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School cuts noise with acoustic barriers

Last updated: Thursday, June 23, 2016 - Save & Share

An acoustic barrier from Jacksons Fencing has cut the impact on neighbouring properties of noise from sport and play at an historic Cambridge school.

The Leys School, established in 1875 and now home to 560 pupils, commissioned an acoustic survey of the sports facilities by Cass Allen Associates after complaints from neighbours when they opened their doors to selective use by external parties.

In response, architectural practice Cavaleri Partnership prepared a scheme to redevelop the internal road around the school grounds, regularise temporary parking arrangements and effect a number of other changes to enhance pupil safety and reduce noise nuisance from extended use of the facilities.

Jacksons was appointed to design, deliver and install over 227 metres of timber Jakoustic fencing with tuning-fork posts and black powder coated steel spurs at 3.0 metres high along with associated access gates.

The brief called for acoustic barriers to the all-weather pitch and roadway to create an acoustic enclave, and for the boundary fencing along the road to maintain its height over undulating ground and also to accommodate a mature tree which was directly on the fence line.

The installation delivers a 10dBA reduction in noise measured in the middle of the gardens backing on to the sports facilities.

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