Thursday, 3 December 2015

University of Bath - The Edge opens for art for all

University of Bath: The Arts Building, The Edge
Location: Bath, Somerset
Architect: FCBS
Contract Value: £6M
Images supplied curtesy of Madeleine McEwan for FCBStudios



Designed by FCBS Architects, this project included an acoustic uplift in the theatre; with the addition of a new building incorporating recital and rehearsal space; complimented with a full suite of recording and control rooms; drum rooms; and practice areas.
Sound insulation levels were as high as 65 dB in some instances and background noise levels have largely been designed to NR12.

MACH Acoustics was brought in to consider the acoustic quality of the different spaces and 3D acoustic modelling was used as part of our investigations.We were mindful of value engineering from the outset, working closely with the architect throughout the project. To ensure the acoustic specification was met, MACH proposed more cost effective constructions to the design. We also reviewed areas where the acoustic specification did not meet client expectations and came up with solutions to the reverberation problem in the large drama hall and music rooms, continually testing throughout the process.


Now open and enjoying full usage,  this building is an asset to the communities of Bath University and non students alike. 
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