External, ambient noise can be a major headache for schools, causing distraction, disruption and, at worst, impacting negatively on the academic performance of students.
ROCKWOOL® stone wool insulation has helped the National Autistic Society Anderson School and Enterprise Campus, a major new-build, autism-specific facility in Chigwell, Essex, address the issue of sound reduction to create a calm, productive, and quiet learning environment for all students.
Part of the National Autistic Society’s 13 acre Enterprise Campus, the Anderson School is a brand new facility for autistic students, aged 11-19, where the skills for life and employment are at the heart of the curriculum.
Mark Lever, Chief Executive at The National Autistic Society, said; “Our ambition is to transform the lives of autistic young people and our aim for this campus is that every child that leaves school will go into meaningful paid employment or other activity."
“As a result, the wellbeing of autistic children and young people is at the heart of the National Autistic Society’s Anderson School and Enterprise Campus. From small class sizes to purpose-built calm rooms, and therapy rooms, we’ll make adjustments to each student’s environment to help them reach their full potential.”
Project designers and specifiers, RMA Architects, recognised the role that effective sound insulation
could play in helping to meet this objective for the school. The school’s contemporary, low level design features extensive areas of flat roofing which could prove susceptible to noise ingress from heavy rainfall. At the same time, they required a thermal solution that would match the project’s low energy credentials and a waterproofing system that would safeguard the building from defect for many years to come.
“Many children and young people on the autism spectrum really struggle in mainstream school,
NAS Anderson School