McAleer & Rushe
The project comprised the development of a six-storey purpose-built student accommodation building, containing 102 residential flats, associated common areas and commercial units. Initially, we undertook a noise survey to confirm the findings of a noise planning assessment undertaken by another acoustic sub-contractor. As the project is located on a busy road in the centre of Edinburgh, the goal of the testing was to find out the impact of noise across the site.
We were able to help the project achieve maximum credits for BREAAM (HEA05 and POL05). The planning requirements of the local authority were also met.
The main noise source that had to be considered during the build process was road traffic noise due to the central location of the student building.
There was also a requirement for sound to be controlled at the nearest noise sensitive receivers; in this case, a local church at risk of being affected by mechanical plant noise on the exterior of the building.
Acoustic features of this project
We resolved the challenges this project presented in a number of ways;