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Liverpool Hope University Case Study

The Client

Liverpool Hope University may be one of the newest universities in the country, but the colleges that make up the University have a history of providing further education in the city for over 160 years.

Throughout history Liverpool has earned a world-wide reputation for all kinds of music from The Beatles, to The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra which coincidentally was founded in the 1840’s at the same time as Hope’s first college.

The City is now set now set to be the European Capital of Culture in 2008 renewing even greater musical interest. Liverpool Hope University has expanded its music department with the construction of a new teaching recording studio and control room.

The Challenge

Kimpton Energy Solutions were appointed to address this noise management challenge for the new music studio, to be sited on the first floor of the University. Kimpton Acoustics had to ensure that whilst internally it was protected from external airborne noise and achieved acoustical characteristics for good sound quality, outside the studio none of the music carried to other parts of the building.

The Solution

The modular construction of both the music studio and the larger control room enabled Kimpton to design and manufacture the solution at its factory on the Wirral and assemble the flat pack panels on site. The acoustic wall and roof panels supplied were of nominal 100mm thickness, complete with floating mass barrier. The polyester powder coated wall panels were finished externally in a light ivory finish and covered in a durable cloth finish internally. The internal floating floor, featuring ceramic tiles in the studio and anti-static carpet tiles in the control room, was tuned to 10Hz to provide vibration isolation against structure-borne noise transmission.

Soundproof windows, quadruple glazed, provided a visual link between the two rooms, but with 8.8mm and 11.5mm thick clear laminated safety glass set in vibration isolating aluminium panels and with window reveals lined with 12mm thick open cell polyurethane expanded foam, there was no chance of noise transfer.

Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) compliant soundproof pedestrian access doors completed the structures. These were compatible with the walls in terms of acoustic performance and included complete dual glazed windows to each door leaf.

Controls against internally generated noise such as from ventilation systems or light fittings in addition to the basic structure of the rooms, also had to be in place. External stand-alone air conditioning units with heating and cooling capacity to each room, complete with silencers, ducting, and internal ceiling diffusers were therefore also part of the ventilation system design.

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