St Edmundsbury Borough Council
Hopkins Architects Ltd.
Carr & Angier
Kirkegaard Associates (AV/Noise Control)
Morley von Sternberg
A thick bearing wall of handmade brick was planned for the enclosure of this 500-seat music and banquet space but the constricted site left little room for air and electrical shafts to serve the venue. The unlikely approach of creating voids in the walls for air and wiring yielded invisible routes for these services while narrowing the room acoustically (a very good thing), stiffening the structure, and improving isolation.
The neighbors appreciate that isolation when the garage bands come to play, while the lovely sound of the brick is gaining high praise from musicians all across the spectrum.