White Space/Classrooms, Kydd Building, Dundee - CSP Acoustics

White Space/Classrooms, Kydd Building, Dundee

CSP Acoustics provided guidance on sound insulation and room acoustics for the phased refurbishment of the Kydd Building in Dundee.

Project Overview

Recommendations for the design of spaces were based on design guidance set out in Building Bulletin 93 Acoustic Design of Schools: Performance Standards.

CSP Acoustics undertook benchmark sound insulation and reverberation time testing within the building to inform the acoustic design process. Predictive reverberation time calculations for these spaces were carried out using proprietary 3D room acoustic modelling software EASE® (Enhanced Acoustic Simulator for Engineers) which takes account of assessment methods set out in BS ISO 3382-2:2008 Acoustics Measurement of room acoustic parameters.

The use of this software allowed accurate determination of areas and placement of sound absorbent material finishes within large volume spaces, which typically require rigorous assessment, in order to comply with BB93 requirements.


University of Abertay Dundee

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Project Information
  • Consultation Period: 2018-2020
  • Project Completion: 2021
  • Project Value: £4m
Project Team
  • Contractor: McLaughlin & Harvey
  • Architect: Wellwood Leslie Architects
  • Acoustic Consultant: CSP Acoustics LLP
  • Project Manager: Pick Everard
  • Structural Engineer: Cundall Johnston & Partners
  • M&E Engineer: DSSR
Early Decisions Make a Difference

It is a fact that the impact of many acoustical issues can be reduced by making appropriate early stage design decisions – site layout, building planning, materials and structures choices can all affect the magnitude and therefore cost of dealing with noise, privacy and communication issues. To help designers become more aware of the impact of acoustics on design and development CSP Acoustics is happy to provide CPD Updates on Acoustics and Noise issues to design practices and client organisations. Lunchtime, or longer, CPD sessions can be arranged for delivery in-house to suit client and design organisations.

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