This high-end project, designed by Sutherland Hussey Harris architects, inserted 14 units into a conservation area in the historic centre of St Andrews, with the buildings designed within extremely tight height and depth constraints to conform with Local Authority planning requirements and to achieve a development density which exceeded the requirements of the challenging brief from the developer client, Eastacre Investments.
The elegant and uncompromisingly contemporary design required the thickness of all separating walls and floors in the development to be minimised and for novel constructions to be developed to control flanking and other weak links in the control of sound transfer between units in the project to enable success at pre-completion testing. Positive and fruitful Involvement with the project architects in a series of technically challenging iterative design processes, as well as careful inspections during construction, ensured that when tested the project passed with flying colours – achieving levels of sound insulation well in excess of the minimum requirements set out in the Scottish Building Standards whilst maintaining meticulous and elegant visual detail.
The principles of Test Risk Management – a process pioneered and promoted by CSP Acoustics over a number of years and encapsulated in a technical guidance Practice Note issued by the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland – were applied to the West Burn Lane project. This provided a ‘start-to-finish’ management tool to help minimise the risk of Sound Insulation Test failure at the ‘project critical’ pre-completion testing.