The ‘pods’ concept represents the perfect solution for schools wishing to refurbish or build new premises. It can be tailored completely to their requirements and offers a truly competitive build cost and shorter installation time.
The E-ACT Leeds East Academy accommodation is set to provide a benchmark for future school building programmes. As well as providing high quality teaching areas, it will include leading edge information and communication technology, and provide opportunities for the local community to use its leisure and other facilities. Personal learning spaces will be complemented by arts, drama and music studios; the establishment will feature high quality catering and sports facilities and lots of open spaces which will all contribute to a hugely positive learning experience for the academy’s pupils.
Norwood worked with Arup and Maber Architects for over 12 months developing the design concept requested by the contractor. The Pods were required to be fully modular allowing growth and reduction of the classroom during its life. The challenges set also included acoustic baffling within the wall panels reducing noise transference from inside and outside the Pod. Norwood with Arup's acousticians designed a wall panel with perforations spaced at agreed positions with a high density acoustic foam bonded within the panel to reduce noise bounce and increase the overall acoustics within the room.
The pods are also naturally ventilated and the challenge was to allow natural air through the walls and ceilings whilst maintaining the acoustic qualities of the room. Norwood developed a baffled ventilation system in conjunction with the Design Team, which maintained natural ventilation whilst stopping external noise travelling into the teaching space.
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