Friends House, the headquarters for Quakers in Britain is now open following a £4.5 million refurbishment.
Together with architect John McAslan+Partners and Anne Minors Performance Consultants, Sound Space Design developed a refurbishment scheme for the Large Meeting House that better suits the needs of Quaker worship, conference and performance use while also improving accessibility and sustainability. A concept was developed which works closely with the existing architecture to integrate new and old in this Grade II listed building providing flexibility for a variety of uses from theatre, lecture, banqueting and cabaret through to an exhibition setting.
The acoustical design achieves good speech intelligibility within a difficult room geometry so one can clearly hear and be heard by everyone in the room. Sound isolation designed to mitigate traffice noise intrusion from Euston Road and rain noise on the feature rooflight were key aspects in the acoustical design.
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