Ice Arena Wales, Cardiff
Ice Arena Wales - (Photo Credit: Scott Brownrigg)
A new Extra Care Centre consisting of 39 two bedroom and 8 one bedroom apartments with communal spaces, Mi-Space approached MACH to consult on the 3 storey care home with a view to full ADE compliance, despite tight budgets.
MACH Acoustics are regularly approached to carry out detailed internal sound insulation design on residential projects with a view to value engineering, and this care home is no different. Standard acoustic detailing, particularly Robust Details, frequently goes beyond what is required by regulations. MACH Acoustics’ deep knowledge and long experience guarantees risk-free, compliant, cost-saving designs without adversely affecting acoustical quality or architectural intent.
|Completion Date:||March 2016|
- Value engineering including laboratory testing of the roof and façade design, with respect of noise pollution from high noise levels inside.
- Detailed design of all M&E elements that ventilated the ice rinks.
- Reverberation time modelling and PA design services in the two ice rinks / arenas.
Our work ultimately lead to an approximate saving on the tendered façade design of £400,000.
In addition to the façade, detailed modelling and calculation was required for all of the ventilation, cooling and chilling units required to keep the internal atmosphere cool and the ice pad frozen. These units were particularly noisy and close collaboration with the M&E Engineer and supplier was required, this allowed us to infact select plant equipment that met the criteria instead of using costly mitigation and screening methods.
Extensive modelling was also required to assess the reverberation time within the ice rink, using 3D acoustic modelling software to assess a range of different events and PA systems. See our blog post on this subject.