Client: BAE Systems on behalf of Renfrewshire Council

Architect: Holmes Miller Architects

Contractor: Robertson Construction

Project value: £18m

Project team: Richard Mackenzie

Dargavel Primary School, opened in October 2021 was designed over two floors, where 14 learning spaces arranged around a modern open space layout allowing class learning and breakout learning. The ground floor is comprised of  a dining hall, a combined assembly and gym hall area as well as outdoor multi-use games and garden areas.

RMP provided initial and detailed acoustic design advice using the Building Bulletin 93:2014 (BB93), ‘Acoustic Design of Schools’ which covers the fundamental considerations for the design of Education buildings, including control of external sound break-in, sound insulation between spaces, control of reverberation time (echo), control of building services sound, both airborne and duct-borne, and control of vibration from building services plant.

Acoustic design advice is necessary to ensure that suitable teaching environments are created in terms of ambient noise levels, sound insulation and reverberation. A good level of speech intelligibility is also necessary in all teaching and learning areas such that a single un-amplified speaker can clearly communicate to a group.

During construction, RMP undertook a review of the acoustic design and detailing and provided ongoing design advice with site inspections of key acoustic details. Completion acoustic testing of the finished building was also undertaken.

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