<span>The</span><span>Britannia</span><span>Project</span>

The Britannia Project

The Britannia Project

The London Borough of Hackney’s Britannia masterplan aims to deliver vital new amenities for a well established community, comprising a state-of-the-art leisure centre, a secondary school and hundreds of new homes. Working with architects FaulknerBrowns on the leisure centre, and Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios on the school and residential units, Max Fordham was appointed to deliver the full acoustics design for all aspects of the masterplan, including input on the Environmental Statement, as part of the Environmental Impact Assessment.

The award-winning new Britannia Leisure Centre far outclasses the facilities of the old leisure centre it replaces. Across four floors, the building has three swimming pools, four squash courts, a six-court sports hall, activity studios, fitness suite and four outdoor sports pitches, as well as creche and cafe facilities. Our acoustic designs make it possible for instructors to be heard during swimming lessons, minimise the noise impact of evening games on the rooftop pitch on the surrounding residences, and diffuse reverberation in the sports hall. The new Leisure Centre won an Architect’s Journal AJ100 Community Impact of the Year award in 2022.

The new school building provides a permanent home for the City of London Academy Shoreditch Park with over 1100 students aged 11-18. Many classrooms are fitted with acoustically attenuated vents providing assisted natural ventilation with excellent acoustic conditions throughout the year, and the large sports hall is supplemented by a rooftop MUGA pitch. A high level of acoustic insulation has been included in the design, with the large central atria spaces controlled effectively by strategic use of acoustic absorption.

The Britannia site will also generate 480 new homes, with a healthy proportion of genuinely affordable social rent and shared ownership flats. The scheme includes six separate blocks of flats, all integrated with the new City of London Academy Shoreditch Park playground. An early-years nursery facility and several commercial properties are being provided on the lower floors of the buildings. Some of the buildings lie over the planned routes of Crossrail 2 tunnels, and Max Fordham has provided ground borne noise mitigation design to minimise the impact of this on the residents above.

Architect

Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, Faulkner Browns Architects

Value

Undisclosed

Completion

2022

Client

Hackney Council

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Environmental noise modelling informed our acoustics input for the Environmental Statement, as part of the Environmental Impact Assessment for the masterplan.
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The potential noise from the 4 rooftop sports pitches was modelled at the design stage, so that the impact on neighbouring residences from evening games could be minimised.
(c) Diane Auckland / Fotohaus Ltd Info
Acoustically absorbent baffles treat the pool spaces, limiting noise levels during busy periods and making it easier to be heard during lessons.
(c) Diane Auckland / Fotohaus Ltd Info
Reverberation in the 6 Court Sports Hall is controlled by wall panels, so that the structure of the soffit can remain exposed. Computer modelling was used to determine the diffusing effect of the structure.
(c) Diane Auckland / Fotohaus Ltd Info
Acoustic absorption in the the Fitness Suite building structure, to limit noise from one area of the space to another while also allowing daylight to fill the rooms.

Image: © Diane Auckland / Fotohaus Ltd

Architect

Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, Faulkner Browns Architects

Value

Undisclosed

Completion

2022

Client

Hackney Council

2023 RIBA London Award

2023 RIBA London Award

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