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Damascus and Emmaus House

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Location: Salisbury

Client: Morgan Sindall

Architect: Quattro Design


Damascus House is a brand new state of the art facility in Salisbury, replacing an existing thirty five bed homeless hostel. The new building provides thirty bedrooms including an IT suite, day room, activity centre, gym and offices. The neighbouring Grade II Listed Emmaus House, formerly a charity care home, was protected during the demolition and has been sympathetically converted into eight move-on flats for residents, making the transition from supported accommodation to living independently.

Hodgson & Hodgson carried out an architectural acoustic assessment to facilitate in the acoustic design of internal spaces within the two buildings. The sound insulation performances of proposed separating walls and floors were assessed to achieve and exceed the requirements of Part E of the Building Regulations between residential spaces, the guidance criteria in BB’93 for educational / media areas, and guidance criteria in BS8233 for office spaces. Reverberation in educational areas and the full-height atrium was also assessed in accordance with BB’93 to maintain speech intelligibility in acoustically sensitive rooms. Pre-completion sound insulation testing of separating walls and floors was carried out to demonstrate compliance with the requirements of BREEAM : Multi-Residential. The centre achieved a ‘Very Good’ rating.

With seven locations in the UK, Hodgson & Hodgson offers a total design, manufacture and installation service for acoustic building and industrial products. The company’s Acoustic Consultants provide advice on all aspects of architectural acoustics plus noise and vibration control solutions.

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