The Hearing for Life Centre
Bradford Royal Infirmary
The unique Cochlear Implant Facility for the Ear Trust Charity at Bradford Royal Infirmary is a £2M charity funded facility that required specialist environmental conditions for the acoustic test booths and consultation rooms.
The Design and Build project incorporated open plan offices for 27 admin staff, five acoustic booths, a library and a dedicated conference area with video interfacing facilities to allow for national and international conventions. The protruding feature stair case incorporated tinted glass to reduce solar gain, this was also used at reception in combination with solar shading for thermal control.
The primary purposes of the building is testing people’s impaired hearing. Working with specialist acoustic consultants and the client team we achieved the specific environmental requirements of the acoustically isolated areas. Internal acoustic wall lining, flooring, ceiling and skirting were incorporated to achieve the acoustic performance, reducing reverberation time to specified levels.
Working with the landscape architect the focus of the landscape design was to be sensitive and sustainable with local species and local materials that complement and enhance the surrounding landscape. All of these attributes created an iconic building to help the charity promote fund raising and reflected the aspirations of the Client.
Project Undertaken by Bridger & Carr whilst at previous practice.
The Ear Trust