Friston Building Refurbishment at University of Sussex

 Bad acoustics often have a detrimental effect on the built environment, creating areas where voice and audio communication is disrupted. As a designer and supplier of flooring systems, Quadrant Carpets has the expertise to provide solutions that reduce reverberation and impact noise transmission.



Recently, Quadrant Carpets won the contract to supply 2500m2 of carpet for the refurbishment of the Friston Building at the University of Sussex, Brighton.  As part of the redevelopment of the campus site, this two-story modular building was refurbished to provide offices and study rooms for various University departments. Previously the building’s acoustic condition had been rated as poor, in particular with regards to reverberation and noise transfer between floors and wall partitions.

MacConvilles, the project’s building surveyors, and Currie & Brown, the project managers, sought Quadrant’s involvement to develop a solution that would overcome the acoustic issues and create a workplace and study environment suitable for an educational setting. 

Continual or excessive noise in the work place, is now recognised as a contributing factor to reductions in productivity and in extreme situations can cause physical and mental heath issues to users.  Therefore, upgrading the Friston Building to acceptable acoustic standards was a key project requirement.  After site visits and consultations with the contractors and users to fully understand the situation and use of the building, Quadrant proposed a multi-layer flooring approach.  Utilising a specialist acoustic underlay – InstaLay 30 - together with Quadrant’s Resolute carpet tiles, which complement the textual and colour concept for the building, the outcome was a 30dB weighted reduction of impact sound levels measured in accordance with BS EN ISO 140-8:1998.

In the Friston Building project, the result of the Quadrant flooring solution, together with other sound proofing, have resulted in a significant improvement in the acoustics of the building making it a more productive learning and working environment.

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