Airport terminals were once characterised by a cacophony of sound from gate announcements and plane noise to the myriad of conversations and footfall of the thousands of passengers that pass through each and every day. Achieving optimum levels of noise control in such a complex acoustic environment is a balancing act between ensuring the intelligibility of public address systems and controlling the noise of passengers whilst at the same time creating a constant level of sound that masks activities from cafes and retail outlets. What options do airport design teams have when it comes to controlling sound and ensuring the passenger experience is stress-free and greatly improved? Stuart Colam, Acoustics Advisor of SAS International, investigates.

Work has started on the multifunctional building destined to be the first element of the masterplan designed by Studio Stefano Boeri Architetti.

Marina One in Singapore is to date the largest project by Ingenhoven Architects. The project was officially opened on 15th January 2018 by the Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Hsien Loong, and the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak.

One of the world’s biggest and boldest sustainable tourism projects has officially opened. Bioregional’s One Planet Living framework has played a leading role in enabling Villages Nature Paris to achieve its high ambitions for being in harmony with nature and the planet.

The story of ENIGMA started with renowned Catalan Chef Albert Adrià’s vision to create a ‘frozen and enigmatic’ restaurant project that was to reflect his cuisine as well as his career. His vision took shape when 2017 Pritzker Prize winner, RCR Arquitectes, drew its design idea in watercolours and decided to bring it to life with the help of Neolith by TheSize, manufacturer and designer of sintered stone.

Daniel Libeskind has opened the doors to one of his finest projects – Zlota 44, Europe’s tallest residential tower. FC&A explores further.

BuroHappold Engineering has won three prestigious accolades at the Cambridge Design and Construction Awards. All three were presented for the outstanding refurbishment of a 1960s Brutalist icon, now named the ‘David Attenborough Building’; the ‘Engineering and Sustainability Project of the Year’, the ‘Best Conservation, Alteration or Extension’ and the ‘Considerate Contractors’ awards.

The team behind a pioneering summer programme in Austria which brings together the latest thinking in sustainable construction will be on hand at Ecobuild to discuss the course.

Gatic’s CastSlot and PaveSlot slotdrain channels were the products of choice for a new business park in Andover. Working with consultants TR Collier and Winvic Construction, the £11.6m project was completed earlier this year.

Portakabin, the UK’s leading supplier of modular buildings, has produced a short film about how a highly complex, 4,200sqm ward and theatre building was constructed at Royal Stoke University Hospital in less than four months to help meet the increasing demand for orthopaedic services.

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