February 2020 saw the latest of many Premier Inn’s completed with the acoustic services of Sharps Redmore from start to finish in Royal Tunbridge Wells. They say every project can teach you something and what at first sight seemed just another hotel brought its own acousticchallenges and learning.
The former county court building was stripped back to its shell and extended. The old floors were exceptionally thin but the sound insulation was designed to comply. Large bay windows were required to be retained as sashes, so deep set secondary glazing was utilised. However the main challenge related to almost all the external air conditioning plant being so close to bedroom windows you could touch them. To meet the tight internal specification, Sharps Redmore worked alongside Noico, noise control suppliers, to create an acoustic enclosure and window design with no margin to spare.