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Cambridge Judge Business School – The Simon Sainsbury Centre

BREEAM Rating: Excellent
Value: £34m

The Simon Sainsbury Centre is a new extension to the existing Cambridge Judge Business School (CJBS) building and provides teaching facilities, offices and meeting rooms for staff and dining facilities.

The project scope was to provide full acoustic design support including:

  • advising on external building construction to control external noise intrusion and achieve the desired internal noise levels;
  • advising on internal building construction to achieve suitable airborne and impact sound insulation performance values;
  • recommending for acoustic treatment to meet reverberation time targets in relevant spaces; and
  • assessing building services noise and specifying noise control measures to achieve both the desired internal noise levels and external noise limits.

During the construction stage one of the main challenges was controlling noise from construction activities. This was particularly important as the construction site was very close to noise-sensitive rooms, such as the library. Noisy works trials were conducted (in coordination with the contractor and CJBS) which allowed the measurement of internal noise levels due to construction activities and, consequently, the design of the required construction noise control measures.

Project Team

Architecture: Stanton Williams
Contractor: SDC
Mechanical and Electrical Engineering: Arup
Acoustic Consultancy: Ismail Alli-Balogun (for Applied Acoustic Design)