With our wide experience of such projects within many educational establishments, we were delighted earlier this year when Floorscan was invited to be a key participant in the project to massively extend the facilities at Oldham Sixth Form College, and to deliver part of the refurbishment work that was being undertaken. We were delighted to work alongside acclaimed management and property consultants, AA Projects; and BE Boys, the family-managed construction and property developers, based in the Rossendale Valley.

Specifying the College Music Studio

As the specialist acoustic contractor to this major project, we were heavily involved in the designing and building of a superb new music studio. We worked firstly with AA Projects on the delivery of an initial specification, and then with BE Boys to construct the actual studio. All of the work was to be completed before the start of the new term in September 2014.

The initial work involved the stripping out of the existing area which was then to be completely refurbished and developed to create a stunning new music classroom and teaching area. Our Floorscan Acoustic experts carefully assessed a range of options before specifying both a high performance separating wall, using top-grade timber, and then a new wall lining system to be added to the existing structure of the building.

Attention to detail is always paramount when creating high-quality acoustic environments. Our experienced and meticulous installations team paid particular attention to the junction details, to the existing concrete ceiling, and to the crucial aspect of effective ventilation.

Soundproofing Installation

Between the twin features of the live and the recording rooms, a bespoke acoustic observation window was then added. Access was to be provided and managed through a series of high performance acoustic doors, specifically created for this unique Oldham Sixth Form College environment. The top and bottom of our work completed our part of the project. The former was delivered through the creation of an independent acoustic ceiling for the recording room. This also included an acoustic access hatch. For the flooring, our Floorscan team installed dB Matting 15 before the final floor finish was added. All the walls we had just fitted were then expertly plastered to complete this stunning and already highly-regarded, thoroughly fit-for-purpose music studio facility.

It’s always satisfying for our dedicated team here at Floorscan when such positive teamwork, married to individual skills and amazing attention to detail, results in such a successful and warmly welcomed new facility. The pupils at Oldham Sixth Form College can now sound their very best and, who knows, some may soon emerge to be the providers of the next unique sound to come out of this great music classroom that is the North West!

If your school or business has similar acoustic needs, call Floorscan Acoustics on 0151 933 0939. We deal with everything from soundproofing to music studio design, and our services are available all over the UK.

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