Project Description

Acoustic Design to BB93 – University Technical College Case Study

Project name: Burton and South Derbyshire University Technical College

Contractor: BAM Construction

Contract value: £8.6m

Architect: Bond Bryan Architects, Sheffield

HRS project dates: March 2014 – October 2015

Service provided
Acoustic design of building to meet BB93 and Local Authority requirements


  • A University Technical College located in Burton upon Trent, for the education of 14 – 19 year olds and specialising in health science and engineering. The UTC is sponsored by regional institutions such as Nestle and Royal Derby Teaching Hospitals.
  • Part new-build and part refurbishment, circulation within the building was focussed around on two central, large, ‘hub’ spaces, both of which provided direct access into teaching rooms. Attention was given to providing design methods which limited disturbance both between and within spaces and providing acoustically-suitable learning environments through meeting BB93 criteria.
  • The areas due for refurbishment previously formed part of Burton Town Hall, and thorough site investigations were carried out in order to gain as comprehensive an understanding as possible of the existing building fabric.
  • A full-mechanical ventilation strategy was implemented in most areas in order to provide suitable ventilation with closed windows – a necessity due to the proximity of traffic and high resultant external noise levels – and for noise levels to achieve BB93 requirements. As part of the acoustic environment analysis, attention was given to methods for protecting the amenity of nearby residential areas.
  • 3D modelling was carried out to determine reverberation time and provide guidance on the incorporation of suitable acoustic absorption for a number of large-volume spaces, including the central circulation areas and lecture theatre.