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Better acoustics for schools around Victoria

Updated: Nov 22, 2021

How we’re helping architects design for acoustic amenity in teaching spaces

Schools can be noisy places. Playground and classroom chatter, music rooms, assembly… when it comes to schools, architects can have their work cut out for them.

In Victoria, a key consideration for architects working on school building and redesign projects is compliance with the Department of Education and Training’s Building Quality Standards Handbook (BQSH). The BQSH sets out requirements for acoustic amenity appropriate for effective teaching, including control of reverberation and internal noise levels, and noise transfer between learning spaces.

Photo: © State of Victoria (Department of Education and Training) 2016

Renzo Tonin & Associates has recently concluded work on Victorian PPP 13 new schools project, constructed by Watpac Limited and designed by Clarke Hopkins Clarke Architects, and is working closely with architects on numerous ongoing school upgrade and development projects. In the last two years, Renzo Tonin & Associates has conducted BQSH acoustic assessments of more than 35 schools.

Nick Peters, Victorian state manager of Renzo Tonin & Associates, has been overseeing these projects.

“It’s been a great opportunity for us to draw on our deep background knowledge to support the architect’s development of schools and training facilities, large and small.”

Nick’s team has focused on providing an efficient, optimised scope, addressing the specific needs of each project and architect on a case by case basis.

If you have an enquiry for a schools upgrade project, or to find out more, please contact us.

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