Project Description


Acoustic Design to BB93 – Redbourne UTC

Project name: Redbourne Upper School and Community College, Amphill, Bedfordshire

Contractor: Parkway Construction (M.K.) Limited

Contract value: £2.5m

Architect: Stephen George LLP

HRS project dates: June  2014 – October 2015

Service provided

  • Acoustic Design of building to meet BB93 standards, with an emphasis on good acoustic design of music/performance area
  • Noise Impact Assessment to ensure external plant equipment noise meets local authority planning requirements

The project involved a new additional school block designed to meet the criteria outlined in Building Bulletin 93 (BB93) standards, featuring a multi use assembly hall, teaching areas and a flexible use sixth form study area.

The multi-use assembly hall doubles as a theatre, seating up to 450 people with full Audio Visual facilities operated from a mezzanine control room overlooking the auditorium.

The school required the new performance space to provide an excellent acoustic environment for speech, music performance and audio visual presentations; along with a striking contemporary visual aesthetic. To achieve this HRS worked closely with the project architect to develop a bespoke acoustic larch battening panel wall finish that would provide control reverberation, promote good room acoustics and provide a strong visual finish.

Extensive 3D acoustic modelling was undertaken using CATT acoustic software to develop the hall design and specify the amount and location of acoustic absorption in order to provide the optimal and flexible acoustic conditions for speech and music performance.

CATT Acoustic 3D acoustic model of Hall Space

University Technical College Case Study - Acoustic Design to BB93