Cahill Design Consultants (CDC) was commissioned by Madlins Construction & Property, to provide fire safety and fire engineering advice in addition to noise assessments and design review advice to support the Crosfields school development, located in Reading.

The project site comprises of a two-storey school, providing education and sporting facilities, in addition to admin office, kitchen, dining and external recreational areas and an external car park. Crossfield’s school’s main structure is comprised of cross laminated timber (CLT), with selected parts being exposed as part of the design.

CDC provided support to the design and construction of the building with the aim to meet the fire safety requirements whilst ensuring the building design was with the client’s requirements. The fire safety strategy was developed in accordance with the current building regulation requirements (Building Regulations 2010). Working closely with Osbourne Limited, CDC was able to assess the escape routes, fire suppression systems, fire detection and warning systems.

Cahill Design Consultants provide an acoustic report outlining key acoustic design issues at Stage 4, which included indoor ambient noise control, internal airborne and impact sound insulation, reverberation control, building services noise control and the design of open-plan spaces.

The recommendations outlined by CDC ensured that the development was able to achieve the requirements of Approved Document E of the Building Regulations and BB93. CDC ensured the design of the building was able to comply with all required Building Regulations and supported by Building Control approvers.