The importance of classroom acoustics has been underlined after three schools treated with Saint-Gobain Ecophon’s acoustic ceilings were recognised at the BCSE Best of British Schools Awards (Thursday 21 June)
Architects Walters and Cohen triumphed in the New Build Primary School category being crowned winners for both Hylands Primary School in Romford and Elm Park Primary School in Hornchurch, while also securing a win in the Large Projects category for Colston Girls School in Bristol.
The awards, in their fifth year, focus on excellence in design for teaching and learning, in which acoustics play a huge part. Their aim is to celebrate pride in British schools, highlight what works and promote excellence in the thinking and design of education facilities in all schools.
Michál Cohen from Walters and Cohen is staunch in her support of ensuring schools are fit for purpose when it comes to the right acoustic environment: “We’re absolutely delighted to have won, it’s a dream come true. In my view, acoustics are a fundamental part of the design process as we are looking to push the boundaries of innovation when it comes to school design. We want to make spaces work really hard and with a number of different uses in each, the only way this can work is if the acoustics are right throughout.”
Shane Cryer, concept developer for education at Ecophon, said: “We are thrilled for Walters and Cohen and to have been part of the team that worked on the acoustic design of all three schools. It’s clear that Walters and Cohen are passionate about ensuring the school acoustic environment is considered from the outset.
“The fact that these three schools have been acknowledged as part of an awards programme that focuses on excellence in educational design is a strong illustration of the importance that should be placed on acoustics, to ensure we are creating the most learning-conducive environments possible.”