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Qatar University Administration & Support Building

Client: KEO International

contract dates: December 2016 – present

CDC was commissioned by KEO International to support the acoustic design of the proposed Qatar University Administration and Support Building, located within the grounds of Qatar University, Doha, Qatar.

The proposed development will accommodate a number of Qatar University staff members,  located within a four storey building of office accommodation. A large scale data centre is also incorporated into the design, with associated generators and chiller units.

The development incorporates four separated accommodation blocks, which are joined by a common central circulation space. The development also incorporates a large volume atrium which links the four blocks.

A number of spaces are incorporated into the development, including offices areas, meeting rooms, an auditorium, male and female gymnasiums, a data centre, common areas and back of house areas.

CDC was commissioned to undertake full acoustic design services to the project. This included  technical support into Concept Design, Schematic Design and Detailed Design stages of the project. Digital modelling was undertaken for the Auditorium area.

CDC also supported the project to ensure that the available QSAS credits were achieved with      respect to acoustics, noise and vibration.

SERVICES covered: design | strategy | acoustics

Worcester University Art House Project

Client: Worcester University

contract dates: December 2015 to October 2016

CDC was contracted by Worcester University to undertake acoustic planning and design  services to their Art House project, located in Worcester, Worcestershire.

CDC was commissioned to undertake full acoustic design services for the project.

The proposed development was to be housed within an existing Grade 2 Listed Building which formally had been used as a prison, fire station and more recently commercial premises.

In addition to the development of the existing building, a new build element was proposed for construction directly adjacent and connected to the existing building.

The buildings incorporated a number of creative arts spaces, break out areas and studios, in  addition to ancillary spaces, such as offices, meeting rooms and back of house areas.

The Clients aspiration for the project was to develop an open plan teaching / learning, social environment with flexible spaces that could change in shape and use of time.

These aspirations, and the design constraints of working within a Grade 2 Listed Building, ensured that the acoustic design had to be sympathetic, creative and collaborative.

CDC worked closely with the wider design team, including architects, MEP, Structures and others, to ensure that the acoustic design was appropriate to the wider design aspirations for the project.

The acoustic design proposals were digitally modelled in acoustic software to predict their performance and allow for a effective, financially efficient solution to be proposed.

SERVICES covered: planning | design | commissioning | acoustics

Cambourne Village College, Cambridgeshire

Client: FAithful & Gould

contract dates: 2014

CDC was engaged by Faithful and Gould on behalf of their Client, Cambridgeshire County Council, to undertake a design review of this large scale new build development located in Cambourne, Cambridgeshire.

The building comprised learning and teaching spaces including a suite of music rooms, drama and dance spaces, a main hall, in addition to a number of general teaching spaces.

CDC was requested to undertake visual Inspections, design review of construction drawings,  acoustic testing and offer remedial advice to the completed building based upon feedback from  stakeholders that the College was not performing acoustically as expected.

CDC visited the site on a number of occasions, undertaking a number of tests including sound  insulation performance of walls and floors, re­verberation time measurements, ambient noise levels with spaces and impact sound tests to determine likely areas of acoustic weakness.

Working very closely with key stakeholders including contractors, consultants, architects, projects  managers, Cambridgeshire County Council and the school management team, advice was  offered for remedial works to Improve the overall performance of acoustically weak elements.

All advice given was practical and as cost effective as possible, given the constraints of working in an operational educational facility.

A programme of works was carried out by the Contractor, as per CDC recommendations, and a  number of acoustic tests and visual inspections were undertaken to check compliance.

A professional working relationship with all involved in the project was key to a successful outcome and achieving the aspirations of the Client and wider group of stakeholders.

SERVICES covered: design | commissioning | acoustics