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Goldsmiths Music Studios in London
Research, Performance and Recording Facilities, UK – design by Fraser Brown Mackenna Architects
22 Mar 2014
Goldsmiths Music Studios
Design: Fraser Brown Mackenna Architects
Location: 286 New Cross Road, Lewisham Way, New Cross, London SE14 6NW
Phone: 020 7919 7171
Goldsmiths Music Studios
A new state-of-the-art music studio designed by Fraser Brown Mackenna Architects for Goldsmiths, University of London has been completed, with the opening officially launched by Radiohead’s producer Nigel Godrich.
The Goldsmiths Music Studios, located on New Cross Road in South-East London, have been designed to be a creative space for research, performance and recording where musicians (both Goldsmiths students and members of the public) can make professional-level recordings using state-of-the-art equipment.
Fraser Brown Mackenna refurbished the existing music department’s rehearsal building and added a cedar clad -extension to the rear of the site to provide three studios, an office, a control room and ancillary facilities. The existing domestic scaled Victorian building suffered significant damage during the Second World War; and though repaired, its complex structure offered poor thermal and acoustic insulation. To meet the high performance acoustic specifications, a complete strip-out and re-build of the internal floor and walls was essential, requiring careful and complex detailing in continuous consultation with structural and acoustic engineers to ensure a sound tight junction between the old and new structures.
FBM developed innovative timber-clad acoustic panels to line the internal studio walls. The adjustable ‘dual-mode panels’ offer variable acoustic responses to suit the reverberation requirements for recording different types of music, enhancing the acoustic flexibility of the space and presenting the studios with a unique selling point.
Mikko Gordon, Head of the Goldsmiths Music Studios, commented: “The Goldsmiths Music Studios have been created to provide a creative and inspiring environment for musicians, and we’re delighted with the results. It’s fantastic that our students get to use this industry-standard complex as well as professional producers, engineers, artists and record labels across the industry.”
Goldsmiths Music Studios in London – Building Information
Architects: Fraser Brown MacKenna Architects
Location: 286 New Cross Rd, London SE14
Type of Project: Recording studio and rehearsal space
Project Architect: Urszula Halabuz
Design Team: Fraser Brown Mackenna Architects: Simon Fraser, Henry Simon, Urszula Halabuz, Oliver Beardon.
Client: Goldsmiths, University of London
Start on site date: April 2013
Contract duration: 20 week, Contract Completion planned for 20th September 2013 – delay on site, time extension approx. 3 weeks, PC 14th October 2013
Gross internal floor area: 182.9m²
Form of contract and/or procurement: JCT Intermediate Building Contract with Contractor’s Design 2011 Edition
Total cost: £519 000
Quantity Surveyor & Planning Supervisor: Mortimer Isaacs LLP
Main Contractor: Russell Cawberry
Photographer: Oliver Beardon
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