We were appointed by HMY Architects to provide acoustic design advice for an innovative mixed project, located in Leyton Green – part of the London borough of Waltham Forest. The Leyton Green Partnership is unusual in that its masterplan includes buildings for social care, therapy, education and residential. As part of the plan, an existing school would be partially demolished and also extended.
Phase one included a special Respite Care Centre with therapy facilities for young people with disabilities, autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) and challenging behaviour. In addition the existing Belmont School would have three extensions added to it – a gym, a vocational skills centre and a music & drama block. In the second phase, 22 townhouses were to be built.
Our brief was wide-ranging and included a site survey, the determination of appropriate noise levels and a review to ensure that the desired BREEAM requirements would be met or surpassed.
As part of this work we modelled noise output from the proposed building services systems to ensure that the strict noise limits imposed by planning conditions and BREEAM were successfully met.
By 2019 the Respite Care Centre was completed. An Ofsted Report was issued, complimenting the facilities. The inspectors commented in their report: “This short break service and the staff contribute to children’s enjoyment and to the whole family’s well-being”.
The project is still being developed, but for the Respite Centre, excellent acoustic design has created a calm environment. We look forward to further developments at Leyton Green.
Client: Leyton Green Partnership
Structural and Civil Engineering: Abstruct Consulting
Photo credits: HMY / Abstruct Consulting / AJA