Yesodey Hatorah Girls School in Stamford Hill, North London, previously independent, has recently embarked on a modernisation programme with a new school building being completed. Acoustics were high on the agenda to provide the best teaching environment and a range of Ecophon products was chosen for value, performance and aesthetics, to fit the budget and design aspirations for the project whilst also conforming to BB93 regulations.

A small Orthodox Jewish school in London, the London Yesodey Hatorah establishment has consistently produced excellent results and achieved a high placing in recent OFSTED league table. Architect Richard Fellowes, of practice RHWL, wanted to ensure that the environment created at the school was fully conducive to good teaching and that it added something to the very high standards at the school.

With BB93 now a reality for anyone building for education, architects are faced with having to achieve noise and reverberation levels sufficiently low to meet the regulations. “Using Ecophon’s tiles and wall panels, we were able to meet the requirements without pressure on design or aesthetic qualities,” says Richard, “With the acoustic consultants, Faber Maunsell, we were able to apply acoustic control techniques and the whole job went very smoothly”. This was despite having to adapt to and meet the new Part E4 regulations after the start of the project.

A number of considerations faced Richard Fellows when specifying materials for the project. Value was an important factor but the attractive, functional interior design had to be complemented by the ceilings and access for services was also required. With acoustic ceilings being fitted to ground floor classrooms, corridors and circulation areas in the teaching wings, it was clear that a choice of high quality products was essential.

“Architects have been known to bemoan what they see as additional pressures put upon them by legislation and regulations pertaining to acoustics, particularly when they see their designs being compromised by the use of acoustic panelling. “However, Ecophon’s wide range not only caters for acoustic control in different situations, it can also contribute to the aesthetic qualities of a building. In meeting the standards, we have maintained our own high standards by choosing from Ecophon’s extensive range,” concludes Mr Fellowes.

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