Providing a good night’s sleep for hotel guests in Leeds

The new luxury hotel in Leeds city centre we’ve been working on received planning permission in spring 2021. Situated in Sovereign Square, the 13-storey hotel with 321 bedrooms and a ground floor bar and restaurant will be run by Hyatt.

Working for developer Marrico Asset Management and contractor GMI, our job is to ensure the building is protected from noise from the adjacent railway, meets Hyatt’s acoustic standards internally,  and meets Leeds City Council’s requirements for noise from building services plant. 

As Sovereign Square is adjacent to Leeds train station, we have paid careful attention to the façade design, which is a key acoustic consideration due to the proximity of the building to the railway lines. We’ve also worked on a very important factor for hotels and their guests – the sound insulation of internal floors and partitions to control noise transfer between guest rooms and the hotel facilities. 

After a hiatus in the project due to Covid, we are currently working on the Stage 4 design with plans to start on site later in 2022.

Sovereign Square has needed some TLC for a couple of decades, so it’s brilliant for us to be part of this exciting regeneration plan, which will finally give the site the attention it needs to fulfil its potential.

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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