Exterior of a modern school building
Exterior of a modern school building

City of London Academy, Shoreditch

dBx Acoustics worked with Reds 10 and HPA Architecture on planning and acoustic design for the City of London Academy at Audrey Street, Shoreditch.

Located on a very constrained site in an urban area, key acoustic concerns included protecting neighbouring residential properties from noise from building services plant and school activity. As this is a modular construction, compliance with Building Bulletin 93 (BB93)

both in terms of sound insulation and room acoustics required careful consideration in the design and manufacture of the construction units.

Warwick McCullough from HPA Architecture commented,“HPA Architecture were delighted to have dBx on this scheme and as usual they performed in a excellent way thru design development to technical delivery. Thanks!”

The project completed in 2017.

dBx helps boost productivity in co-working space

As the workplace evolves, more and more people are working flexibly – whether that be late at night, from a sun terrace in Italy, or in a specially designed co-working space.

Clockwise provide the latter – contemporary private offices and shared workspace with flexible membership plans. With sites in Belfast, Edinburgh and Glasgow, we were delighted to be asked to work on their “new kid on the dock” at the iconic Edward Pavilion on Liverpool’s world-famous Albert Dock.

Appointed by international construction company Ardmac in 2018 and working alongside architects 74, we were asked to help with specifying partitions between the workspaces. Sound insulation is very important for bustling co-working spaces, helping to provide settings that support different activities, such as having private conversations, focused/individual work and collaborative sessions.

We assisted the partition specification and detailing to maintain sound insulation between different workspaces while ensuring we didn’t impact the fabric of the building, which is a 19th century warehouse with preserved original features, including cast iron columns, Victorian brickwork and barrel vaulted ceilings.

We also worked on building services noise control, particularly on the upper floor, which features air handling units sitting on plant decks suspended within the open plan office space.

A historic building on a historic site, we’re proud to have worked on this challenging and exciting project.

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