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Goldsmiths Music Studios in London

Research, Performance and Recording Facilities design by Fraser Brown Mackenna Architects, UK

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 in New Cross

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.

Goldsmiths Music Studios 1

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.

Goldsmiths Music Studios 2

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

Goldsmiths Music Studios 3

Fraser Brown MacKenna Architects

Location: 286 New Cross Road, London SE14, UK

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