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New Vet School, University of Edinburgh, Roslin

New Vet SchoolThe Dick Vet School is relocating from its current building in the city centre to a new facility at Easter Bush.

New Acoustics have been involved from early on the project providing advice on how to achieve current educational acoustic standards in what is at times a fairly unusually space. The hub of the building will be the large central atrium which surrounds the “lecture theatre pod”, off which are a group of high-spec multi-purpose tutorial and seminar rooms, the canteen, library, a number of very large teaching labs and the flexible “study landscape”.

Students will be able to use the study landscape to work in groups on projects or research studies involving large specimens, this involves having multiple groups of students working alongside each other in the same space and has required the design to accommodate the flexibility required for the space to function whilst containing noise levels and allowing discussion between groups.

In the large labs used for teaching, dissection and post-mortem examinations the acoustic requirements directly conflict with the high-frequency cleaning and the need for very robust surfaces. Careful design of the absorption within the spaces has been required to ensure reverberation times are controlled, allowing the dispersed video and sound systems employed by the teaching staff to communicate with students to function.

The build is currently on site and is scheduled for completion in 2011.

Architect: BDG McColl
Contractor: Balfour Beatty

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