Charterhouse School incorporates good acoustic design in new Creative Arts Centre

03 March 2021 by Nick Treby, Principal Consultant

Charterhouse School has appointed Spectrum Acoustic Consultants to provide design advice from RIBA Stage 2 through to completion on the development of a Creative Arts Centre at their site in Godalming, Surrey. The school are working with Ayre Chamberlain Gaunt Architects (who Spectrum worked with previously on an award winning Performance Centre for Redbridge College) in bringing the existing Art and Design departments into a single building and providing new studios and gallery space.

Good acoustic conditions in schools help children learn, and help teachers to teach. Fewer distractions from outside or other parts of the building helps concentration. Good room acoustic conditions aid communication, helping all to hear clearly and feel less tired as the day goes on. Appointing an acoustician to work closely with the architects and engineers from an early stage helps the team develop a coherent, cost effective and robust acoustic design.

Project Team:
Project Manager: Equals Consulting
Architect: Ayre Chamberlain Gaunt
M&E Engineer: Elementa
Structural Engineer: Elliott Wood
Acoustic Consultant: Spectrum Acoustic Consultants
Planning and Heritage Consultant: Savills
Approved Inspector: Butler and Young

Image courtesy of Ayre Chamberlain Gaunt
Charterhouse School incorporates good acoustic design in new Creative Arts Centre