilities. There is also a hybrid theatre and 150-seat education centre contained within the development.
1 Newhall Street provides modern, Grade A office accommodation with ground floor retail space.
The building, formally known as Phoenix House, occupies a prime location in the heart of Birmingham’s business district.
This renovation and fit out of the 12 storey building increased the floorplates of the office accommodation by extending to the rear of the site. At the front, the building was re-clad with a new glass facade to increase the amount of natural light and create a more contemporary entrance to the offices. New heating and cooling systems were added along with new lifts and M&E.
Alongside the office space, the 50,000 sq. foot development provides secure parking, cycle storage and shower and change facilities. The development also provides a large ground floor retail unit.
Sandy Brown is proud to have contributed to the design of the new European headquarters for Bloomberg LP. Located in the heart of the City of London, the new 3.2-acre site comprises two linked buildings which provide approximately 1.1 million square feet of office and retail space.Read more
Sandy Brown's initial proposal for this Grade I listed building was to specify a suitable loudspeaker system for one of their function rooms used for dining, conferences and events. Their existing system was particularly dated and they had a number of problems related to speech intelligibility through the system and across the space whilst the system was being used. As the hall has a particularly ornate interior design and is protected by English heritage there was a limitation in what we could specify to improve the acoustics of the space.
We modelled the hall and considered a number of loudspeaker systems, in the end we concluded a beam steering loudspeaker system was suitable, whereby sound is angled down towards the audience without exciting the space.
One Spinningfields is a mixed use office, leisure and retail development at the heart of Manchester’s prominent Spinningfields business district.
260,000 square feet of Grade A office space sits on top of a seven storey podium building and is topped with a rooftop terrace bar and restaurant that provides panoramic views of the city centre.
4 Pancras Square is a 10 storey, 174,570 sq ft office development on Pancras Square, one of London’s fastest growing creative hubs, houses Universal Music’s global headquarters with a ground floor café/bar opening to the Square.
Notable for its innovative structural weathering steel exoskeleton against a backdrop of white glazed ceramics, the new build has been awarded the RIBA London Award 2019 and RIBA National Award 2019 and holds a BREEAM Outstanding score of 88.1.
A redevelopment of the existing Al Khozama Centre in Riyadh to form a new luxury hotel with function spaces, spa area and restaurants as well as guestrooms and suites. The site is adjacent to the existing Al Khozama Hotel and connected to the neighbouring Al Faisaliah complex via a link bridge. Acoustically, the key challenges were to ensure that acoustic standards for luxury hotel use could be achieved whilst considering the limitations of the existing structure, and to control reverberation in the large central atrium thereby avoiding excessive noise transfer to guest areas which open onto it.
Redevelopment and extension of a Grade II listed Art Deco former cinema to create a cultural centre containing an 800 seat theatre, a library, cafe and 100-seat art-house cinema. The development is situated in Chester's area of archaeological importance within the Roman fortress and medieval city.Read more
Redevelopment of a river front brownfield site on the Greenwich Peninsula to include an international cruise liner terminal, 770 apartments and a 251 room hotel with conference facilities.
XYZ is an office development located on Hardman Boulevard in the Spinningfields business district of Manchester.
The development includes 22,000 sqm of office space over seven floor levels with optional shell, Cat A or bespoke specification. It contains a managed entrance hub which includes a lobby, business lounge and restaurant space at ground floor level. A gym is located in the basement and an event space is included on the 7th floor.
Studio Wayne McGregor is a creative arts space for multiple award-winning choreographer Wayne McGregor CBE and his company of dancers. Designed by architectural practice We Not I, it comprises three dance studios, including two of the largest in London, and a series of collaborative spaces located on two upper floors of the Here East building in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Noise and vibration transfer between the vertically stacked studios and adjacent spaces was a key element of the design to ensure adequate simultaneous usage. The main studios are surrounded by multi-level open plan space that has an element of reverberant control. Studio Wayne McGregor are the first arts organisation to be based in the Here East building, a place for collaboration across arts, science, technology and research.
West Hampstead Square is a mixed-use development located on a former brownfield site in the vibrant and affluent north-west neighbourhood of the same name.
The new build contains 198 new apartments comprised of private and affordable housing, commercial retail units ranging from five to twelve stories, office units and 2600 sq. ft. of leisure space.
Sandy Brown provided acoustic advice on the extension of Barrow Hedges Primary School, in Sutton.
The project included a refurbished main hall for assemblies, additional classrooms for SEN children and specialist rooms for music teaching. Most of the new areas were designed to be naturally ventilated, which also implied enhancements to the existing fabric of the school.
The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (RJAH) is a leading orthopaedic centre of excellence. Located in Oswestry, Shropshire, the hospital provides a range of musculoskeletal surgical, medical and rehabilitation services.
This project, for the development of a new theatre ward and tumour out-patient department, added four new clean-air theatres, a high dependency unit, an admission-on-day-of-surgery unit and a ten bed ward to the hospital's facilities.
The Avenues is Kuwait's largest leisure destination. Spread over an area of 301,000 sq. metres, the mall has over 800 stores and services, 10 anchors, and a parking capacity for 10,000 vehicles. The design of the 1st Avenue and 2nd Avenue reflect the natural lines of the Arabian desert, whereas the new districts are inspired by some of the oldest cities in the world. The Avenues comprises six distinct districts that include The Mall, The Grand Avenue, SoKu, The Bazaar, Luxury Mall and The Souk. These new districts will connect to earlier phases of The Avenues through a series of courtyard plazas. Sandy Brown carried out comprehensive acoustic modelling of the districts to establish the likely acoustic quality experienced by visitors to the mall.Read more
Seven stations on the Sungai Buloh-Kajang (SBK) Line extending south of the city. The stations include three underground stations at Pasar Rakyat, Cochrane and Maluri and four elevated stations at Taman Bukit Ria, Taman Bukit Mewah, Leisure Mall and Plaza Phoenix.Read more
Mixed-use development comprising two towers connected by a seven storey podium building containing conference facilities, luxury shops, cafes and restaurants. The taller tower, at 68 storeys, provides a new headquarters for VietinBank, one of Vietnam's largest banking groups. The second, 48-storey tower, houses a five-star hotel, spa and serviced apartments
Accommodation for the University of Salford's Schools of Art, Performance and Music. It contains five professional standard recording studios, a TV studio, two radio studios, 33 music tutorial/rehearsal rooms, 10 drama & dance performance spaces and a 400 seat black box theatre.Read more
Cannon House on Priory Queensway, Birmingham provides offices for the Energy Systems Catapult. The offices were designed as a hub for the energy industry that will facilitate and enhance innovation and create new opportunities for growth and collaboration. Working with Monteith Scott Architects, Sandy Brown provided the acoustic design for the offices redevelopment. Audio demonstrations were provided during the design process to help the client and wider design team appreciate the impact of acoustic decisions.
Phoenix House is a nine storey office building that provides 6,000 sq ft of Grade A office space. Located just off Colmore Row in Birmingham’s central business district, this refurbishment formed part of the wider regeneration of the area. Working with Wates Construction, Sandy Brown provided advice on environmental noise and sound insulation as well as the acoustic performance of a new glass façade that is designed to increase the amount of natural light into the building.
The Opera House Dubai is an innovative privately funded performing arts centre which is set to become one of the most significant, vibrant and successful entertainment venues in in the Middle East.
The 2,000 seat, multi-purpose theatre features variable acoustics and layouts that make it a suitable space for opera, musicals, ballet and dance performances and drama productions as well as conferences and functions.
Movable risers are used to change the stalls floor from raked seating to flat floor and rotating side balconies are used to change the shape of the auditorium between theatre and concert modes. An acoustic shell is used to close off the fly tower and form an orchestral stage for concert mode. The design uses reflectors along walls and overhead to enhance the natural acoustics of the venue and shallow balcony overhangs to ensure all parts of the audience are acoustically immersed in performances.
Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre is made up of four connected buildings that together create a home to showcase the performing arts in Kuwait. It forms the focal point of Kuwait’s new national cultural district.
Featuring a theatre centre, music centre, conference centre and a national library,the development includes a 2,000 seat theatre, 1,000 seat concert hall, 350 seat recital hall, multi-purpose function room and a 400 seat cinema. In addition to the main theatre, there is also a 600 seat theatre, a studio theatre and many rehearsal and support facilities.
Cambridge Street is a residential development that provides high quality accommodation in Manchester city centre. It is a worthy addition to the city’s skyline and is the next phase in the ongoing regeneration of the area.
The development contains 282 apartments with 1,700 square feet of commercial space and a split level car park on the ground floor. Situated between Whitworth Street West and the Mancunian Way, residences are split into two blocks – one of 28 storeys and another of 21 storeys.
Near to Oxford Road station, the site is within close proximity to busy rail lines with passenger and freight traffic, a busy inner ring road and a major bus corridor.
Spurs’ new training centre on the 77 acre Bulls Cross site provides the highest quality playing, training and medical facilities for its first team squad and youth academy. The main building features an 80 x 50m ETFE covered artificial pitch at its heart.
Covering 67 acres, there are 11 outdoor pitches as well as the two-storey training centre with medical facilities, swimming / hydrotherapy pool, fitness centre, changing rooms and a media centre.
Anfield has been the home turf of Liverpool FC since their formation in 1892.
The expansion of the Main Stand formed part of a wider regeneration of the Anfield area. The project began in 2014 increase its capacity from 12,200 to 20,500 to make it the largest capacity single stand in the country.
Airbus is a multi-national aircraft manufacturer. It is also a world leader in wing design, engineering and manufacture.
Its site in Broughton, North Wales is responsible for assembling the wings for all Airbus civil aircraft, including those for the world’s largest passenger airliner, the A380.
With over 6,000 staff located at the Broughton factory, it is estimated that over 1,000 wings per year are produced.
The Shetland Gas Plant is said to be capable of supplying energy to two million homes and was the biggest construction project in the UK since the London Olympics. Sandy Brown were engaged to advise on the designs of the administration building, gatehouse, and workshop / warehouse. The administration building contains acoustically sensitive spaces such as emergency response rooms, as well as large meeting rooms and offices. Our acoustic engineers provided support to the design team, answering queries arising from site, and carried out acoustic commissioning testing on completion to demonstrate that the building achieved compliance with the required standards.
Levenmouth Academy is a new £45m school with the capacity for 1800 students and 200 staff. Sandy Brown provided a full acoustic consultancy service from design through to completion.
The new Portobello High School is Edinburgh’s largest school, with capacity for 1,400 students.
Google’s office at 6 Pancras Square in London provides 350,000 sq feet of office accommodation over 11 floors.
Comprising office areas, a fully functional gym, restaurants, serveries, meeting rooms, along with highly sensitive spaces such as a Town Hall and provision of three state-of-the-art recording studios for YouTube and other social and relaxation space, the building is able to accommodate over 2,000 members of staff.
Cobalt Place forms part of the redevelopment of the Saint John Bosco College site in Battersea, London. The buildings are arranged to form a residential quarter with a central court space, a new community amenity that opens new views to the neighbouring Sacred Heart church. This is one of the first UK residential structures built out of cross-laminated timber (CLT). This durable structural material has the potential to save on energy costs due to its compact wood layers allowing only half the air leakage of concrete, which reduces the amount of energy needed to heat the building by 40 percent.Read more
This three storey laboratory and business outreach building is a serviced biomedical laboratory providing entrepreneurs, innovative start-ups and micro-businesses with access to affordable laboratory equipment and facilities. The hub is located in the Birmingham Research Park, which is a joint venture between the University of Birmingham and Birmingham City Council, and includes start-up space in the laboratories, then room for growth in serviced office space and meeting rooms on the upper floors. Facilities include high specification laboratories with dark room, tissue culture labs and microbiology lab as well as extensive shared laboratory equipment.
Sandy Brown provided a full acoustic consulting service including guidance on a strategy to meet BREEAM criteria along with commissioning testing to ensure compliance. The location was directly adjacent to a train line, so surveys and assessments of the effects of vibration and noise on the building were key to ensuring the laboratory facilities could function. As the building houses many varying functions, both noisy and noise sensitive, it was important to provide suitable sound insulation between them all, and suitably quiet mechanical services.
Christ Church in Spitalfields is an operational church in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. The Grade I listed building was completed in 1729 and is widely regarded as a masterpiece of English Baroque architecture. The redevelopment of the crypt allowed the space to be opened to the public for the first time in the Church’s 300 year history.Read more
When moving their London headquarters to a new location, UBM were looking to build an efficient and flexible workspace that represented the creative ethos of the organisation and provided state of the art office management capabilities.
The building’s distinctive angular shape makes maximum use of natural light and provides a 360-degree panoramic view of London. The office has achieved a BREEAM excellent standard and in 2015 became the second highest LEED-CI project in the UK.
A stand-alone building containing a 350 seat auditorium, performance/dance studio, classrooms and cafe for the use of the college and the community.
The ten-storey international business school is an integrated, sustainable, vertical campus providing high quality living and learning spaces for approximately 2000 students and 200 staff. The various elements are interconnected clusters, grouped around communal courtyards. The building's first four storeys house the academic activities of the school while the upper five levels provide residential accommodation for faculty members and students. Facilities include lecture theatres, seminar rooms and other highly flexible space for a variety of lectures, cultural and leisure events.
This centre is designed to host national and international trade and consumer exhibitions, sporting events and occasional concerts. It includes an integrated 200 room hotel with a high performance acoustically rated facade. A covered bridge connects the centre to the Liverpool Arena and Convention Centre.Read more
The regeneration of the former Greenwich District Hospital site provides a mixed use development of 645 family homes. The Greenwich Centre also includes community facilities with a library, leisure centre, council service centre, and a health centre. A new public square and retail areas are also part of the design to create a landmark destination and vibrant community hub.
The Weston Library was formerly known as the New Bodleian Library. The original Grade II listed building, designed by Giles Gilbert Scott and completed in 1940, houses the library's extensive collection of books, manuscripts, papers and journals across 11 floors. The project includes a major reconstruction and upgrade to existing collections' storage and handling of books, opening up of the building to allow public access and engagement in activities within, a new conservation centre, a digital media study suite, new reading rooms, facilities for visiting fellows and spaces for social and intellectual interaction. In 2016 the library was shortlisted to receive the Stirling Prize.Read more
Greenwich Millennium Village is a large scale residential scheme that provides 2,800 homes and commercial space over five major phases on a 72 acre site at the southern end of the Greenwich Peninsula. Located on the banks of the Thames River, the community is built around a man-made lake, village green and an Ecology Park.
Greenwich Millennium Village received a CEEQUAL Whole Project Award in 2013 and, in the same year, was a finalist for the Housing Design Award.
The theatre's facilities doubled in size by developing the podium site adjacent to the existing building, to provide Britain's first teaching theatre for 14- to 19-year-olds. The new facilities include rehearsal studios for dance, film and theatre as well as a recording studio, practice rooms, and a 60-seat cinema.Read more
Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) is a specialist centre for creative and performing arts higher education. The institute was founded by Sir Paul McCartney – its lead patron – and Mark Featherstone Witty who also founded the BRIT school. Opened by Her Majesty the Queen in 1996, LIPA is based in what was once Sir Paul McCartney’s old school, the Liverpool Institute for Boys.
In 2014 a major development began to expand teaching accommodation and performing spaces by adding a second venue. Extensive refurbishment and restoration of the Grade II listed building at 68 Hope Street has added a 120-seat studio theatre, a 200-seat lecture theatre, four dance studios and spaces for workshops, seminars and classrooms. Once the art school of fellow Beatle John Lennon, the two buildings are now linked by a new annexe building and atrium.
Trafalgar Place is a flagship housing development which forms part of the regeneration of Elephant and Castle. Conceived to improve inner city-living and help address London’s chronic housing shortage, 25 per cent of the project provides affordable housing and a key aspect of the scheme was to improve public realm spaces.
On the site of the demolished Heygate Estate, Trafalgar Place has provided 235 new homes. The seven buildings that make up the scheme are a mixture of mini towers, apartment blocks and town houses that range between four and ten storeys and each home has been provided with a garden, roof terrace or balcony as external amenity space.
Described as ‘leading the way in innovative design’ by London’s former Mayor Boris Johnson*, the gardens are just one of the sustainability features that have been built into Trafalgar Place. For example, two of the buildings have a cross-laminated timber structure, which marked a new endeavour for the developer in the UK.
Among the accolades for the development are the Housing Design Award at the Bricks Awards and both Best New Place to Live and the Mayor’s Award for Planning Excellence at the London Planning Awards.
Now home to Manchester City Football Club, the stadium was originally built to host the 2002 Commonwealth Games.
The expansion of the Etihad created the third largest stadium in the English Premier League, increasing capacity from 48,000 to over 55,000 by expanding the South Stand with a third tier. The new stand also includes a corporate lounge area with a 450 seat restaurant and sports bars. Outside the football season the stadium is one of the UK’s largest music venues with a maximum capacity of 60,000 for performances.
The stadium has a bowl design and is totally enclosed. The virtually identical stands on either side of the pitch include a row of executive boxes that run across the stands between the second and third tiers and there are two large video screens in opposite corners of the ground.
Five Pancras Square is the headquarters of the London Borough of Camden. It is also a community building and alongside the office accommodation there are two public swimming pools, a fitness centre, a library and the council’s customer access centre.
The building is one of the greenest in the UK. A condition of the planning policy was that the project achieved a BREEAM Excellent rating, but with a score of 97.6 per cent the completed development exceeded this and was awarded the Outstanding accreditation instead.
In 2015 the building was named as the winner of the Prime Minister’s Better Building Award.
Bolton Town Hall is over 150 years old and is designated as a Grade II listed building by English Heritage.
The redevelopment and refurbishment of this imposing landmark included the creation of large open-plan office space, upgrades to the infrastructure to improve the working environment and improved facilities. By creating extra space the council was able to dispose of surplus properties yet accommodate double the number of staff.
Alongside the initial renovation project, Sandy Brown was also asked to provide acoustic advice on the One Stop Shop area, where self-service computer terminals allow council customers to complete their own transactions online or attend drop-in appointments.
Key acoustic design requirements included achieving suitable indoor ambient noise levels in the office space, an appropriate level of speech privacy / sound insulation between noise sensitive rooms such as PODs and meeting rooms and ensuring that the reverberation time in the various spaces was suitable for use.
Home of the Scottish Opera, the Theatre Royal is Glasgow’s oldest theatre. It was originally opened in 1867, which also makes it the longest-running theatre in Scotland.
This lottery funded project included remodelling and refurbishment of the original category A listed auditorium and construction of a new foyer to provide a more accessible and welcoming experience for the theatre’s visitors.
Within the striking new extension there is a new box office and cafe area, education space and heritage exhibition space. Complementing the foyer’s hospitality areas, there is also an external roof terrace that provides panoramic views across the city.
The project has been recognised with a number of honours including a Design Award from the Glasgow Institute of Architects and an RIAS Culture award.
A new £13m sports and social facility. The project involved the demolition of the existing GUU ‘Hive’ building, and formation of an extension of the existing Stevenson building and internal refurbishment of the existing GUU building.
Annan House, located in the centre of Aberdeen, provides 120,000 ft2 of offices for EnQuest, a leading North Sea Oil company.
Primal Gym is a ‘Leeds Dock success story’, proudly located in the heart of the city’s key destination
for enterprise, community and culture. The innovative gym houses
Olympic-level lifting activities, an indoor running and an array of alternative gym equipment.
The Royal College of Pathologists is a charity with a Royal Charter (received in 1970) and its patron is Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Occupying a 30,000 sq. ft site in the centre of London, the new headquarters contain an open plan office, meeting rooms, auditorium and deluxe seminar spaces designed to enhance the learning experience.
The Chiltern Firehouse is a conversion of a Grade II listed Fire Station along with a new build extension to create a unique 26 suite luxury hotel in Marylebone. The Manchester Square Fire Station was originally constructed in 1889.
For its transformation into a luxury five star hotel, the fire station was completely rebuilt whilst respecting the historic, listed elements of the building.
This landmark 13-storey building of glass and stainless-steel rises as a 'Castle of Light' along the Daugava River in Riga's city centre. It houses over six million titles and contains an auditorium, restoration laboratory and audio studios as well as exhibition, events and conference facilities, all arranged around a large central atrium.Read more
More commonly referred to as the Walkie-Talkie, this 38 storey Grade A office building in the heart of the City includes a spectacular Sky Garden offering views across the capital. A separate annex building provides retail space, a cafe and motorcycle/bicycle parking.
Located adjacent to the Churchill Place retail mall, this 23 storey office building is one of the most energy efficient on the Canary Wharf Estate, designed to achieve a BREEAM excellent rating. It includes a public lobby at ground level and 19 office floors with mid-rise and roof level plant. Loading/unloading areas, storage and plant generally make up the basement levels.
Due to its proximity to a conservation area, planning restrictions have influenced the design of this commercial office and retail scheme such that a series of stepped roof terraces are formed, providing spectacular views over the Tower of London, London Bridge and the River Thames. The development achieves high environmental standards and turns New London Street into a pedestrianised area as part of the sustainable development of the City.
The Medical Business Incubation Centre (MedBIC) is a mixed use building that comprises a suite of engineering research laboratories, office and meeting space, business support services and a student enterprise incubation space. The development is meant to serve as a hub to assist in the creation and growth of start-up and fledging medical technology businesses.
As part of the Nautilus regeneration scheme in Bournemouth, the nine-screen cinema is situated below ground with underground parking and shops and restaurants above ground.
The first phase of this major redevelopment includes a new ground-level entrance, landscaping at the front housing the iconic naval guns, twenty per cent more gallery space, upgraded visitor facilities and exhibition spaces.Read more
The Masdar Institute of Science and Technology (MIST), developed with the support and cooperation of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), is a research-oriented university that is focused on alternative energy, sustainability and the environment. Emphasis for the campus design is placed on flexibility, use of traditional architectural elements and modern materials to provide for an optimised combination of natural lighting and cooling that minimise energy needs both indoors and outdoors.
A phased expansion of Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club's Molineux Stadium to take the seated capacity of the stadium from 28,500 to 37,500. Phase 1 covered the demolition of Stan Cullins (North) stand and construction of a new two tier stand. Phase 2 consists of demolition of Steve Bull (East) stand to make way for a new two tier stand. Phases 3 and 4 include redevelopment of the Jack Harris and Billy Wright stands.
A 44-storey iconic tower on the site of the former London Park Hotel providing 470 residential flats with a new public square, cafes and a new community theatre that is home to the Southwark Playhouse. Facilities include a 200-seat auditorium, dedicated education studio foyers and ancillary offices.
The project redevelops the existing Abercrombie building and adds a major new building, the Student Services Centre, housing a large library, 1200 seat event space, lecture theatre, pooled teaching areas, food hall, cafe, galleries, retail, office and administrative areas, all surrounding an atrium forum. Key acoustic issues were the control of break-out of plant and activity noise to neighbours, providing the library's numerous study/resource areas with varying acoustic characters, and controlling noise between the many varied building uses. Where feasible, spaces were allowed to remain open to each other to better provide a sense of hub community in the building tempered with sound absorbing finishes to reduce excess noise.Read more
A landmark international headquarters in the centre of Geneva, for Japan Tobacco International. The geometric shaped building with its quilted skin glazed curtain wall facade encloses a central courtyard and includes an auditorium, conference facilities and restaurant and a day-care centre.
This three storey laboratory and business outreach building located in the Birmingham Research Park (a joint venture between the University of Birmingham and Birmingham City Council), is a serviced biomedical laboratory providing entrepreneurs, innovative start-ups and microbusinesses with access to affordable laboratory facilities and equipment.
The Stockwell Street campus for the University of Greenwich houses the School of Architecture, Design, and Construction along with library facilities, lecture theatres, TV studios, and a sound recording studio and editing suite. The School of Architecture, Design and Construction centres around a large open plan studio space, allowing students from many disciplines to develop their creative and professional skills. The library is a focus for everyone on campus, supporting flexible teaching, creative learning, research and enterprise. It offers staff and students an attractive, modern and flexible environment in which to study.Read more
Mass spectrometry is used to identify and quantify chemical components in complex mixtures. It is a very sensitive analytical technique, enabling scientists to confidently measure components or contaminants present at levels well below a millionth of a gram. This development unites Waters' existing mass spectrometry operations located on four separate sites in south Manchester. The facilities include state-of-the-art customer demonstration laboratories, research and development laboratories and manufacturing areas.Read more
The new music school at Stowe won a regional RIBA award and featured a 250 seat auditorium for unamplified music recitals, a recording studio with live and dead recording rooms, music practice rooms as well as music classrooms. Stowe required that the acoustic standards surpassed the requirements of Building Bulletin 93: Acoustic Design of Schools.
Harvard Art Museums is a leading centre for research and teaching in visual arts, dedicated to furthering education at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It is comprised of three separate museums – the Fogg Museum, Busch-Reisinger Museum and the Arthur M. Sackler Museum – which, as part of this project, united their collections under one roof for the first time in their more than 100 year history.
During the renovation the design of the historically registered original building was carefully preserved, while a newer extension was replaced to add considerable extra exhibition space and art restoration laboratories. Building services were completely modernised, incorporating a range of sustainable design solutions, which helped the building gain the LEED Gold Certification.
This project created one of the largest courtroom spaces in Europe to house inquests into the Hillsborough disaster.
By converting the ground floor of an open plan office shell at Birchwood Business Park, a high specification court was developed that has seating for 286 members of the public and 92 advocates. Totalling close to 5,000 sq. metres, the entire court facility incorporates a 1,300 sq. metre courtroom, 14 confidential consultation rooms, a public waiting area with a seating capacity of 72 and a 304 sq. metre court annex that provides an additional 99 seats.
The facility, which was designed to meet with HMCTS acoustic requirements, was named as the winner of the award for Innovation in Partnering from the PPC / TPC Annual Awards 2014. It was also shortlisted for the North West Regional Construction Awards in 2015.
The Contact and Education Centre is located in South Queensferry overlooking the Firth of Forth. It is used to provide a variety of events for the public, such as exhibitions and educational information about the new Queensferry Crossing. The building also contains a new traffic control room which is separated from the main exhibition space by a large high performance glazed screen. This provides a visual connection between the spaces but is designed to ensure that the sensitive nature of the control room’s activities are entirely inaudible in the exhibition space.
The design of a new health centre.
The design of a new health centre.
The design of a new health centre.
The new GDF Suez office in Aberdeen provides 40,000ft2 of office space. On this project our Edinburgh team provided a full acoustic consultancy service for the base-build and Cat A fit-out, which included undertaking environmental noise and vibration surveys at the site, support through the planning process and specification of the facade sound insulation performance. Our London team provided detailed design advice on the fit-out, advising on inter-area sound insulation inside and on the acoustic quality in meeting rooms and office areas. Our understanding and considerable experience of working for both developers and end clients (and their respective design teams) meant that we were able to help to deliver an office building which high acoustic standards throughout.
Springfield Primary School is a local authority school in Sale, Trafford. Located close to the town centre, the original building was constructed in 1905, but had become unfit for purpose and was unable to accommodate the number of students wishing to attend.
The new build extension included the addition of junior classrooms, group rooms, staff rooms and offices, a plant room and a learning resource centre.
As a non-designated heritage asset, the original period features of the traditional school were maintained, including octagonal chimneys and terracotta entrance portals
Stowe School in Buckinghamshire is a co-educational boarding and day school for pupils aged 13-18.
The development of new music facilities saw a purpose-built two storey building added to the school’s estate opposite the Roxburgh Theatre. The brief was to create a building entirely in keeping with the grandeur and beauty of the historic school, but which would house state-of-the-art music performance, rehearsal and recording space.
The Flower Cellars in Covent Garden transformed vacant basement and ground floor accommodation into a contemporary cultural centre that is home to the London Film Museum and Balthazar restaurant. With the eatery at ground level, the kitchens and back of house areas are located in the basement adjacent to the museum. Residential premises are located above and around the site, which also accommodate the London Transport Museum.
The original building on the site dates back to 1871 and was part of Covent Garden Flower Market, London’s oldest public square, until the 1970s. Maintaining the historical context of the space was an important design consideration, while the key acoustic challenge was protecting the amenity of the residential premises located above the restaurant. Standards much higher than those typically required for planning were adopted.
The redevelopment of Blacon Crematorium in Cheshire began in April 2012. The project was to build a new crematorium on the site of the older, existing building. The new building with its distinctive design incorporated a number of innovative environmental benefits along with creating a more uplifting and comforting environment.Read more
Tate Britain is the UK’s most renowned art gallery. Known as the National Gallery of British Art until 1932, it later became known as the Tate Gallery and in 2000 changed its name to Tate Britain. The original building in Millbank, London dates back to 1897.
The Millbank project was a multi-stage transformation that embodied the Tate’s commitment to providing a cultural experience appropriate to its stature as a world-class museum.
Maintaining the original façade of the Grade II listed building, the development aimed to improve gallery conditions, opening up circulation to the ground and upper levels. Visitor services were also being upgraded, with improvement works to the café and creation of new facilities for members.
An Cridhe on the Isle of Coll won top prize at the Scottish Civic Trust My Place Awards. The Main Hall provides a venue for music concerts, travelling theatre performances, sports activities for local clubs and school, social events, ceilidhs, private functions such as weddings, community cinema, and the annual Coll Gala and half marathon.
The development brings together six unique shopping experiences, each with its own character (The Mall, Grand Avenue, SoKu, The Souk, Luxury Mall and Bazaar). It houses 545 retail units in total, including 52 food and beverage outlets. The acoustic design included acoustic modelling and simulations of different acoustic conditions in the various different areas.Read more
This project sees the redevelopment of a large swath of Bicester's high street with a new Cinema and Sainsbury's as the anchors for a large retail centre. The primary acoustic challenge was detailing the isolation of the cinema from the car park located overhead as well as providing adequate sound separation and noise levels within the cinemas. The scale of the project in relation to Bicester's high street also warranted careful assessment and attenuation of the environmental noise impacts from plant, goods movements, and traffic.
The refurbishment and remodeling of the 17th Century Old High School together with new build accommodation, including an innovation suite, lecture theatres, seminar rooms, and a large atrium space for exhibitions events and social space.The building is designed to bring together experts from business, government and academia to collaborate on problems such as climate change and low carbon technologies. It has become the first refurbished listed building in the UK to earn a 'BREEAM Outstanding Design Stage' accreditation.
A cascading office building in the Kurla area under the flight path for Mumbai's international airport nearby. The design includes an acoustic louvred canopy to reduce noise levels in external areas.
The new 60 seat Cinema 3 at Glasgow Film Theatre is located in the area once used as a cafe, and its introduction involved a complete reconfiguration of surrounding ancillary spaces. Despite being located in an extremely constrained space in a historic building, the sound proofing between Cinema 3 and the other two cinemas meets modern-day standards for new build cinemas, using a box in box construction. We advised on all acoustic requirements for the cinema shell, and also on the bespoke fit out and finishes.
The arena has a capacity of 12,500 when fully seated which can be increased to 13,500 with partial standing or reduced to 1,500 for smaller shows. It is used mainly for amplified concerts, family shows and sports events. One of the key acoustic issues was the provision of a high sound insulating building envelope to control noise egress to neighbouring residential buildings. Sandy Brown acted as Technical advisers on behalf of Leeds City Council in the review of contractors submissions, site monitoring and commissioning.Read more
The SSE Hydro Arena is located at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in Glasgow. It provides an arena venue for major music, entertainment and sporting events, seating up to 12,000 people plus 1000 standing. The 125m wide roof was designed to minimise noise breakout. The foyers have an ETFE facade.
This prominent office development for British Land at Regents Place in central London comprises a 16-storey landmark development. It occupies a key site facing on to Euston Road and includes approximately 505,000 sq. ft of high quality office accommodation with retail and cultural space at ground floor level. The building is planned around three articulated blocks and linked by bridges across two dramatic full-height atrium spaces.
The first phase of this major project to transform the visitor experience and improve gallery conditions at the Grade II* listed Tate Britain involves refurbishment of the South East Quadrant Galleries, opening up circulation to the ground and upper levels, a new caf? and schools reception, new improved Members' area and learning spaces.
Watershed comprises three cinemas, a cafe/bar and a suite of flexible conference and events spaces, which are housed on the first floor of a Grade II listed building. The building is complemented by the Pervasive Media Studio, a separate research and development space.
Urbanest King’s Cross is student accommodation that raises the bar. In a sector not previously renowned for offering quality housing, the 669 student bedrooms in the scheme offer a unique blend of design and functionality.
The 27-storey tower covers nearly 20,000 sq. meters and includes communal areas, roof terraces and a café as well as the student dwellings.
In 2014 the development was named as the winner of a Value Excellence Award at the AJ100 Awards.
The new facilities for music students at Napier University offer spaces for teaching, rehearsal, practice and recital. The facility includes three recording studios.
The project involved the refurbishment and modernisation of the 250 seat lecture theatre. The volume of the space was increased by removing the existing ceiling and installing a new acoustically absorbent pitched soffit, comprising a timber slatted finish.
The design of a new fit out to provide SEPA with new laboratories, offices and meeting rooms at the Maxim Office Park at Eurocentral.
The design brief for the Athlete's Village was to provide thousands of beds for athletes and officials during the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, as well as affordable housing as part of the Stratford City regeneration after the Games. Along with this accommodation, it comprises shops, restaurants, medical, media and leisure facilities, large areas of open space and a water feature. The acoustic design was essentially a two stage process, with the lasting legacy accommodation being the primary design consideration. The Games accommodation was then designed with temporary partitions used to provide increased capacity and additional bedrooms, with consideration given to a number of factors including providing appropriate acoustic separation.Read more
Adjacent to Regent's Canal is a residential development combining private and affordable housing with retail units and parking on the lower ground levels. The private accommodation is located in a 28 storey tower with a triangular form, whereas the affordable housing is located across a landscaped courtyard in two lower buildings of 12 and 15 storeys.
Andrew Marvell Business and Enterprise College (AMBEC) and Kingswood College of Arts are amomg the first to follow the sample schools in the Building Schools for the Future scheme. Both schools replace the existing schools on the same site, with increased capacity. AMBEC offers additional community facilities, with drama and dance studios a music area and sports hall, while Kingswood has updated, open-plan teaching spaces and a central atrium.Read more
Refurbishment of the Grade A listed 18th century Assembly Rooms on George Street, Edinburgh, to return the building to its former glory and enhance the facility for modern day requirements as an events venue whilst retaining and conserving the historic fabric. One of the main acoustic considerations was the acoustic performance of the Music Hall. Major interventions were made to enhance the sound insulation of the separating floor between the Music Hall and the Supper Rooms below so that the two spaces could operate simultaneously. Secondary glazing was added to minimise external noise break in to the Music Hall and to minimise noise breakout from noisy events. Measures were taken to optimise the acoustic quality. The building services systems were renewed throughout the building. Sound insulation was also a factor in many other areas including the ballroom, new bar, dressing rooms, and foyers.Read more
Part of Phase 1 of the London Road/North Street regeneration project, the Skills Centre is a new type of educational facility for 14-19 year olds, providing vocational training. The hair and beauty salon and student bistro are open to the public and operate as businesses within the centre.
CCTV's headquarters in Beijing's Central Business District comprises an iconic looped skyscraper and contains TV studios, offices, broadcasting and production facilities in two towers that lean towards each other, merging in a perpendicular 75 m cantilever. Sandy Brown provided initial advice on the planning and design of the specialist broadcast areas.
The redevelopment and fit-out of two linked Grade II listed buildings, formerly used as a courthouse, to provide office and retail accommodation. The design included enhancements to existing structures, to provide greater flexibility in terms of possible uses, whilst still maintaining important interior features of the building.
The Crystal is a sustainable cities initiative by Siemens that explores how we can create a better future for our cities. Based in the Royal Victoria Docks, the centre of London's new Green Enterprise District, the Crystal is a natural home for thought leadership on urban sustainability. It provides a global knowledge hub that helps a diverse range of audiences learn and understand how we can all work to build better cities for ourselves and for future generations. It houses an exhibition space and a 270 seat auditorium, as well as office and meeting space, and restaurant and cafe facilities. As a world-class centre for dialogue, discovery and learning, it reveals the challenges that cities face, and the ways we can reduce their environmental impact using sustainable technologies, many available today.
The project comprises two distinct components: an expansion of the EICC conference facilities and a commercial office development. The EICC facilities consist of a new additional function space (2,000 m2 multi-purpose hall) below the existing street level together with a new extension comprising a new entrance and circulation space, cafe on the first floor and office space on the two upper floors. The multipurpose hall has a moving floor to form different seating configurations, and the space is sub-divisible using movable acoustic partitions. The 8 storey office development provides approximately 17,500 sq.m of Grade A office accommodation, with three retail units at ground floor level.
The parallelogram-shaped 138 metre tall main tower housing 369 flats forms the northern point of a triangle of tall buildings which is central to the regeneration scheme for Elephant & Castle. The development also includes a 7 storey commercial building, residential amenity space, commercial units, retail and cafe space.
This project renovates Harvard's historically registered Fogg and Busch-Reisinger Museums building at 32 Quincy Street (circa 1925), replacing a newer extension, adding considerable space, and modernising the building services in the process. Sandy Brown's full acoustics service has included an extensive survey and measurement of existing conditions, informal tutorials on noise and acoustics for the client, as well as assessment, advice, and specification for sound insulation, room acoustics, environmental noise, and building services noise. Computer models were utilised to determine the effects of proposed major changes to the building's internal enclosed courtyard, which is extensively used for events, with a number of options put forth for them to adapt the space depending on the type of event. The renovated museum will house galleries, lecture theatres and classrooms, study centre space, and a conservation lab in addition to offices, art storage and support space.
Situated on the ROQ campus, Oxford University, this three-storey health centre houses three GP surgeries and nursing services. The upper floors are occupied by the Department for Primary Health Care and Oxford University Publishers.
The building is designed to house 440 scientists and is located on the edge of the current hospital site, on the expanding Cambridge Biomedical Campus and adjacent to the London-Cambridge railway line. It consists of two kinked laboratory blocks joined by a central atrium in a shape reminiscent of a chromosome. There are several notable features of the design. All heavy plant servicing the building is housed either in a separate energy centre, or in the four stainless steel-clad towers linked to the building. This removes sources of noise and vibration from the laboratory itself, allowing a more lightweight construction.Read more
This 12,000 capacity basketball arena is one of the key temporary venues on the Olympic Park site. During the 2012 Olympic Games the arena will not only host the basketball preliminaries competition but will also host the wheelchair basketball and wheelchair rugby competitions during the Paralympics Games. Detailed sound insulation and reverberation assessments were required because of the lightweight nature of the building structure.
Acoustic performance was a priority in the this building containing two recording studios, TV and radio studios, music practice rooms and a dance studio.
The Memorial Hall is a Grade II building located in Albert Square, Manchester. It was built in 1866 in the Venetian-Gothic Style. After a long period of low usage, this project converts the interior into a lower floor restaurant, a ground floor pub, a first floor dedicated to function rooms and a boutique hotel on the upper levels.
A two-storey residence for the UK Ambassador to the Sudan. A modern, efficient building incorporating high security, it serves not only as the home for the British Ambassador but also for functions and meetings.
A complex of 45 residences constructed on the Thames Estuary seafront in a building that evokes the sails of ships.
The North Lanarkshire schools project includes St Ambrose and Drumpark ASN School, Calderhead High School, Caldervale High School, and Alexandra and Rochsolloch joint campus primary school. Three of the schools are new builds, while Caldervale High School is a complete refurbishment of an existing building. We provided a full acoustic design service.
Investigative works at a large recycling facility on Reliance Street, North Manchester. Sandy Brown carried out extensive survey works to identify noise sources and advise on mitigiation measures to control noise transfer to nearby residential premises.
Sandy Brown has provided advice for a number of Viridor Recycling Centres in the north west of England.
Regeneration of Europe's largest listed building to provide 874 distinctive homes. This inner city development originally opened in 1961 with its famous 'streets in the sky'. For the redevelopment, the building was stripped to its structure, its internal layouts were changed and its facade was replaced. The development also includes facilities such as shops, an art gallery, dance studios and a health centre.Read more
A mixed-use scheme comprising two residential towers of 33 and 25 storeys containing 294 apartments. The towers are located above a three storey podium housing a gym and 80,000 sq. ft. of net commercial space.
The Power House Jazz Club stands on a large waterfront site, part of an urban leisure area. The custom-built complex is in the form of two buildings linked by a stairway bridge to mirror the industrial appearance of the adjacent power plant building. The larger building is for live concert performances and events while the smaller contains Red Fire/Black Diamond, a club and restaurant venue featuring live jazz.
The design concept for the terminal building, which is to cater for the expected increase in passenger traffic over the next 30 years, articulates a sense of Arabic hospitality drawing on the vernacular tradition of outdoor areas and open-air gardens. Large covered interior spaces form a direct relationship to the external environment and accommodate generous greeting and hospitality areas that are central to the terminal's cultural programme.
A new building for the School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science. The facilities include pilot plant areas, which accommodate high noise level test equipment as well as research laboratories, classrooms and offices.
The training centre covers 67 acres comprising 11 outdoor pitches and a two storey training centre, which also has a basement, which has been designed to be an integral part of the landscape. The building has been designed around a 70m x 50m indoor artificial pitch which features a transparent ETFE roof. The building also incorporates a learning centre for the Academy and educational space, medical facilities, a hydrotherapy / swimming pool, fitness centre/gym, changing rooms, a canteen and media centre.Read more
With more lecture space required by the University, the Post Office building in the Priory Quarter was renovated and the original extension replaced, providing lecture and seminar rooms, offices and a cafe.
The 1930s building was extensively refurbished to provide new formal and informal learning and meeting areas. A cafe at the entrance, in what was formerly the hall, draws users into the main building and a double-height space contains a library, while a new seminar pod is suspended over the learning centre. The hall area can be converted to a multi-function performance space by using the studio as a stage.
Professional standard recording studio facilities constructed using floated box-in-box structures in an existing building. The facilities include a live room, voice booth and control room with 5.1 surround sound. High levels of sound insulation were achieved to control noise egress to neighbouring properties.
The yacht club, designed to be Monaco's sporting and social hub, is a symbolic centrepiece of the city's remodelled harbour front. The building creates a series of deck-like viewing terraces that step up along the harbour to offer unrivalled views out to yacht races at sea or inland over the course of the renowned Formula 1 Grand Prix circuit. Accommodation includes a sailing school, rowing club, event spaces, restaurants, bars, shops, cabins for visiting guests and a museum.
ZDF (Second German Television) is one of the largest television broadcasters in Europe. Their studio and offices near St James's Park in London are in an early 19th Century listed terraced townhouse. The seven-storey building required refurbishment prior to the 2012 Olympics to provide upgraded office and broadcasting space.
The Alan Gilbert Learning Commons at the University of Manchester is a state-of-the-art study and learning centre. With 400 fixed workstations and 30 group study rooms, the space provides a stimulating and comfortable environment for study.
The build was a redevelopment of a 1960s refectory building where the concrete frame structure was retained. The final design was 40 per cent refurbishment and 60 per cent new build.
Covering a total of 5,500 sq metres, the building is structured around a central atrium. As well as housing a café in the foyer, this central area provides students with a social meeting space and adds further flexible study zones.
The Emergency Care Centre offers 8 floors of clinical accommodation (10 storeys in total). It is designed to meet all of the acoustic requirements of HTM08-01, thereby gaining BREEAM credits in relation to acoustic conditions inside the building and in relation to noise pollution to the environment.
The new nuclear medicine unit houses three gamma cameras which are used to diagnose conditions such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease and also for cardiac scans for heart disease.
BSRC is an integrated research complex that includes the Centre for Biomolecular Sciences (BMS). The facility brings together scientists from Biology, Chemistry, Medicine and Physics engaged in research into infection and immunity. Over 160 staff, including over 60 PhD students, have access to state-of-the-art facilities.
A development in the heart of Edinburgh's city centre comprising 30,000 ft2 of retail accommodation and a 100 bedroom hotel above.
A new primary school at Milton of Leys, near Inverness.
The new build, world class research centre adjoining the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology provides state-of-the-art flexible laboratory spaces to facilitate around 200 scientists over four floors. The laboratory and research spaces surround an open-feature staircase and include offices, meeting rooms and computer services facilities.
The project was shortlisted for the RIBA Awards 2013- South and had a letter of commendation from the Oxford Preservation Trust Awards 2011 for New Building. The building also received a BREEAM rating of ‘Excellent’.
Located in Spinningfields in Manchester City Centre, The Alchemist is a bar-restaurant and Australasia is a gourmet restaurant serving Australian-Pacific fusion cuisine. Sandy Brown provided advice and specifications for sound insulation works to enable playback of loud amplified music without disturbance to other commercial tenants.Read more
A multi-purpose auditorium on the site of the old Baths Hall, which was demolished in 2008. The capacity is 1,200 seated or 2,000 with standing. The auditorium has variable acoustic finishes to provide flexibility for uses such as amplified music concerts, drama, comedy, classical music and sporting events.Read more
MediaCityUK is the UK's first purpose-built media city in Salford Quays, Manchester. This fit-out project provides accommodation for the BBC over three buildings. Facilities include 21 radio studios, 28 edit suites, 4 open-plan presentation studios and offices.Read more
The Library, in the form of an inverted pyramid on five levels, forms part of a larger development in the Canada Water area of London's Docklands and has a Tube entrance/exit within the building. The roof of the six-sided building protrudes 12m out from the base over the water. A 150-seat pentagonal auditorium forms part of the ground floor, while a sweeping staircase, lined with acoustic oak-veneered ribs ascends from the ground floor to the large open reading room. The lined, convex curve to the ceiling of the reading room reduces noise propagation within the spaces. Theh library was a regional winner of a 2012 RIBA Award.
The Clapham One regeneration project is intended to totally transform the community sevices in Clapham, consisting of three sites. The first is a mixed-use, state-of-the-art landmark scheme consisting of a new multi-storey block containing a library, GP surgery and apartments. The library is based around a spiral theme and includes a performance space, community rooms, a cafe and a customer centre. The second is a new leisure centre featuring a six lane, 25-metre swimming pool with movable floor, larger fitness suite, a four court sports hall, a climbing wall and community rooms. Finally, the old Clapham Library has been converted into a community art centre.
Re-development of the East Berkshire College Langley campus comprising state-of-the-art accommodation including sport, construction, motor vehicle maintenance, engineering, creative arts and hair & beauty facilities.
The new section of the stadium, which replaces the existing section of stadium, seats 8,250 spectators taking the ground's capacity to 25,000. The re-development includes additional conferencing, banqueting and exhibition spaces, improved player, spectator, media and visitor facilities, plus the erection of permanent floodlighting and provides world class player and media facilities.
Phased conversion of the Grade A listed former fort, monastery and school into 100 plus luxury flats with associated leisure facilities for the Raven Group. Design advice was given to control the transmission of noise via separating walls and floors, and sound insulation tests carried out at completion of each phase.
This luxury five star hotel, winner of a RIBA London Award in 2012, is situated in London's Mayfair and is set back from Park Lane overlooking Hyde Park. Its major refurbishment provides a domed rooftop extension housing grand spa facilities, expands the conference and event facilities, and completely updates the 146 guestrooms and 45 suites providing stylish and elegant design, improved sound insulation and noise control.Read more
A multi-functional building for organisations involved in sustainable design and construction. It has 55 business units and a 200 seat auditorium with variable acoustics for music performance and conferences, all organised around a central "street". The building is timber-framed with cross-laminated timber partitions. It is a recognised exemplar of energy efficiency, with an excellent rating from BREEAM, the assessment method for the environmental performance of buildings.
Henry VIII's flagship 'Mary Rose' was completed in the year 1511 and sank in 1545. This museum provides a permanent home for its hull which was raised from the seabed of The Solent at Portsmouth in 1982. The hull requires highly specialist environmental conditions and the design takes an 'inside-out' approach, cradling the hull at the centre of the museum. A virtual glass hull, created alongside the original hull to represent its missing section, provides an in-context display of the artifacts found with the ship. Deck galleries run the length of the ship corresponding with the original deck levels and lead to further gallery space at the end. The building, constructed around the Mary Rose whilst maintaining the conservation environment in its old enclosure, is roofed by a low shell prefabricated structure.
The conversion of a disused former supermarket building (originally built in the 1990s) to provide flexible office accommodation for Moray Council. The acommodation comprises large open plan areas, meeting rooms, breakout spaces and training rooms, which can also double as an emergency control centre. The building is naturally ventilated using wind chimneys. A BREEAM excellent rating has been achieved and the energy performance rating improved from G to B.
This prestigious development, in the historic city of Canterbury, includes a 1200 seat venue created using the existing fly-tower and 900 seat auditorium. The redevelopment also includes a new 200 seat second space, cafes, bars,rehearsal and backstage facilities. The theatre was a regional winner of a 2012 RIBA Award.Read more
Detailed design of one of two new terminals to increase airport capacity to 20 million passengers per year. Each terminal has a floor area of 175,000 square metres and incorporates full facilities including 160 check-in counters, 12 baggage handling carrousels, 32 fixed and 64 mobile passenger boarding bridges as well as retail and CIP/VIP areas.
North West Kent College has transformed its Dartford campus with a multi-million pound improvement scheme that provides state-of-the-art further and higher education amenities. New facilities include a multi-purpose teaching block, performing arts, dance and music studios, and a high quality sports facility with a double netball court sized sports hall and an indoor swimming pool.
Park City is a residential community in Moscow with self contained public infrastructure including a school, child activity centre, fitness facilities and other amenities. Located directly between the Moscow River and Kutuzovsky Prospect the development provides a three hectare park, two dominant green boulevards and private residential areas providing a mix of high rise waterfront luxury residential towers. Commercial areas include state of the art Class A office buildings varying in height from nine to 70 stories, hotels, restaurants, retail, leisure and entertainment areas.
Not far from the site of the original Playboy Club, this return venue features a restaurant, cocktail bars and casino over two levels as well as a specially designed acoustic canopy for the roof terrace.
Facilities include a 2,500 seat lyric theatre with variable acoustics; a 500 seat theatre with variable acoustics for chamber music and speech and a multi-purpose hall to accommodate 4,000 people for conferences or rock/pop concerts with a further exhibition space beneath. The building also houses six further conference spaces.Read more
This provides a focal point entrance for the Town Centre Campus and forms part of the College's long-term plan of development. It contains classrooms, offices and social areas.
Located at the heart of Media City in Salford Quays, Manchester, the studio block features a concert studio for the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra as well as technical facilities for the BBC children's and sports programming.
The facilities include 7 TV studios, ranging from 90 m2 to 1165 m2, along with a second major audio studio with variable acoustics for radio programming.
A new-build 137 bedroom luxury hotel set within the estate of the Duke of Northumberland at Syon Park in Brentford, next to the Thames. The site is Grade I listed parkland and the distinctive new hotel includes extensive conference and spa facilities.
The University of the Arts is Europe's largest university for art, design, fashion, communication and the performing arts. The new site for Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design will cater for 5,000 staff and students. The scheme includes dynamic new teaching spaces, studios and workshops, social spaces, lecture theatre and seminar facilities, flexible performance/rehearsal and exhibition spaces (including a 300 seat theatre), a museum and gallery, library, research and innovation centre. The project was one of the winners of a 2012 RIBA Award.
The London 2012 Olympics site for canoe slalom races, this venue has two separate white water courses for rafting, kayaking, or canoeing. The Centre was a regional winner of a 2012 RIBA award.
Angel Building is a refurbishment located where City Road and St John Street meet Pentonville Rd. The existing concrete frame is re-used and re-wrapped with a highly energy-efficient glazed skin which extends the building's envelope at selective points to create a better fit with the surrounding context. An existing open courtyard is enclosed to form an internal, top-lit public room entered off St John Street which acts as the heart of the building.
Located on levels 16 to 19 of the Broadgate Tower, the corporate headquarters includes open plan offices, private cellular offices, meeting rooms, quiet rooms, a conference suite with HALO video-conferencing room and restaurant facilities.
The Wood Street campus of Barnet College has been re-developed to provide a state-of-the-art learning centre incorporating highly sustainable technology. Teaching, specialist and social areas are provided within the four-storey development.
An academy expansion, sponsored by the children's charity Absolute Return for Kids that provides a new performing arts centre and classroom building as well as refurbishment of the existing 1936 art-deco Grade II listed main building. The Dennis Potter Performing Arts Building provides a 300-seat auditorium as well as music lab, classroom, recording, and practice space, while the Stanley Fink Building provides first class learning spaces for English, Maths and Science, as well as commons space. The acoustic challenges were to orientate the buildings to maximise natural ventilation in an urban setting, provide proper room acoustics in cylindrical glass commons areas, and to provide an adaptable auditorium to be used for dance, exams, and lectures as well as theatre and music performances.
An academy, sponsored by the children's charity Absolute Return for Kids, that is notable for its angled internal walls and offset vertical arrangement which were advantageous for acoustics. The banding on the curving facade delineates the location of the four smaller schools making up the academy's whole. The four schools share the central commons spaces and ground floor arts and sports facilities. Acoustic issues included sound insulation of the commons rooms with operable partitions, room acoustics for all spaces, and a ventilation strategy that maximised where natural ventilation was possible.Read more
The redevelopment of the Grade A listed former General Post Office building on George Square, Glasgow to provide a basement bar and restaurant area, underground parking and nine floors of high quality speculative office space. The original stone work facades are retained to contain the lower storeys while a three storey glass extension provides additional office space to the upper storeys.
Located in Woodway Park in the north east of Coventry, the new academy comprises a mixed school and sixth form for 1,350 pupils aged 11-18 and specialises in Business and Enterprise. The design comprises a main building with four wings, each being two storeys high with a central overarching three storey cantilevered structure.
Renovation and extension of an existing Portelet Hotel, St Brelade, Jersey, including alterations of existing buildings. The facilities include 78 guestrooms, dining and bar areas, health and beauty and conference facilities. Work included testing of existing structures to determine whether they provided modern standards of sound insulation.
The relocation of the International School of Aberdeen to Pitfodels as a consequence of the proposed Aberdeen By-Pass. The International School of Aberdeen was the first school in Scotland to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. There are approximately 490 students pre school-high school, with over 35 nationalities represented in the student population. The new school facilities provide classroom wings, sports centre, swimming pool, library, auditorium and music department and an internal street containing dining facilities.
This five star hotel provides 460 rooms and suites. A 1,000 m2 day spa is also included, which features a sauna and hamam, large outdoor pool and an extensive sundeck. The hotels have fully-equipped business centres with spacious interconnecting conference and banquet rooms as well as private meeting rooms and boardrooms.
This development includes 19 spacious villas and 61 luxury residential apartments. Within the grounds are a number of villas and duplex villa suites, all with private gardens, terraces and plunge pools. A self contained and state-of-the-art meeting complex includes a grand ballroom that can accommodate 250 people and a selection of smaller function rooms ideally designed for meetings, incentives, executive retreats and private dining.
This prestigious development replaces the existing buildings on the college campus. The design of the building provides for up to 2,300 students a year and reflects the College's strength in performing arts, with a multi-function theatre space, purpose built drama, dance and music studios, and a top quality TV studio with edit suites.
A luxury ski village in the Kazakhstan mountains for developer, Capital Partners. Constructed for the 2011 Asian games in Almaty, this development stands at an altitude of 1600m and comprises residences, retail and restaurants with a gondola providing access to the Chimbulak ski area.
Design of a 2,000-seat auditorium with full fly tower and orchestra pit complemented by a 5,500 m2 exhibition and banqueting suite, a range of flexible meeting rooms and corporate hospitality suites.
Design and testing of six bespoke outside broadcasting vehicles. The units had to meet BBC standards of sound insulation while remaining as lightweight as possible.
A new world class research centre adjoining the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology that provides state-of-the-art flexible laboratory spaces, offices, meeting rooms and new computer services facilities.
The renovation of the existing listed Pavilion Theatre provides a regional centre of excellence for dance with two studios and a 200-seat auditorium, as well as rehearsal and performance spaces. The refurbished ballroom floor improves the sound insulation to the auditorium below.
The acute hospital, built on the Edith Cavell Hospital site, includes 612 inpatient beds, an emergency care centre, a high-tech diagnostics unit, women and children's unit, cancer unit, specialist rehabilitation unit, renal dialysis and a multi-disciplinary training centre. The 102-bed mental health unit includes adult acute, psychiatric intensive care and older peoples units and services for people with learning disabilities unit, centralised dining, fitness, recreational and staff facilities and garden areas. The integrated care centre, built on the site of the Fenland Wing at Peterborough District Hospital, includes 40 specialist rehabilitation beds, a pharmacy, outpatient diagnostic and treatment centre, general rehabilitation services and children's care centre.Read more
An extension to the Royal Academy of Music's Marylebone premises to provide music practice rooms and an opera studio within a former light-well which is surrounded by listed buildings including the grade II listed academy and terraces designed by John Nash.
In 2010 The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland opened Wallace Studios at Speirs Lock. The state of the art creative centre provides rehearsal and production facilities for students of modern ballet, musical theatre and technical production arts.
Designed by Malcolm Fraser, the Wallace Studios provide four large, high specification dance studios, wardrobe design studio and set design and construction space that features an industrial size paint frame.
Formed out of derelict steel framed storage sheds, the studios are naturally ventilated and lit by natural daylight from rooflights. Changing rooms, a fitness suite and other staff and student facilities sit around a central court that forms a social space for users of the building.
The new building won a RIBA award in 2011.
A landmark building, located in the prestigious EC3 insurance district of London, which forms a key gateway to the City of London. The upper eleven floors house high specification offices, while the first and second levels provide more flexible office space. The lower ground floors accommodate a multifunctional space and retail outlets. The main elevations are double glazed curtain walling with a visor element in front of the vision glazing, with louvre panels between the main cladding system and the core glazing. The roof plant is hidden from view by a raked blade type array which runs around the perimeter of the building.
The new fourth terminal building at Madrid's Barajas airport - together with the associated satellite, rail and road connections - is designed to handle 35 million extra passengers annually. It is the first major new airport development of the 21st Century and builds on many of the concepts developed for the new Terminal five at London's Heathrow Airport.Read more
The Centre for Energy and the Environment Thurso is a new campus building attached to North Highland College, used for teaching and research in renewable energy technology. The building is almost exclusively built from timber including Glulam and Cross Laminated Timber. It contains laboratories, meeting rooms, seminar rooms, and open plan office space. The acoustic quality in the spaces is controlled by use of acoustically absorbent wall and ceiling treatments, while allowing timber soffits to remain exposed. It is rated BREEAM excellent and achieved the highest BREEAM score for an educational facility in the UK, under BREEAM Higher Education 2008. All BREEAM credits in relation to acoustics were achieved.
A distinctive office and retail development on a city centre site close to Piccadilly Gardens and Manchester's metrolink. It provides 100,000 ft2 of high quality office space over 12 floors.
This cinema complex provides 20 screens with an overall seating capacity of 4,200, making it the largest in the Middle East. The screens have the latest in technology, and the complex is the only one in the region to include a special cinema screen for VIP cinema goers.
Following on from the success of Stringfellow Hall, which was completed in early 2008, the same team was commissioned to design further student accommodation at the West Road site at Cranfield University. The two new buildings are clad in cedar which will turn silver over time, blending in with the landscape. They provide high quality accommodation for 106 students, and were completed in 2009.
The College of Law is the UK's leading provider of legal education and training. This Manchester Centre provides a law school in the heart of the city overlooking Piccadilly Gardens. Facilities include seminar rooms, meeting rooms, office accommodation and a library.
Cranfield Mill comprises a site of around 1.5 acres on St Peter's Wharf in Ipswich. It is a large and prestigious residential development, consisting of 196 apartments in 5 different blocks. It also contains retail space, restaurants, bars, and new premises for the Ipswich based national dance company, DanceEast.
Conversion of a Grade II listed Victorian Church to provide studio space, theatre and back of house facilities for the University of Essex E15 Acting School for physical theatre and stage combat. There are a total of five varied and versatile studios. The theatre space has a capacity of 200 people and can expand into additional space via a full-height moveable acoustic wall. Back of house facilities include an armoury, technical suite, and workshops and stores for costumes and props. The acoustic challenges were to provide excellent room acoustics, appropriate internal background noise levels, and sufficient sound insulation between the diverse spaces.
The Nuclear Academy is designed to be a world class centre of excellence for nuclear skills development to address the challenges facing employers in terms of nuclear decommissioning, energy production, potential new build and defence. The two storey building includes engineering workshops, training and meeting rooms, a circular lecture theatre and a comprehensive business support facility. One of the key acoustic challenges was the control of noise transfer from the workshops to the training and meeting areas.
Built on the medieval foundations of an original hostry area used to welcome pilgrims to the Cathedral. The new building blends the remains of the original building with modern stonework, oak columns and glazed walls. Facilities include a dedicated choir rehearsal room, a 150 seat conference room and education facilities for visiting school groups.Read more
The Jewel and Esk Valley College is one of the largest further education colleges in Scotland, operating over two campuses. The redevelopment of the college has provided much needed 21st century learning environments in landmark buildings which features a state-of-the-art health and fitness suite, hair and beauty school and a catering school. There is also a performance space providing an extensive suite of recording studios, live rooms, rehearsal spaces, editing rooms, TV studio and instrument rooms. The Midlothian campus includes new workshop environments for facilities including plumbing, mechanical and electrical, construction, joinery and automotive trades.
A special commission for Zaha Hadid Architects to create a temporary space specifically for the performance of solo J S Bach chamber music. The brief was to create an intimate space for small audiences - a modern take on the 18th century chambers where the music was originally played so that the intricacies of the music could be heard rather than being lost in large concert halls. The shape was formed using lightweight non-fibrous fabric stretched over a metal frame with hidden acrylic reflectors to help project sound from the stage to the audience. The space was commissioned for Manchester International Festival 2009. The programme included solo concerts by Piotr Anderszewski, Jean-Guihen Queyras and Alina Ibragimova. The Pavilion was subsequently installed as part of Holland Festival 2010, Amsterdam.
A conversion of a Grade II existing pavilion building to provide six music rooms and a multi purpose theatre. The music practice rooms have been fitted with a high standard of internal sound proofing to prevent noise egress from the building to dwellings in the vicinity.
The hotel complex, situated in the heart of the Dubai International Finance Centre, contains a deluxe 350 bedroom hotel with gymnasium and spa plus conference and meeting facilities, all equipped with the latest technology. 120 serviced apartments, 300 residential units plus retail units, and three levels of underground car parking complete the complex.Read more
A five-star, six block hotel at Heathrow comprising of 577 bedrooms with an external atrium referred to as the protective glazed envelope. This protective glazed envelope is designed to reduce noise to the areas directly around and between the hotel blocks as well as provide light to below ground levels. The basement areas contain restaurants, a conference facility with a ballroom, parking, spa, and a bowling centre which has its own entrance.
The Scottish Ballet – Scotland’s national dance company - is based in a purpose built home at the Tramway complex in Glasgow. The headquarters replaced a derelict section of the Tramway Arts Centre with a venue that has won the Grand Prix Award for Architecture and Best Public Building 2010 at the Scottish Design Awards.Read more
Design of new build student accommodation and listed building renovation at the Banbury Road site of St. Clare's College. The facilities include 49 study bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms and communal facilities. The design uses a cross-laminated timber structure for sustainability and speed of construction.
St Cecilia's Hall is the oldest purpose built concert hall in Scotland, dating from the 18th century. The building houses a large collection of early keyboard instruments, and is a special venue for recitals of early music. We carried out benchmarking acoustic tests and modelling, and provided input to the strategic appraisal / conservation plan study.
The Towner Building is a 21st Century addition to the Devonshire Park Cultural Centre and is adjacent to the Grade II listed Congress Theatre. The principal space is the gallery, which brings together the entire Towner Collection for the first time. In addition to the gallery, The Towner Building also includes conference exhibition space, community activity rooms and a cafe.
Renovation of the Grade II listed Middlesex Guildhall in Parliament Square, which is the UK's first Supreme Court. Work included remodelling of the existing courts, creation of a court in the south wing of the building, restoration of two original light wells, provision of a library, lift, public facilities and exhibition space.
Phase two of the refurbishment and improvement of front of house and performance facilities of this important concert venue, including a new extension with foyer and hospitality areas.Read more
A high-tech 50 metre long landmark building in the heart of the City of London, comprising high quality, air conditioned office and retail accommodation. Two trading floors are provided the largest being over 51,000 sq ft.
Landmark 12 and 15 storey offices and retail building and a key part of the the Spinningfields area in Manchester. This building provides 400,000 ft2 (37,000 m2) of office space with some of the largest floor plates in the City of Manchester, ranging up to 35,000 ft2.
To the east of the Guildhall Precinct, in the heart of the City of London, is the European/UK Headquarters for the Standard Chartered Bank. A simple seven-storey block with a two-storey pavilion set back at levels eight and nine meet the stringent height requirements set by St Paul's Cathedral.
Opened by HM the Queen in 2008 for Liverpool's year as European City of Culture, the Arena and Convention Centre Liverpool (ACC) provides a 10,000 seat multi-purpose arena, a conference centre with a 1,500 seat conference auditorium, and an 8,000 m2 exhibition facility, supported by a major public piazza. The conference auditorium includes two rotating drum sections which enable it to be transformed into 3 separate auditoriums at the touch of a button.Read more
The Ashmolean is the oldest museum in Britain, founded in 1683 as a beacon of learning for a new scientific age. It is the most important museum of art and archaeology outside London. The new building replaced all the display facilities apart from the original, Grade I listed 1845 building designed by Charles Cockerell and doubled the amount of display space - 39 new galleries, a new education centre, conservation studios, a walkthrough to the museum and the Casts Gallery.
Bahrain City Centre is a large scale retail and leisure complex located in Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain. The development contains 207 000 sq. metres of retail space, two luxury hotels with 460 rooms, a 20 screen multi-plex cinema and the largest indoor water park in the Middle East.
At a prominent city gateway location close to Liverpool Street station, the 35-storey tower and 13-storey office development is linked by two public spaces, the Piazza and Galleria. The scheme's design controls structure borne noise and vibration from railway lines which run directly beneath the complex.
An addition to the York St. John University campus at Clarence Street corner. The building includes a 140 seat lecture theatre, teaching rooms, meeting rooms and staff offices. One of the key acoustic issues was ensuring the facade design sufficiently reduced noise ingress from busy adjacent roads.
A new-build theatre to replace an existing theatre used for drama, musical theatre, opera and variety performances. The design incorporates an 850 seat auditorium with variable acoustic finishes and an audio booth for providing commentaries to the visually impaired. Four flexible function rooms along with a panoramic lounge overlooking Liverpool Bay are also included.
The design incorporates a full sized gym and sports hall along with eight modern science laboratories and preparation rooms.
The Jerwood Space provides rehearsal space for young dance and theatre companies to develop their work. The project provides a major additional rehearsal space on top of the converted Victorian building.
Scheme design of a mixed use development for the Karachi Port Trust overlooking the Indian Ocean. At the heart of this development is a major convention centre containing a 1500 seat auditorium and function rooms. A main 76 storey tower houses a luxury hotel and 175,000 m2 of office accommodation. Four residential towers ranging from 20 to 35 storeys high are also located on the site along with retail space.
A redevelopment of the former 1970s NatWest offices to form a mixed-use development with new student accommodation as well as other residential, retail and community uses. The cladding on the two towers was replaced with a unitised system, the towers extended and a new five-storey podium building added along the busy Pentonville Road.
Sponsored by the Arbib Foundation, this non-denominational academy accommodates approximately 1150 students, 900 aged 11-16 with the remaining 250 being post 16. The emphasis is on science where the building becomes a working educational museum with atrium exhibits from the Henley Rowing Museum, exposed services and natural ventilation, the latter complicated by significant airplane traffic from Heathrow.
Founded in 1825 as the Liverpool Mechanics School of Arts, Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) School of Art and Design is the oldest art school outside London. The Design Academy brings all of LJMU's art and design programmes together in a stimulating new space, enabling more creative forms of teaching and research and also offering new facilities and services to the region's creative industries business sector.
An extension adding six classrooms, break-out space, art and other function rooms for this existing special needs school for pupils with emotional or behavioural difficulties. The configuration of the extension takes advantage of the quiet residential site to allow natural ventilation, while its lightwells and shading maximise useful daylight.
The new college building includes facilities for applied arts (including art, jewellery, fashion, drama, TV, video, radio and music), gymnasium, workshops (for construction skills, automotive and mechanical engineering), lifelong learning, care and supported learning, business studies, with associated classroom, lecture theatre and administration and support facilities.Read more
The Quarterhouse is an accessible social hub for the local community. It comprises a 250 seat (500 standing) multi-purpose auditorium for music, dance, theatre and conferences; two levels of cafe/bar facilities and a business enterprise centre.
Fashion retailer Reiss relocated their offices to this central London location just off Oxford Street, constructing a new building to house their flagship store and headquarters along with residential units and an executive penthouse. The distinctive facade has double-glazing behind an acrylic rainscreen that plays with sunlight during the day and is illuminated at night. Challenges included sound insulation between the three major building uses as well as providing a suitable acoustic environment for their unique corporate office setting.
The Royal Albert Hall is a Grade I listed building of historical and cultural significance. The Royal Albert Hall also consists of 13 bars and three restaurants, including the Elgar. The refurbishment of this existing Elgar restaurant provides a new kitchen in the west porch, including new windows, air conditioning, air inlets/outlets to the porch roof and condensing units on the gallery roof.
This luxury hotel and apartment complex, situated on a prominent site where the Strand meets the Aldwych in central London, is integrated behind the grade II listed facade of Marconi House and features an 11-storey atrium, a rooftop breakfast bar, 270 bedrooms, 90 apartments, a restaurant and bars.
The scheme in East London involves the refurbishment of the Victorian marketplace to create a multi-functional space in which stalls will be stored at night to allow for uses such as exhibitions and talks. The existing pavilions are to house restaurants and shops.
The Subsea7 campus building was completed in September 2008, and is now occupied by almost 1200 staff. The new building consists of around 14,000 sq.m. of accommodation, spread over four storeys and split into wings which are arranged in a "pinwheel" plan. The heart of the building is its atrium, which acts as a circulation spine, linking the office wings together, creating an indoor street, and also giving onto the multi-purpose restaurant. This doubles as a "town hall" space where the staff gather for presentations and meetings, enabling several hundred people to come together. Acoustic treatment is strategically distributed within the atrium and restaurant areas to ensure that the acoustics of the spaces are appropriate for all intended uses.
Video and audio capture booths, control room and lab space for use in the university's Centre for Vision Speech and Signal Processing. Acoustics challenges included providing sufficiently low noise levels using the existing ventilation system, reducing external noise with secondary glazing, and achieving high sound insulation performance in limited space and with existing slabs.
Conversion of a Grade II listed mills into 190 apartments that comprises a two storey roof top extension inspired by plaited yarns of silk which were once produced by the mill. The core fabric of the building was retained, whilst restoring the original window design and using decorative elements of the building to introduce further natural light.
Residential buildings in the Victoria Park area of Manchester designed for student accomodation. The buildings contain one, two and three bedroom apartments.
51 Lime Street consists of two buildings; a 10 storey block facing Billiter Street and a 29 storey tower with roof terraces on floors 16 and 23 facing Lime Street. A new public plaza is created at ground level along with accommodation for retail, restaurants and wine bars. The fit-out includes a basement auditorium (400 seat) & gymnasium, restaurant, conference rooms, studio, boardroom and offices.
A luxury development of six apartments ranging in size from 440-777 sq m. each with their own terrace. The apartments are arranged laterally, each thereby taking up a whole floor of the building, two have private swimming pools and there is a duplex penthouse.
The six storey mixed-use development, approximately 50m to the east of Oxford Circus, comprises retail on the basement, ground and first floors, the second floor as office/retail and the remaining floors above as offices. The existing listed corner building is retained in its current form and a new building constructed on the remainder of the site.
3 Hardman Square is a prime eight storey office building located in the centre of Spinningfields, Manchester's business district. Mixed-use retail units are included at ground level.
4 Hardman Square, located in the centre of Spinningfields, is a prime five storey office building with accommodation at ground and mezzanine level for mixed retail use.
Located on the Regent's Park Canal and winner of numerous design awards, Adelaide Wharf contains 147 one, two, three and four bed mixed tenure apartments in a five-storey building which surrounds a central landscaped courtyard with a children's play space. The scheme provides 73 private flats, 33 for affordable rent and 41 key worker apartments.
A new music department for the Belhaven Hill School in Dunbar. The accommodation includes two class rooms, nine practice rooms, and ancillary accommodation in a two storey building.
The biomedical engineering building, a refurbishment of the 1960s Bessemer building, houses the nanotechnology centre and bio-incubator suite. The front elevation of the building has been replaced and open research spaces created inside together with a roof top cafe and new entrance.
Corby Academy specialises in Business and Enterprise and can accommodate 1,250 students. The academy has flexible classroom space and is designed to meet the BB93 standards. Facilities include music, drama, theatre and sports.
The four star Dakota Hotel at Ferrymuir, South Queensferry, close to the A90 Forth Bridge approach road, provides 132 contemporary bedrooms, five meeting rooms and an award winning bar and grill restaurant.
Major alterations to the assembly hall within the A-Listed Old College building to provide a multipurpose venue for school assemblies, drama productions, chamber concerts and other public events. As part of the alterations the floor of the hall was lowered by two metres to improve the proportions, sightlines and acoustics in what was previously a long, narrow and low space. The space can be configured in a number of ways using power-operated retractable seating, demountable staging and movable partitions to suit varying performance modes. Sound, lighting and ventilation systems were also installed.
Redevelopment of the existing theatre complex to provide new facilities, including the creation of a new 270 seat theatre with retractable seating and adjustable acoustics, two new cinemas (138 and 86 seats) to screen blockbuster movies and independent cinema from the UK and around the world, and two new dance and drama studios. The new theatre and cinemas are naturally ventilated. The capacity of the original 830 seat theatre was increased slightly to 847. The project also involved the redevelopment of the front and back of house areas, and replacement of all M&E systems plus extensive structural and fabric repairs.
The Academy is for 11 to 19 year olds divided into eight houses specialising in creative arts and language. The building is a three storey development in a largely residential area and contains a performance space and film, video and sound recording and editing facilites.
This Academy accommodates 1360 pupils and consists of a 10,000 m2 three storey main building and a refurbished Victorian building containing performance arts accommodation, including a TV studio and music rooms. The location is particularly noisy, being close to busy roads and railways. One of the key elements in the project was the design of bespoke natural acoustic ventilators integrated within the cladding to allow fresh air to enter classrooms while controlling noise ingress. These are expressed in the facade of the main building which consists of projected concrete panels interspersed with louvred acoustic panels and glazing.
Haverstock School includes classrooms, music facilities, a performance hall, a sports hall and ancillary accommodation. The buildings are naturally ventilated requiring special measures to attenuate noise from the busy road adjacent to the site.
Kingshurst Primary School is designed to accommodate 420 infants and juniors plus 60 places for nursery children. The school is the first of 10 new schools to be developed as part of a £1.8bn project to regenerate schools in North Solihull.
A major refurbishment of London's Transport Museum Grade II listed Flower Market building in Covent Garden including a new mezzanine floor for additional display space, renewal of exhibits and improved educational facilities. The latter includes a new 120 seat lecture theatre and learning areas.
The addition of two pod classrooms to an existing building in the central courtyard of the campus of the Lycee Francais Charles de Gaulle junior school. The Lycee is considered to be one of the best private schools in London with one in eight students placed there coming from British families who want their children to benefit from a bilingual education.
The Manchester Civil Justice Centre is the largest project of its type since the Royal Courts of Justice were built in London in 1870. Located on Bridge Street, Spinningfields, in an established legal quarter of Manchester, it contains forty-seven law courts in an innovative 13-storey building with an 11-storey atrium. As part of a mixed-mode ventilation strategy, the design includes large ventilation ducts to supply fresh air throughout working areas of the building. One of the key design challenges was to ensure sound transmission through these ducts did not undermine acoustic integrity between rooms.Read more
The council offices are arranged around a double height public space with the meeting rooms providing a buffer between the public space and the three fingers of office space. The building also incorporates a council chamber with a curved glazed rear wall. The offices were designed to be naturally ventilated to ensure that the building will be be energy efficient and environmentally friendly.
Rye Hill House accommodates the central administration department and student services. The design incorporates the refurbishment of the B-listed historic Rye Hill House, with an adjacent major new build development to the side and rear.
The Public brings together arts and technology. It contains the Hothouse and Nerve Centre which house interactive and multi-media IT facilities, a multi-purpose performance space, office workspaces, video and sound studios, retail, cafe and restaurant, and exhibition areas. These areas are housed in a series of internal and external pods
Outline design for a purpose built public broadcasting building in a busy city centre site in Valletta. Facilities include 2 production TV studios, 4 radio studios, 6 edit suites, a newsroom and offices.
Founded in 1853, the Herbarium and Library form one of the largest collections in the world relating to botany with over 750,000 volumes and 7 million specimens which include the personal collections of some of Britain's most celebrated scientists and explorers of the past like Charles Darwin and David Livingstone. Accounting for over 98% of the world genera this project enables the current collections to grow by 30,000 specimens each year.
Close to Manchester's fashionable Northern Quarter, this development consists of tiered residential buildings providing 248 apartments. On the 18th floor of the highest building is a 20 m indoor swimming pool with fully glazed facades providing panoramic views of the City Centre.
A spectacular courtyard enclosure of the Patent Office Building in Washington, which was the third federal building erected in Washington DC after the Capitol and the White House. Today it houses both the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery. The glass enclosure over the landmark Greek Revival building's courtyard provides a central focus for the museums and a gathering point within one of the city's liveliest and fastest-growing neighbourhoods. It is one of the largest event spaces in Washington.
These 2.5 m diameter acoustic mirrors were were installed at Wat Tyler Country Park in Basildon in February 2007 as one of a series of sculptures commissioned for the park. The brief was to create something playful and educational for children. The reflectors focus sound to allow people standing in front to hear each other's whispers over a distance of 60 metres. The design was influenced by the acoustic mirrors built on the south and northeast coasts of England between 1916 and the 1930s to provide early warning of incoming enemy aircraft.
A three storey building containing a gymnasium, drama/dance studios, music practice rooms and art studios. The design incorporates an underground gymnasium with a large covered courtyard to bring light through a transparent facade. An external basketball court is located directly above the gymnasium.
The Music Box is part of the College's award winning faculty of creative arts. The facilities are intended for use not only by the college students but also the local community, as well as the professional arts community in Edinburgh and further afield. The building houses a recording studio and control room, a 120 seat flexible performance space, individual practice / rehearsal rooms, dance studio, digital audio suite, and classroom accommodation.
Accommodation for 250 mature post graduate students consisting of five near-identical blocks, each of five storeys. Rooms are grouped in sixes - five people plus a kitchen - with two groups per floor. Blocks are offset so that glazed corridor ends look out to greenery. The rooms are glazed floor to ceiling and have non-opening windows with louvered panels for ventilation. Winner of a Civic Trust Award 2009
Located on the Westbourne Green Triangle between the busy Harrow Road and the A40 in west London, Westminster Academy caters for 1,175 students between 11 and 18 years old. Facilities include dance and drama studios, a community learning centre, science laboratories and a new sports hall. The Academy has a curriculum specialism of International Business and Enterprise.
The £10m combined heat and power (CHP) plant at the University of Aberdeen provides both heating and electricity for the Old Aberdeen campus. The main CHP engine is fired on natural gas and is capable of producing 1,630 kW of electricity and 1,700 kW of heat and replaced the old central heating station at the site.
The facility is in close proximity to residential areas and it was important that noise from the facility was adequately controlled.
A purpose built arts centre designed for adult learning on the site of a former neurological hospital close to East Finchley Underground Station. The building includes music and performing arts areas, 15 classrooms and 7 arts and crafts rooms. High ceilings and windows which provide light and spacious internal areas.
The addition of four lightweight mezzanine floors to one of the College's buildings to allow the combined teaching of traditional noisy trades like construction and metal-working with academic and IT subjects in classrooms built above. The control of noise transmission was achieved by floating plywood deck and wooden cross beams on resilient pads so that the deck was isolated from from the structural frame.
A centre for artists, professional practice, discourse and presentation of time based art in its broadest meaning. The centre facilitates experimentation with the creation and presentation of these art forms and includes media production and post-production facilities together with projection and visual presentation spaces.
The three-storey high Campus Centre building includes a 300 seat auditorium and 80 seat studio for the performing arts, new dining centre, teaching facilities and academic offices.
This 250 key hotel is set within a 13-acre commercial development, More London, on the South Bank of the Thames between London Bridge and Tower Bridge. The hotel is conceived as three interlinked strips clad in variegated, copper panels and ribbed, honed terracotta and these mediate between the historic Tooley Street Conservation Area and More London's contemporary towers. A dramatic cantilevered frosted glass box, the banqueting suite is cantilevered over the main pedestrian axis. An executive sky lounge gives long distance views to the Thames.
A new audiology suite at the Courtland Road Police Training Centre in Hull. The facilities are used for monitoring the hearing of staff.
A specialist Sports Academy sponsored by John Madejski, Chairman of Reading Football Club, provides 1,100 places for 11 to 18 year olds. The design for the Academy buildings separates general teaching spaces from those with noisy areas. Elements of the landscape include a partially planted 'mound' around the south of the building which encloses social areas and spaces for outdoor teachings, as well as helping to mitigate the road noise. Although naturally ventilated, noise from the classrooms had to be addressed. Attenuated trickle vents are installed to the perimeter of the classrooms, set just above the radiators so that cold air coming into the classroom is heated. Around the perimeter of the site a 2m high acoustic fence has been installed to reduce traffic noise. This fence has been set behind the existing hedge to reduce visual impact.
This historic seaside hotel was converted to several private flats and completely refurbished with a new extension and conservatory to the west. New floor construction using the original timber posed challenges to the sound insulation of the units, as did areas where staircases from one unit crossed an adjacent unit. The finished building still met and exceeded the sound insulation requirements of Approved Document 'E'.
A major refurbishment and extension of a 300 room hotel in Stratton Street, London. The refurbishment part of the design included introduction of a new function room and complete reconfiguration of all floor layouts. The extension included new penthouse floors and a new six-floor wing with a fully glazed facade. The design incorporated additional guestrooms, meeting and function rooms, a restaurant, bar and health spa. An important part of the design was acoustic isolation of a new function room from guestrooms. To achieve this the new function room was designed to float on isolation mounts above the existing structure.
The SPACE higher education centre provides a social venue for the college's higher education students, including a large multi-use social area with raked seating, large screen TVs and a DJ gallery. The ground floor includes a drop in advice and interview area and spaces for student displays and informal meetings.
This 16 sq. metre development provides a new build facility for the college departments of Hair and Beauty, Sports and Fitness, Food and Hospitality, and Travel and Tourism. The facilities include classrooms, tutorial areas, IT suites, a student learning centre as well as lecture theatres. Additional facilities provided within these departments include a hair and beauty salon, wet treatment spa area, gym fitness studio, bar, restaurant and bistro area as well as staff rooms, administration facilities, stores, toilets and changing rooms.
This Grade II listed theatre, designed in 1913 by the leading theatre architect of the day Bertie Crewe, is a rare example of Edwardian theatre architecture. With a sympathetically designed foyer and modernised visitor facilities, all the 1970s additions to the building have been removed and many of the internal and external features of the theatre have been restored to their former glory.
We advised on Plot 2A, a residential apartment building, part of the large development overlooking the Firth of Forth at Western Harbour, Leith.
All Saints Church is a Grade I listed building designed by George Fellowes Prynne. It was completed in 1891 but totally gutted by a major fire in June 2000. The project includes the reconstruction of the roof, windows and complete interior, and the construction of a new west entrance linking to the crypt below which houses multi-purpose rooms and offices.
The Opus One project brings the Music Department onto the APUs central Cambridge campus providing music teaching and practice rooms, recording facilities and a performance space. The project also includes new Student Union facilities.
Phase A of the Rivermead campus development comprises two buildings: a Student Centre which includes Student support and Union facilities, bar and restaurant; and a Sports Centre.
This four star hotel features 130 bedrooms including a number of suites with private terraces, bar, restaurant, brasserie restaurant, five meeting rooms, gymnasium and spa facilities. The existing building was a 1950s office building. The conversion of the property involved creating a new glazed extension that over looks Seething Lane Gardens.
This cluster of orange bubbles, inspired by the nucleus of a cell, is at the heart of the advanced medical research centre at Queen Mary's Institute of Cell and Molecular Science. Housing a double-decker visitor centre for 30 people, the major challenge was the pod's sound insulation and control of reverberation and reflections within a complicated and confined space. This was achieved by acoustically modelling and producing auralisations of the acoustic quality inside the space.
The remodelling and extension of the former Royal Army Medical College Grade II listed buildings at Millbank to provide a new home for the Chelsea College of Art & Design. The college was previously housed in a variety of premises dispersed across four sites in two boroughs. The scheme now consolidates its activities on to this important site adjacent to Tate Britain. Facilities include a lecture theatre, gallery, refectory, seminar and function rooms, library (with interactive and quiet study areas) and workshops.
The City Lit is an independent adult education establishment which offers over 2000 courses. The design consolidated the institute's diverse facilities into a single seven storey building. These include areas for teaching the hearing impaired, music practice rooms, drama and dance rehearsal rooms, art workshops (including a room for traditional sculpture work), a TV/radio studio, a learning resource centre and a cafeteria. Acoustic separation of noise producing activities from noise-sensitive areas played an important part in determining the building layout and structure.
The Cut is located in a busy city location between Oswald Street and Robertson Street in Glasgow, and contains 200 apartments. Many of the properties face a new central public square, but some elevations overlook the surrounding streets, including one where the existing facade was retained. Sandy Brown provided advice on sound insulation of separating floors and internal walls, and facade construction to attenuate noise ingress.
A new three-storey arts and performance building on the Ardleigh Campus in Hornchurch, Essex. Accommodation includes dance, drama and TV studios, rehearsal and performance spaces, sound & video edit rooms and a radio station.
The project comprised alterations to the existing building and a major new extension on a site directly opposite Coventry Cathedral. The public spaces opposite the Cathedral and the University draw the public through a glazed arcade into the galleries within the building. The development houses the museum's collections and includes new galleries and a history centre, while providing a substantial environmentally controlled store to house the city's archives.
Replacement of an existing single-storey building fronting London Road with a new three-storey general teaching building containing classrooms, laboratories, interview rooms, staff and student facilities and administration offices. The remaining existing buildings on the campus are to be substantially refurbished.
130,000sq ft of three story office, technical and support accommodation arranged within a series of three interlinked buildings for around 1100 staff. The buildings are connected by triple height glazed links, with lightweight bridges connecting the adjoining floor plates.
This project completes the Darwin Centre, giving visitors physical and electronic access to almost 80 per cent of the Museum's Botany and Entomology collections. These collections include material collected by Sir Hans Sloane, an eminent London physician and collector, who bequeathed his natural history collections to the nation in 1753 - a move that helped bring the British Museum into being and subsequently led to the foundation of The Natural History Museum. The building is designed to protect these vast "dry collections" from their biggest threat - attack from pests.
Redevelopment/refurbishment of New Garden House, an office property at 78-83 Hatton Garden, London EC1, designed by leading architects AHMM which includes an additional 50,000 sq ft building within the courtyard of the existing development.
Smallest of the City churches (a mere 51 by 30 ft), the 700 year old St Ethelburga's Church survived the Great Fire of London (1666) and The Blitz (1941-43), but was destroyed by an IRA bomb in 1993. The church, finally restored and re-consecrated in 2002, became the Centre for Reconciliation and Peace. Noise through the front door from Bishopsgate was a consistent issue resulting in several design proposals for a glass entryway to allow both better sound control and more public visual access to the centre. SBA provided consultation on two of the designs.
A new student community facility for the Park Street campus, built around a four-storey atrium. The ground floor provides social space suitable for a variety of activities such as teaching, meetings, ceremonies, study and leisure. The three upper floor levels are designed for teaching and learning.
The Church of Our Lady and St Vincent de Paul is an award winning Catholic Church in Potters Bar.
It is the first new build antiphonal Roman Catholic Church in England. Mass is held using the length of the Church, with the congregation seated in pews either side.
This makes a large space feel surprisingly intimate as nobody is seated more than five rows from the Priest.
The elliptical building is made from brickwork with an inner lining of blockwork and is finished with timber decking inside.
This office building, for Standard Life Property Investment, shares an island site with Wax Chandlers' Hall. It has 10 levels and an atrium which expands as it rises to provide maximum daylight.
Construction of a three storey extension to provide additional facilities including a new school kitchen, a servery, teaching areas, a sixth form centre, a new sports facility housing a large multi-purpose hall, a modern fitness suite, changing rooms and offices. Natural ventilation to the classrooms is provided by cross ventilation through to a central lightwell with circulation and exhibition space.
A 32 storey building located in Phase II of the Canary Wharf Development with 28 office floors, a promenade and three basement levels, plus associated plant floors. Barclays Bank plc occupy almost two thirds of the building. Facilities include two training floors, staff and private dining rooms, a health club, meeting/training rooms, offices, auditorium, recording studio, chairman's flat and a helicopter landing pad.
A specialist arts building for a sixth form college. The building includes music practice rooms, drama and dance rehearsal rooms, recording studios, classrooms and workshop areas. Space constraints meant that high noise level areas were adjacent to noise sensitive areas so to account for this the building fabric was treated with high specification acoustic attenuation measures. This included the installation of secondary MF walling / glazing, specialist suspended ceiling systems (floating rooms) and specialist acoustic doors.
Phase II of the scheme for postgraduate studies including economics, criminology and politics. Facilities include a library, lecture theatres, seminar rooms, work spaces for graduate students and staff offices.
An extension to the specialist teaching centre in Euston for hearing-impaired children under the age of five. Facilities include one-to-one therapy booths, a sensory and creative room for group work, classrooms with play space, a staff room and a family room.
A new retail building enclosed by a semi-circular glazed roof and surrounded by planting and water features at street level. An internal balcony of retail space/restaurants overlooks the main retail area which incorporates a new library/ideas store for the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.
New build arts centre at Victoria Dock, Caernarfon. The project is a hybrid between theatre/rehearsal facilities, and small office spaces aimed at young creative companies. The venue includes a 395 seat multipurpose auditorium (for concert, cinema and theatre use), two 100m2 rehearsal spaces, music practice rooms, office spaces, together with associated foyer, bar, cafe, dressing rooms, workshop and backstage accommodation.
The Dalston Culture House, which is the focal point for Gillett Square, provides a unique community resource combining a conference centre for the existing shared workspace and a new venue for the renowned Vortex Jazz Club.
Linked to the main hotel by a glazed corridor, Braid House is a four storey building containing 59 luxury bedrooms with balconies, fireplaces, sitting and breakfast areas and state of the art entertainment facilities. The building also contains four syndicate rooms. In addition to the acoustic design of Braid House, we also advised on the conference and leisure facilities and have helped resolve a number of sound insulation and noise problems in the historic areas of the main hotel.
PA and acoustic design for a large Mosque complex in Abu Dhabi. Balancing the PA intelligibility with the architectural constraints was the major acoustic challenge.
Renovation of the Grade II listed east end of the Government Offices on Great George Street (GOGGS), north of Parliament Square, for use by 1350 staff from HM Customs & Excise and the Inland Revenue. Over 1,400 windows, 500 rooms and 2.1 miles of corridors were refurbished, and 8.5 miles of wall removed, all without access to three sides of the building and with 30 per cent of it underground. The scheme also features a refurbished circular court, restaurant and library.
The refurbished former St Paul's Hospital in London's Covent Garden is a state of the art media and arts complex with studios, gallery, private members club and an 80-seat fine dining restaurant complete with private dining room for 12. The complex includes a unique multipurpose suite that can be used as a recording studio, photographic studio, TV studio and presentation area. Sandy Brown designed both "live end, dead end" acoustics with a very high level of sound insulation in triple sliding doors between the spaces
The four storey headquarters building on Imperial College's South Kensington campus brings together key administrative staff for the first time under one roof. It houses a combination of open-plan spaces around the central core, perimeter cellular offices, meeting rooms, a boardroom and a Rector's suite.
Practice room and recording technology facilities for James Watt College, Greenock
Lehman Brothers' 32 storey European headquarters building provides for a range of banking facilities, mainly trading and investment banking, with support facilities, accommodating approximately 5,000. An auditorium, restaurant, executive dining and conference rooms are included.
New headquarter offices for the London Stock Exchange in the City of London's Paternoster Square. The building has 8 floors with two atria, an auditorium, studios and a visitor centre.
The project comprises the refurbishment of the existing facility at The Lowry to accommodate a 150 seat studio theatre, flexible dance/performance spaces, education rooms and corporate hospitality facilities.
A new digital television centre for Meridian Broadcasting Ltd within a landmark building at the entrance to the Forum, which forms part of the Solent Business Park. Technical areas include three new studios, three galleries, five edit suites and five voice over booths.
The National Museum of World Culture in Gothenberg is both museum and cultural centre, without precedent in Sweden. On six levels, it includes a 150-seat multipurpose auditorium, four meeting rooms providing conference facilities, an atrium which lends itself to a variety of events, offices, a restaurant and shop. Level 1 provides the exhibition space, with further galleries on levels 3 and 4.
An underground link between the Royal Scottish Academy and the National Gallery of Scotland, providing access from a concourse area overlooking Princes Street Gardens, with new educational and visitor facilities, including a 200-seat lecture theatre and seminar room, bookshop and restaurant/cafe. The theatre will be used for musical performances as well as for speech.
Wales's National Waterfront museum on Victoria Quay in Swansea explores the dramatic economic and social changes in Wales over the last 200 years. Collections from both the National Museum and Galleries of Wales, and the former Swansea Maritime and Industrial Museum are included in the displays.
The building provides accommodation for all Newcastle College's music, performing arts and mixed media courses. It contains a 250-seat flexible theatre, a music venue for an audience of 200, a 60-seat studio theatre, recording studios, rehearsal rooms, television studio, drama & dance studios and a radio station. The development is the first of its kind for mixed media studies in the UK.
A 33-storey building containing 158 high quality residential apartments, 96 serviced apartments and a 218 room Marriott hotel. The building is clad with high performance unitised curtain walling which was designed to reduce noise break-in from the nearby Docklands Light Rail system and control sound transfer between adjacent rooms. Bathroom pods were pre-fabricated off-site to achieve high levels of sound insulation between apartments and hotel guestrooms. The hotel contains a double-height restaurant and a ballroom which are separated from guestrooms by high performance sound insulating structures.Read more
Conversion of the former Blackwell Science Building on the Osney Mead Industrial Estate to provide new accommodation for 130 staff from three major departments of the Oxford University Library Service. Facilities include the acquisition and cataloguing of new books and periodicals, the conservation of vulnerable and damaged historic collections and the maintenance of electronic resources which incorporates sensitive digital imaging.
A unique and flexible space with 1000 seats on a flat floor, 1000 retractable seats and 100 seats on fixed tribunes used for examinations, Convocation, conferences and meetings. The platform stage can convert to proscenium format and a large glazed rear window can be blacked out for stage events.
Two new buildings dedicated to sports and technology, supplement refurbishment of an existing main building. Facilities include music practice rooms, a recording studio, drama studios and a library. The buildings were designed for passive ventilation generated from thermal stacking in a central atrium.
The architects for this major development were EMBT-RMJM; a new partnership formed for the project between Enric Mirales, Benedetta Tagliabue and RMJM. The development consisted of a number of new and redeveloped buildings, forming three main areas: The Assembly buildings, which includes a debating chamber with press facilities and public galleries, committee rooms, libraries, restaurant facilities and bars. The MSP building accommodates the 129 members and their staff. Queensberry House, an existing Grade A listed building, was converted to provide meeting rooms, administration areas and party leader's accommodation.Read more
Refurbishment and extension to the existing central mall of the Arndale Shopping Centre. The new build consists of the construction of a fourteen screen cinema with retail units below connecting to the existing shopping centre with a new concourse and entrance. It is one of the largest mixed new build and refurbishment projects in the UK.
St Martin-in-the-Fields is a 1726 Grade I listed building in Trafalgar Square designed by James Gibbs. The project improves the quality and quantity of space for its many activities - from church services and concerts, to provision for the homeless. This is achieved by the reconfiguration and integration of internal space in adjacent buildings and the addition of underground space adjacent to the church to provide a foyer, chapel and the Neville Marriner Rehearsal Room.
Often referred to as 'The Gherkin', this London landmark rises 180 sq. metres with 40 storeys, including two levels of retail within a spectacular double height arcade. Built on the site of the former Baltic Exchange, it is the second tallest building in the Square Mile after Tower 42 (formerly the Natwest Tower). It has a series of spiral atria typically closed every sixth floor and a restaurant at its peak. The building houses approximately 3000 people and saves energy by using no mechanical ventilation or heating for a large proportion of the year.
The Zetter is a conversion of a 19th century warehouse into a striking and stylish hotel in London's fashionable Clerkenwell area, combining visionary design with innovative environmentally-responsible principles. The Zetter won the Architecture and the Innovation Awards, and a highly commended for interior Design at the European Hotel Design Awards in 2004.
This 12 storey speculative office building includes a seven storey atrium, two levels of trading floors, nine floors of office space, two plant floors and four levels of parking.
A new 13 storey office building for Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, adjacent to the Heron Quays Docklands Light Railway (DLR) station, connecting directly to the Jubilee Park retail mall and Jubilee Line station. Unusually, the building core is on the east face and acts as a barrier to the DLR.
One of five Heron Quays office buildings located on the south side of Canary Wharf. This 32 storey building, which incorporates an intermediate plant floor, is a speculative development for multiple tenancy.
The project continues the planned development of the Rivermead Campus at Anglia Polytechnic University. The Michael A Ashcroft Centre for Business is a space designed to be flexible and adaptable, with facilities for learning, teaching and research, as well as for conferences and seminars. It includes an auditorium, offices and meeting rooms.
A three storey secondary school built on an existing school site in Southgate, Barnet. The building contains 61 classrooms, a gymnasium, a sports hall, a library and an assembly hall.
Refurbishment of the three-storey listed Adams Building, which houses the music department, to provide updated music and practice facilities on the North End Campus of Bancroft's School in Woodford, Essex.
As part of a commitment to improving staff facilities, The Bank of England wished to provide a modern occupational health facility incorporating a medical suite and fitness centre. Sensitive medical equipment was installed as part of the facilities for doctors and dentists. This meant high acoustic standards were required to isolate rooms from intrusive noise and vibration from underground trains. Aerobics and spinning studios were included in the fitness centre and sound insulating constructions were used to prevent disturbance from loud music transferring to sensitive working areas in the building.
The winning design for the new BBC's Music Centre was taken to detailed design stage. The building includes two major music recording studios and is to be home to the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Chorus, the BBC Concert Orchestra and the BBC Singers, bringing them together in one place for the first time. An important feature of the studios is a large glazed end wall designed to provide high levels of sound insulation and to diffuse sound within the studios.
The Bullring provides Britain with one of Europe's largest and most innovative shopping destinations. Bullring comprises traditional streets, squares and open spaces - and a glass ceiling 'Skyplane' over the public malls forms a horizontal weather screen.
The 14-storey City Inn Westminster is the largest new-build hotel in central London. It contains 460 bedrooms, a restaurant, an 'Art Street', coach and car parking. It is regarded as the company's flagship hotel.
On 33 levels, this corporate headquarters building for International law firm Clifford Chance provides offices, meeting rooms, partner dining rooms, 75 client conference/meeting rooms, a 250 seat auditorium and staff facilities including retail, a swimming pool, gymnasium, aerobics rooms, squash courts and a 500 seat restaurant.
The Dubai International Convention Centre facility is linked to the Dubai International Exhibition Centre by a covered concourse that offers a range of amenities including shops and restaurants and 18 syndicate rooms that accommodate from 40 to 220 (theatre style). The main auditorium, which can accommodate from 600 to 6000 individuals, is complemented by four large meeting rooms, housed in the same multi-purpose hall.
A spectacular barrel-vaulted glass atrium linking two new headquarters buildings at Heron Quays, Canary Wharf, for concerts, functions, entertainment, exhibitions and banquets accommodating up to 600 seated. A balcony overlooking the space provides a bar and cafe. A flexible arrangement of floor traps provides facilities for exhibition and displays. Special shaped sound loudspeakers are used to provide speech intelligibility in the highly reverberant space.
This nine storey office building occupies a prominent Thames riverside frontage site on the north-west boundary of the More London development. The main entrance is through a double storey height glazed screen into an atrium. Facilities for Ernst & Young's 3200 staff include an auditorium, conference suites, meeting/training rooms, open plan and cellular offices.
Fit-out of the upper floors of a new office development at 1 Colmore Square, Birmingham. Facilities include open-plan offices, break-out spaces, conference/training facilities and a boardroom.
Advised on the extension and refurbishment of the facilities at the Lyric Theatre in Hammersmith, West London, which included a rehearsal room, classroom and a cafe outdoors on a podium.
The four storey headquarters building on Imperial College's South Kensington campus brings together key administrative staff for the first time under one roof. It houses a combination of open-plan spaces around the central core, perimeter cellular offices, meeting rooms, a boardroom and a Rector's suite.
Refurbishment of the existing courtroom, design of a new courtroom, together with a new build extension containing Sheriff's chambers, witness rooms, library and cell accommodation.
Refurbishment of the 500-seat main auditorium plus new build three-storey extension to the 1960s buildings at the University of Stirling. The new extension contains a new 100-seat children's theatre, a 140-seat film theatre, foyer spaces, creche and cafe bar.
Conversion of a former church to an Arts Centre, comprising an auditorium and secondary performance/rehearsal space, foyer/gallery and ancillary accommodation.
Noise assessment for a proposed non food retail warehouse park at Elgin, Moray.
The four-storey corporate headquarters building for Scottish Gas, part of Centrica plc, is a functional high-density workplace and accommodates 1800 staff in two shifts. The ground floor provides meeting rooms, administration, IT, occupational health and a staff restaurant. The upper floors provide the customer contact centre comprising open plan workspaces arranged on both sides of the atrium.
Completely new building complex to house all TVB's existing facilities for production, post production and transmission. The complex contains a major production centre with two large variety studios, nine drama and live entertainment studios, eight dubbing studios, and 23 on & offline edit suites. It also has a Major News Production Centre with four news studios and satellite up-link and down-link facilities as well as terrestrial transmission facilities.
Located on the University of Surrey campus in Guildford this three storey triangular building contains a 400 seat auditorium as well as seminar rooms, offices and video conferencing facilities. A central atrium provides access to all floors and acoustic treatments were necessary to control the transfer of noise within the atrium to adjacent sensitive spaces.
Central London playout facility for Universal Studios consisting of editing and format facilities, tape storage, racks and multi-channel digital control suite.
A 12 storey office building on the south-east corner of Canada Square with two south facing atria. The building connects underground with the Canada Place retail mall and the Jubilee Line station. Tenants are the global publishing, financial, information and media services firm, The McGraw-Hill Companies.
Adjoining 33 Canada Square, Citigroup's existing building, this is a 42-storey office tower. The linked buildings are known as The Citigroup Centre. Office floors include perimeter cellular offices and internal meeting/conference rooms.
A 15 storey office building on the north side of Canada Square at Canary Wharf consisting of large U-shaped floor plates with two stacked atria that offer a view towards Canada Square. Tenants include Credit Suisse First Boston and Bank of America.
Environmental Noise Impact Assessment for a proposed development at the former Bellsdyke Hospital site and Hill of Kinnaird Farm, Larbert. The 88 hectare site will include a school, up to 1700 homes, 10,000 m2 business accommodation, a public park and nature reserve areas. The development will take place in phases, the last by 2019.
This six-storey retail and leisure building is located towards the eastern end of the Canary Wharf Estate. It has a large glass atrium at the entrance which is linked underground to the Canada Place retail mall. Tenants include the Reebok Sports Club, Waitrose and The Conran Group.
Fit-out of three floors in 40 Grosvenor Place. Cooling is provided by a chilled ceiling system which produces low background noise levels. One of the key issues was maintaining acoustic privacy, particularly with regard to use of speakerphones. High levels of privacy were achieved between cellular offices and meeting rooms by use of acoustically rated partitions; sliding glass doors and specification of a sound masking system.
The space, which houses the Scottish School of Contemporary Dance, includes a 200 seat auditorium with a flexible seating arrangement, 3 dance studios, conference rooms and associated facilities. It has received an award from the Civic Trust for an outstanding contribution to the quality and appearance of the environment.
Refurbishment of the University of Cambridge Faculty of Music Concert Hall in West Road. The project involved the redesign of the ventilation system to reduce noise within the hall and outside adjacent premises, reupholstering of the seating (including laboratory testing) and redecoration. As well as the concert hall, the building contains lecture rooms, a rehearsal room and offices.
Environmental Noise Impact Assessment for a proposed mixed development at Gilston Farm, Polmont. The development includes housing, retail, business units, and a distribution facility.
The first four buildings for the Institute of Technology, home to the School of Business & Humanities and the School of Informatics & Engineering, on a greenfield campus in Blanchardstown just outside Dublin. The buildings house lecture and seminar rooms, library, administration offices, restaurant, multipurpose hall and apprentice training spaces.
The scheme is on three levels, providing a single retail floor with two levels of car parking below. It includes a mixture of shops, restaurants and public circulation space linked to the Jubilee Line underground station.
The lower part of the building contains the 250 seat flexible multi-purpose O'Reilly Theatre with control room and ancillary accommodation. Above this, and supported on a resiliently floated sound insulating structure, are a music recital room and a dining/conference area. The top part of the building contains teaching spaces and student rooms.
The six storey CASS Business School in Islington forms part of the redevelopment of an entire urban block to the north of Chiswell Street, London. The school serves industry and commerce around the world in addition to the City of London and the business professions. Accommodation includes Harvard-style lecture theatres, conference/seminar facilities, a learning resource centre, break-out spaces and offices for academic staff.
Conversion of a 17th century A listed building (formerly a town hall, courthouse and jail) to form a flexible 200-seat auditorium (theatre and music performance), high performance recording studio and rehearsal room, dance studio, offices, bar and restaurant.
A 10 storey office building for Morgan Stanley Dean Witter occupying a prominent site at the western end of the estate.
A three-storey building constructed within Arundel Great Court, a courtyard off the Strand, forming part of Arthur Andersen's UK headquarters. The building provides a suite of conference spaces, two floors of offices and a multi-purpose atrium with variable acoustics for presentations.
As part of a phased refurbishment programme for the Barbican Concert Hall, an acoustic survey was carried out to assess detailed acoustic characteristics and deficiencies in the main hall. Advice was provided on the feasibility of undertaking technical improvement work.
The Birmingham Hippodrome was built in 1899 and has since been at the heart of Birmingham's cultural life. This project was part of its Centenary Development plan and included the refurbishment and improvement of the auditorium, public and backstage areas. It also included the construction of a second smaller theatre and new dance studios for the Birmingham Royal Ballet and DanceXchange.
The refurbishment of Bloomberg's City Gate House building and expansion into 50 Finsbury Square next door. The project includes five storeys of offices, 6 TV studios, an auditorium, training rooms and dining facilities.
Environmental Noise Impact Assessment for the proposed redevelopment of the former Continental Tyre Factory site, at Newbridge, Edinburgh. It is intended to develop the 24 hectare site to provide 90,000 m2 of office and other business accommodation.
Multi-disciplinary research facility located within Imperial College's South Kensington Campus housing research and support laboratories with adjacent open plan offices, a social area and seminar/meeting rooms. Includes highly sensitive electron microscope and NMR suites.
This church lies along the old Ty bourne, a stream that formerly ran from what is now Regent's park to the Thames. A church has stood on the present site since 1400 although the current building dates from 1817. In 1980 a Rieger pipe organ was installed in collaboration with the Royal Academy of Music. The organ is seated on a rear balcony which has meeting rooms and social facilities directly underneath. Sound from the organ was distracting for people using the rooms so constructions between the organ and the rooms were upgraded to improve the sound insulation provided.
The Centre, a landmark Millennium Project for the East Midlands, comprises a 41m high Rocket Tower clad in inflated ETFE containing a space vehicle, a 3,500m2 exhibition space with interactive exhibits, a Planetarium and a Challenger Learning Centre which houses 'mission control' rooms.
The Salford Business School's purpose-built building, situated in the centre of Oxford, combines state-of-the-art teaching facilities with classically modern architecture and landscaping. The building includes a 300 seat lecture theatre, four 80 seat Harvard style horseshoe-shaped lecture theatres (with dual screens to enable simultaneous use of a range of visual media), two 75 seat lecture theatres, seminar rooms, project rooms, meeting rooms, an audio-visual editing suite, library, offices, catering facilities and ancillary spaces.
A 10 screen cinema complex forming part of the 22,000 m2 Two Rivers retail and leisure development by MEPC
New office development incorporating measures to control structure-borne noise from the Thameslink railway beneath the building.
Office building by developers Standard Life Property Investments which set a record for London office rents when it was let to Bloomberg.
The complex includes a five-star hotel, a banqueting and conference centre, luxury apartments, a three-storey retail mall and a 267 sq. metre high office tower - Saudi Arabia's first skyscraper. The banqueting hall can accommodate activities ranging from wedding ceremonies for up to 2,000 people to conferences for up to 3,400 and has a column-free space 57 sq. metres wide and 81 sq. metres long, with a moveable partition system that can divide the hall into sixteen separate rooms.
A conversion of a mews house into a music composition/recording facility for the leading recording artist and film/classical composer Craig Armstrong. Mr Armstrong has worked with many artists such as Madonna, U2, Bjork, Massive Attack; and written the scores for box office hits such as Romeo & Juliet and Moulin Rouge (for which he won a Golden Globe and BAFTA award).
A 12 screen cinema complex in the south village of the Bluewater shopping centre in Kent. Cinemas are stacked on two levels and range in size from 90 to 440 seats.
Wildscreen, part of the inspirational Bristol Landmark Millennium project is a unique wildlife attraction combining live exhibits, such as small animals and plants, with state of the art multimedia techniques which includes the 200-seat IMAX cinema. Designed to comply fully with the stringent requirements of IMAX Corporation and the client's brief, sound insulation to contain the very high sound levels produced in such spaces has been provided.
The Great Court project gives public access the old Reading Room for the first time. The Great Court is glazed over to form a major new public space for the Museum, which includes restaurants and retail space. In addition, the project provides a new conference centre with two auditoria (350 and 150 seats) and five flexible seminar and meeting rooms. The old Reading Room has been re-arranged to house Compass computer terminals giving the public access to the Museum's interactive multi-media exhibits.
Fit-out of marketing suite resiliently supported to protect it against noise and vibration from the passage of trains immediately below.
Daewoo's new R&D Headquarters building includes a 600 seat auditorium to host conferences and presentations with a VIP gallery and lounge.
The Falkland Islands Memorial Chapel seats 580 within the ground floor area and gallery. Its design is reminiscent of the shape of a ship - almond or 'mandorla' shaped - denoting hands cupped in prayer.
Three five-storey wings of shallow, cross-ventilated offices are linked across one end by a stunning vertical main street; the outside entrance wall of which is a full height curved structural glass screen. A circular council chamber is open along one wall to the gaze of passers-by outside the main street. Great efforts have been made to achieve a sustainable low energy building. This is evident within the offices where a combination of curved precast concrete ceilings, integrated lighting and a curtain wall providing natural opening lights and solar shading, obviates any need for artificial cooling. The Council Chamber is the only truly air conditioned space in the building.
A Granada Travelodge hotel in Harrow Place E1 floated on elastomeric bearings, as it was built over the Metropolitan line between Liverpool Street and Aldgate Stations.
Elliptical glass boardroom and elliptical glass Network Operations Control Centre as part of the fit-out of 200 Grays Inn Road for IAXIS, the former fibre-optic network company. The concept of the "floating" glass boardroom table with integrated AV technology and fibre-optics was developed by sculptor Danny Lane. Computer acoustic modelling was used in the design, which won an award.
This is the UK's first purpose-built cultural centre combining the performing and visual arts. Situated on the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal, it comprises a gallery to display the world's largest collection of paintings and drawings by L.S Lowry, and incorporates the Lowry Study Centre - a 1650-seat theatre capable of staging opera, ballet and drama and a 400-seat flexible auditorium for community theatre.
Development of the ground floor of the Welcome Wing at the Science Museum in South Kensington SW1, to be used for regularly changing exhibitions and displays as well as catering and retail. The 1st floor encompasses a world-class biomedical exhibition.
A 6000 m2 technical complex to provide TV and radio coverage of the 2000 Olympics for the entire USA. The complex consisted of two large demountable studios (600m2 and 320 m2) control facilities, editing, formatting, graphics and transmission facilities. The demountable studios, and their integrated control galleries, were specifically designed to serve five Olympic venues, Sydney being the first.
Tattersall's Stand at Newbury Racecourse consists of a betting hall/exhibition space on the ground floor, bar on the 1st floor, and a 600 seat restaurant divisible into two for a range of functions including conferences.
This redevelopment of a 1960s centre creates a bold new vision for city centre development in the next millennium. Avoiding the usual introverted malls, a series of glass-sided walkways link the 35,000 m2 of shops and 1000 space car park, whilst giving views out onto the 17th Century church of St Mary.
The new 100-seat David Josefowitz Recital Hall is the centrepiece of the project, which also included the conversion of buildings in York Gate to provide music instrument workshops, library and special music collection, a public exhibition area, and many teaching and practice rooms. The Recital Hall is partly below ground level but includes a large sound-insulating window at high level. Acoustic computer model studies were used to develop the suspended diffuser/reflector in the shape of an inverted exploded T to provide early reflections, which ensure good orchestral ensemble and also eliminate focussing from the vaulted ceiling. The project won an RIBA 2002 award.
A landmark building at the entrance to the new Sharjah University. The facility contains a conference centre with boxes for the Ruler and his guests on a balcony. A range of large subdivisible breakout rooms is accessed by escalators at an upper level.
Four new buildings accommodating 211 students and resident tutors, with kitchens, studios and study rooms, as well as parking and gardens.
For over thirty years Sandy Brown has been involved in the renovations and improvements to this prime venue. The 1999/2000 renovations included new stage lifts, new seating, alterations to allow "promenade" concerts, upgrading of lighting, new raked auditorium floor, new concert platform and the complete replacement of the mechanical and electrical services.Read more
Alterations and extensions to increase space within the existing building at the William Ellis School. A new art room, library and assembly hall is provided by means of a mezzanine floor.
The natural acoustic of this multi-purpose auditorium has been designed predominantly for music. The provision of a fly tower and retractable horizontal and vertical absorbent elements in the auditorium allow the acoustic of the space to be altered so that it can also be used as a theatre.
This 11-storey shell and core office building, occupied by Credit Suisse First Boston, is linked to 20 Columbus Courtyard by glass sided walkways at ground and fifth floor levels.
This 11-storey office building, occupied by Credit Suisse First Boston (CSFB), is joined to the original CSFB building at One Cabot Square. It houses the trading floors, meeting rooms, conference areas plus comprehensive staff facilities including a restaurant, gymnasium and retail spaces.
Overlooking the grounds of Buckingham Palace, this office building is designed to house four or more tenants in space divided either vertically or horizontally. It contains an atrium winter garden, restaurant, health club, conference facilities and shops.
Headquarters office building for Adobe, situated at Edinburgh Park. Includes cellular and open plan offices, meeting rooms, video conference room, restaurant, training rooms and computer equipment rooms.
Tiered conference facility formed from a redundant banking hall with breakout and hospitality facilities. In addition to being used for internal conferences and meetings it is also used by the Monetary Policy Committee and for television presentations.
The building, located on the northern end of the new Edinburgh Park development, comprises three separate office blocks each opening onto a central atrium. The blocks are connected by separate enclosed atria. Longitudinal 'streets' join the three blocks on the east and west facades with meeting rooms in the east street. A linked amenity block contains the staff restaurant, kitchen, cafe, touchdown centre and conferencing facilities.
Conversion of a former Corn Exchange building (listed Category B building) to form a multipurpose venue, with uses including a music venue, exhibition space, banqueting suite, and conference events. A major consideration was upgrading the sound insulation of the building envelope, which included large areas of windows and roof glazing, to minimise sound transmission to nearby noise sensitive areas.
Dundee Contemporary Arts Centre includes galleries, 2 cinemas, meeting rooms, a cafe/bar, a small recording studio, and extensive creative facilities with an emphasis on printmaking and new technology / modern art forms.
The project encompassed the construction of a new theatre, remodelling of the Arts Centre, and construction of new Media Centre within an existing shell in Gandy Street, Exeter.
A multipurpose fan-shaped auditorium whose natural acoustic has been designed for theatre use. An electro-acoustic enhancement system makes the auditorium more acceptable for music uses.
The UK's premier exhibition space to mark the 2000 millennium. This vast dome is constructed from a stretched flexible membrane and is large enough to contain the whole of Wembley stadium and its car park. It is designed to contain a variety of exhibits and corporate buildings, as well as a central performance area.
This museum includes a substantial display, research and archive areas, as well as a generous double height entrance hall with a shop and a cafe, and an auditorium capable of seating 100 people for lectures or for village events.
A flexible theatre with removable balconies capable of theatre-in-the-round or end-stage configuration, together with rehearsal space, writing facilities and restaurant. The auditorium is fully floating to provide high levels of sound insulation from the rehearsal space.
Sandy Brown, as specialist architects and acoustic consultants, worked in conjunction with a local architect Moses Mkony to establishment of a national mainland television station in Dar-es-Salaam.
Parts of the building on the Tron Theatre site date back to 1529, and previous architects include Robert Adam. This latest redevelopment was in five phases comprising improvement and redevelopment of the auditorium, a new box office and foyer, studio theatre, bar and administration facilities and improved back of stage facilities.
A purpose designed noise enclosure to facilitate 24-hour tunnel excavation and construction in a residential area. Achieving the required noise control with a low cost, rapid-build construction were the prime objectives.
The Aspire leisure centre provides training and rehabilitation facilities that have been made fully accessible to users with mobility, hearing or visual impairments. In line with the charity’s vision of promoting integration between disabled and non-disabled users, the centre is fully open to both.
Facilities at the centre include a 25 metre swimming pool, a fully integrated fitness studio, sports hall, dance studio and an on-site café.
Bluewater, built on the site of a former chalk quarry, is the UK's biggest and most significant retail and leisure scheme. A total of 154,000m2 of leisure, retail and catering facilities are provided together with a multiplex cinema, water features, entertainment areas and a themed food court.
This complex in Mortimer Street comprises edit rooms, voice over booths, audio and dubbing control rooms together with two transmission suites.
Across the canal from St Catherine's College, the Centre for Advanced Studies in Social Sciences contains a large entrance atrium, library, IT training areas, seminar rooms, common rooms, cellular and open plan offices.
This complex in Marco Polo House, Battersea comprises transmission suites, edit suites and audio dubbing facilities, where analogue signals are received and converted into digital for transmission.
This four storey building comprises the Faculty of Design Library, three lecture theatres (two with 150 seats and one 250 seat), seminar and conference rooms, offices, an atrium and student facilities.
The nine storey Department of Biology and School of Medicine houses a 320 seat and a 150 seat lecture theatre, five 50-70 seat seminar rooms, nine 20-35 seat seminar rooms, administration offices, student accommodation, teaching & research laboratories and ancillary areas. Users are grouped according to the amount of noise they make and an acoustic screen separates the undergraduate areas from the upper research floors.
This addition to Anglia Television's TV complex contains two news studios - each 150m2 - together with newsrooms, control rooms, voice-over booths and edit suites. In addition, there is a 1,300m2 production studio and control rooms.
A scheme design for the lottery funded reconstruction of the Drill Hall in Bloomsbury to provide a new theatre, studio theatre, dance studios and other arts facilities.
The Gatwick 'wavy wall', designed by Anthony Hunt Associates, was built of concrete to shield the residents of Horley from the noise of aircraft using three new stands at the North Terminal. The wall is 430m long, 11m high and shaped like a wave, the surface appearance changing with the light and rain.
The relocation of the Royal Marines School of Music New Entry and Higher Music Training to HMS Nelson, Portsmouth for the Ministry of Defence. The project included teaching facilities for brass and percussion instruments, a piano/aural recital room, 36 music practice rooms, 13 professional tutorial rooms and 10 small ensemble rooms.
The ICANHO Centre, a brain injuries rehabilitation day centre, is run by the John Grooms Association for Disabled People and serves mainly young people. The building has three functional areas - therapeutic, employment training & multifunction, and general - represented by three 'partitions' connected by a glazed internal street with a greenhouse at the end.
A new theatre building at the Rose Bruford College main campus in Sidcup, Kent. The theatre comprises a 400-seat theatre-in-the-round and 200m2 studio.
The Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) contains an auditorium on two balcony levels, a proscenium stage and fly tower, and has the largest seating capacity in the UK. The roof form resembles a cluster of ships' hulls, reflecting its position beside the River Clyde.
The inter-denominational chapel at Heathrow Airport, with prayer room and counselling room.
Conversion of a single storey office building above Temple Underground Station into a new base for the British Transport Police. It comprises a custodial suite of 6 cells, offices, a conference room and 2 'taped interview' rooms.
A feasibility study for the refurbishment of Finsbury Park Station. The project included a new ticket hall, constructed under the BR railway lines, with a sound insulating ceiling, among other measures, to reduce the high noise levels of trains passing directly overhead.
Feasibility study for the refurbishment and upgrading of the underground station at Oxford Circus.
Following a fire that destroyed the old church, funds were raised for its rebuilding. The new church contains an organ by Kenneth Tickell and the acoustic design ensured that absorption at low frequencies did not diminish the impact of the organ's full range.
A completely new university on a waterfront site in Lincoln city centre, including a 250-seat lecture theatre, a number of smaller lecture theatres, offices, a board room, seminar rooms, administration and executive offices, laboratories, and a large atrium.
A media centre with broadcast quality TV studios forming a major extension to the University's facilities at the Northwick Park Campus, Harrow. The facilities include three TV studios, two of which have a floor area of about 250m2 with associated control rooms; four radio studios with associated control rooms; music practice rooms and 8 &16 track recording studios with associated control rooms, library spaces and a 300-seat lecture theatre.
The Chingford Hall Estate is one of four developments of the Waltham Forest Housing Action Trust and is situated alongside the A406 North Circular Road. It is affected by high road traffic noise and a barrier, 6 sq. metres high and over 500 sq. metres long. It was constructed between the road and the estate to protect both the facades of dwellings and their gardens. Landscaping the gardens behind the barrier softened its visual impact.
Modern complex housing five courts and associated areas.
This prestigious conference centre occupies a prominent site near to Edinburgh Castle and is the landmark building for the new Edinburgh financial centre. The conference centre has in total seven performance spaces ranging from 1,200 to 300 seats.
This award-winning six storey building houses the Squire Law Library, Moot Court, five auditoria, seminar rooms, common rooms and faculty administration. The building was the subject of the Architects' Journal building study on 27 July 1995.
The complete internal refurbishment of the Jordanian Parliament debating chamber, including changes to improve speech intelligibility, involving acoustic treatment to the dome covering the whole of the chamber. Planning for television and production lighting was undertaken and a desk microphone and public address system were installed in the new chamber.
This complex was built on the 24th floor of 1 Canada Square, Canary Wharf. The broadcast facilities include a newsroom/studio, control rooms and edit suites.
Sandy Brown advised NatWest Technical Services and other Technical Groups on electro-acoustics, banking hall and video conference room acoustics, and speech privacy between offices and between customer interview rooms. Sandy Brown also advised NatWest on all aspects of building acoustics, electro-acoustics, noise and vibration in the development of two high street concept branches.
The Royal Bank of Scotland's fit-out at 1 Waterhouse Square, London. The project included two Treasury and Capital markets dealing floors, open-plan and cellular offices, executive offices, conference and meeting facilities and video conferencing facilities. Sandy Brown also provided audio-visual consultancy for the sophisticated boardroom, corporate and mobile presentation facilities.
The Castle Arts Centre for Wellingborough Borough Council, comprises a 500-seat auditorium with flytower, changing rooms and other back-of-stage facilities, foyer and gallery with bar and restaurant facilities.
Headquarters building for the British independent television network Channel 4, which forms the new network transmission centre and handles all quality monitoring of the outgoing signals. The facility contains a 250 sq metre production studio, post- production facilities, cinema and offices.
Fit-out of Chase Manhattan's new headquarters on levels three and four of Vintners Place in London, which includes dealing areas, offices, senior management suite, auditorium, conference and training facilities.
Revitalisation of the existing Grade B listed auditorium of the Empire Theatre, maintaining its basic virtues of size and acoustic performance, but increasing the stage area (now one of the largest in the UK), orchestra pit and back-of-house facilities to accommodate any size of performance imaginable. The Edinburgh Festival Theatre is now one of the world's leading auditoria for opera, ballet and other types of musical event.Read more
Fit-out of accommodation including dealing rooms of about 280m2 and offices on the 22nd floor of the Messeturm building, Frankfurt.
This centre was purpose-built for the 1993 annual conference of the Gulf Co-operation Council. The design and construction of this opulent and impressive conference facility, including an auditorium, cinema and conference rooms, was completed within 11 months.
The School on the Cote d'Azur houses 1,000 students. The building was described in detail in the Building Study in the RIBA Journal of October 1993.
An extension of the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) at Birmingham. It consists of four new exhibition halls totaling 30,000m2 with an additional 10,000m2 of ancillary areas.
The UN Conference Centre in Bangkok provides extensive conference facilities for the United Nations and for UN-ESCAP (the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific). The Centre includes five conference halls, the largest holding 1,000 delegates, all with simultaneous interpretation facilities, electronic voting, speech reinforcement and full IT & TV facilities.
A state-of-the-art lecture theatre for teaching, and major presentations and lectures.
Beatles producer George Martin's Air Lyndhurst Studios were converted from a Grade II listed church and missionary school in Hampstead designed by Alfred Waterhouse. The complex comprises world class recording facilities for film scoring, rock and pop, orchestral work and post-production.
The Antalya Sheraton Hotel is a ten-floor 450 bedroom luxury hotel on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey. The hotel contains conference facilities, meeting rooms, a casino, a supper club and all other facilities expected in a luxury hotel.
The BRIT School in Croydon specialises in training for the performing arts. The building comprises recording studios, music practice rooms, dance studios, a TV/drama studio, radio studio and a multi-purpose performance space.
Sandy Brown has advised on both the acoustics and on speech reinforcement in this multi-denominational church.
Refurbishment and enlargement of the recording studio at Hog Hill Mill, together with sound insulation of the barn to prevent noise reaching nearby dwellings and thus allow its use for night-time rehearsals.
Conversion of a warehouse in Camden Town into TV studios. In addition to the distribution of international news, WTN provides live weather reports to independent TV networks. There are two studios which are both floated to limit noise and vibration from a busy passenger and freight railway line alongside the building and an underground railway below.
Sandy Brown was responsible for the selection and positioning of the loudspeakers for emergency and public address in the main and service tunnels and in all vehicle control areas of the two terminals.
The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, at the intersection of Buchanan Street and Sauchiehall Street, was opened by the Princess Royal on October 1990 and provided a long-awaited replacement for St Andrew's Hall, one of the great classical auditoria. The concert hall seats 2500 in an arena format: the balcony extends to merge with the raised choir seating to surround the stage; at stalls level the main body of seating faces the stage with peripheral seating echoing the balcony arrangement; the first eleven rows of stalls seating can be removed completely on air pallets or rearranged to surround an alternative performance area; the stage is fully adjustable with mechanical lifts to accommodate a variety of orchestra and performance layouts.
The new headquarters building for Independent Television News in Gray's Inn Road. This building contains four studios and all back-up facilities for ITN's UK and international news operation, as well as a large atrium and office accommodation.
Built for use by MTV's European operation, the facility contains a TV production studio together with control rooms. The studio is fully floated on elastomeric bearings to eliminate noise and vibration from the London Underground railway which runs just below.
Refurbishment of the Gild-edged securities dealing rooms. Independent acoustic elements were used so as to avoid altering the existing intricate room surfaces.
The Corn Exchange in Cambridge was built in 1875, and used for a variety of events until 1981 when it was closed following objections from neighbours to noise caused by live bands and complaints about the state of the building. We were engaged to advise on the subsequent renovation and refurbishment to form a concert venue. A balcony was introduced to increase the seating capacity. Major considerations were optimising the acoustic quality of the space, achieving low noise levels from the ventilation system (which has externally routed ductwork because of the Grade II listed building constraints), and upgrading the sound insulation of the building envelope, including fitting secondary glazing to the large window areas, and replacing glazed roof areas. A quadratic residue diffuser is installed on the rear stage wall, believed to be the first use in a concert hall in the UK.
School of music comprising a 450-seat concert hall, 30 music practice rooms and three rehearsal rooms.
Sultan Qaboos University campus comprises 272,250m2 of buildings constructed in a 2,717 acre site in a valley at the foothills of the Oman Mountains, 40 km from Muscat. The project includes TV and radio studios and control rooms, VT editing rooms, lecture theatre, medical TV theatres and 400 seat auditorium, a 700 seat conference centre, and a 450 seat theatre with conference facilities.
A large luxury hotel and conference centre complex with special facilities for the Sultan of Oman and his guests. It was opened in October 1985 for the Gulf Co-operation Council meeting.
Located in the heart of the City of London's financial district, Lloyd's is at the centre of the world's insurance market. The building, 84 sq. metres high to the top of atrium consists of a series of 16 sq.metre wide concentric galleries overlooking a central atrium. Each gallery may be used either as part of the underwriting room or as office space. All services, lifts, toilets and columns are placed outside the building to provide completely unobstructed internal space.
Acoustic design of the 'Super Stars' exhibition to provide acoustic separation between adjacent loud rock music exhibits whilst maintaining free public circulation between them.
The centre contains a large Plenary Hall seating 4,000, two conference rooms each seating 1,000, and 13 small conference rooms each seating 60. Also part of the complex is a 12,300 sq. metre exhibition area and 42 floor office tower. The Plenary Hall has one of the largest fully floating floors in the world to ensure that its use for sports does not affect the conference facilities below.
W H Smith's award-winning corporate headquarters in Swindon.
Sports complex including gym, sports hall and swimming pool.
The National Concert Hall of Wales, St David's Hall, provides an exciting acoustic environment for orchestral music while also serving as the venue for a wide range of other events. An independent acoustic survey in 1998, by American acoustician Leo Beranek, ranked St David's Hall in the top eight concert halls in the world, and the only one of these to have been designed in the 20th century. It is one of Europe's most televised venues and it is in this auditorium that the Cardiff Singer of the Year is staged every two years.
TV-am was the first national commercial breakfast television in the UK. The Camden Town canal-side premises contain 100m2 and 300m2 TV studios together with technical areas and offices. Terry Farrell's stunning building topped by egg-cups became an icon. TV-am had a difficult start, grew to be very successful but finally closed in 1992. Its studios were taken over by MTV.
The National Theatre in Doha comprises an auditorium for theatre and conferences, ancillary areas, and an office block. The auditorium which seats 500 is equipped with speech reinforcement, simultaneous interpretation and full audio-visual systems. A 1:50 acoustic model of the auditorium was used to optimise the acoustic design.
London Weekend Television (LWT) started in 1968 and moved from Wembley to these new studios in 1972. LWT produced such well known programmes as Upstairs Downstairs, The Professionals, Dempsey & Makepeace and The South Bank Show, and then merged with Carlton in 2001. The studios are now known as The London Studios.
New Broadcasting House, the BBC Regional HQ, includes 3 radio drama suites, a radio suite, a sound dubbing suite and dead-room, a production TV studio, and Studio 7 - the Classical Music and Public Performance Studio. The BBC website states: "Renowned world-wide for its excellent acoustics, Studio 7 is home to the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. The Halle Orchestra and record companies such as BMG Classics, Chandos, Decca, and Deutsche Gramophon are among the regular clients using this excellent recording studio."
This luxury Hotel and Conference Centre contains a 600m2 conference suite which can be divided into four separate areas (in six configurations) using moving sound-insulating partitions.