Leading acoustic design specialist Munro Acoustics has played a vital role in the realisation of a £4 million expansion of creative media education provider SAE Institute’s London campus studio facility.
Located beside the Regent’s Canal in the city’s East End, the expanded facility occupies two floors and houses a total of 14 interconnected studios – five live rooms and nine control rooms – in a development that renders SAE Institute London the largest audio engineering educational campus in the UK.
During its work on the project, Munro Acoustics employed a variety of cutting edge construction techniques to achieve maximum isolation, including the use of internal triple glazing in the windows between studios to prevent sound leakage between live and control rooms.
Noted Luca Barassi, SAE Institute London college manager and project manager for the new studios: “The first thing we did was to build a test studio for noise assessment; it was a room within a room – you could say it was a £25,000 soundcheck. It passed with flying colours and is now the drum recording booth.”
Reflecting on the project, Munro Acoustics’ Andy Munro remarked: “This was the perfect project for us as we had a complete design and build brief from the start. Luca knew exactly what was needed and more to the point he and the SAE executive were prepared to invest in the future with facilities that can rival any commercial studio complex in London. All the building work was carried out by our sister company, Form & Funktion, under the supervision of Clive Glover and the whole MA team has been involved at one time or another. What I like most is that it really feels like a serious studio complex rather than an institutional building (and they always make me feel uneasy).”