Silent treatment: acoustic design in an open plan school

The design brief for Trumpington Community College was for open teaching spaces overlooking a large, airy atrium. The challenge for Max Fordham’s acoustic engineers was ensuring teachers were not disturbed by noise from neighbouring spaces. Andy Pearson reports

Peace of mind – CIBSE Guide B4

CIBSE has published a new version of its guidance covering noise and vibration in building services. The Guide B4 steering committee and its chair, Bob Peters, summarise the contents, focusing on chillers and noise from waterflow systems

Sound of success – acoustic design in music schools

Creating the right acoustic environment in a performance space is a painstaking task that requires a multidisciplinary approach. Liza Young speaks to the team behind a new University of St Andrews music centre