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Milton Court Receives SSDA Commendation
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Milton Court is a new £89m facility built for the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Located near the Barbican, it occupies two basement levels and the first six floors of the development. It includes a world-class 609-seat concert hall, two theatres, rehearsal rooms, office space, a TV studio suite and bar, as well as an impressive roof garden.

The concert hall and studio theatre were designed to meet very high acoustic performance requirements utilising a box- in-box principle. Due to the small footprint of the site, a steel box-in-box system gave the benefit of acoustically isolating each internal part of the building from one another.

Acoustic isolation was achieved by adopting an internal steel frame encased in concrete with walls constructed out of dense block-work. The project was entered into the Structural Steel Design Awards which is organised by the BCSA and Tata Steel earlier in the year. The project was then awarded a commendation last month.

Judges comment – “A highly complex project on a dense urban site, with severe acoustic demands due to traffic noise and underground trains, and isolation between separate performance spaces. The solution is box-in-box construction, whereby each performance space is constructed of steelwork built within, and isolated from, the concrete substructure. Steelwork is key to this world-class music and drama facility”.

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