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Research has shown that acoustic conditions within schools can have a profound impact on pupils' learning and staff performance. Building Bulletin 93 - Acoustic Design of Schools provides acoustic performance guidelines for sound insulation, speech intelligibility, internal ambient noise levels and reverberation times of teaching areas to which all school buildings must conform.

At Hodgson & Hodgson, we have considerable experience in assisting architects, developers and design teams throughout the project life cycle to ensure that appropriate acoustic conditions are achieved in educational facilities. Hodgson & Hodgson’s acoustic consultants provide a comprehensive service including acoustic advice on the initial feasibility and design of the school, assessment of proposed constructions and finishes, recommendations and specification of noise control products and preparation of a BB93 assessment report. ANC accredited sound insulation testing can be undertaken at completion to demonstrate compliance with the BB93 performance requirements.

Many schools and colleges are also now wishing to conform to the BREEAM Education standards to demonstrate environmental performance. Hodgson & Hodgson are experienced at working to these standards. We can supply advice on achieving BREEAM credits for acoustic performance and carry out all of the relevant assessments to demonstrate how the credits can be achieved.

We have advised both Educational Authorities and also Main Contractors across a wide range of school and further education facility projects ranging from single classroom extensions to complete new schools using BB93 and other relevant documents for guidance and assisting clients in meeting specific BREEAM needs. Schools for students with special educational needs, where conditions must be very tightly controlled to ensure good educational conditions are a speciality.

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