Back in 2013 we were awarded the first-ever UK prize for architectural acoustic design. This was for our work alongside Hopkins Architects and contractors Galliford Try at the UEL Stratford Campus Library.
Five years later, and as part of a group led again Hopkins, we have received another accolade – a Highly Commended award from the Concrete Society. This came in recognition of Senior Acoustics Consultant Joe Bear‘s work on the George Green Engineering and Science Library at the University of Nottingham.
This project entailed a new extension and remodelling of a 1960’s concrete framed building. Work was divided into two phases so that the Library could remain in use throughout the construction process. Phase 1 created a striking new curved extension accommodating a large social study area, cafeteria and foyer area on the ground floor, overlooked on the upper floors by extensive open-plan reader study areas.
We used 3-D computer modelling to investigate the effect of different acoustic treatments on noise levels and propagation between areas. Working closely with the architects and engineers we developed bespoke solutions to incorporate the acoustic treatments into the architectural scheme. The chosen solution entailed large areas of slatted timber over acoustically absorbent material, all set into specially designed recesses cast into the reinforced concrete soffits.
The building won the RIBA East Midlands Sustainability Award 2017 and Adrian James Acoustics is proud to be part of the building’s continuing success.
(All images credit: Hopkins Architects)