Philharmonic Court

Regupol Insulates Liverpool's £1 Billion Industry

With a host of universities, colleges and institutes of higher education, Liverpool is a city that values its students. Not least because students are extremely valuable to Liverpool.

There are approximately 50,000 students in Liverpool. Of those current 50,000 students, 34,000 require accommodation. There are 20,324 purpose-built student homes in the city and 2,650 residences currently being built, with planning permission for a further 2,483.

The estimated value of Liverpool’s student population to the local economy is more than £1 billion. That’s greater than the combined revenues generated by both football and The Beatles. What’s more, student numbers have been increasing year-on-year.

Quality student accommodation is vital to this burgeoning market.

Philharmonic Court, located on Catherine Street behind the historic Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, is a £25 million development of two linked structures offering accommodation for 354 University of Liverpool students. The new building, by Worthington Properties, replaces five outdated student blocks.

Acoustics are a crucial factor in student residences, given the need to accommodate both youthful exuberance and the demands of serious academic study. As with all residential structures, the requirements of Part E (Resistance to Sound) of the Building Regulations must be adhered to.

Offering impact sound resistance between 18dB and 34dB (depending on the final floor finish), and able to not only meet but exceed the demands of Part E, CMS Danskin’s Regupol 4515 Eco was specified. More than 11,000m2 of the resilient layer material was installed throughout the four and five storey buildings.

At just 3mm thickness, Regupol 4515 Eco resilient layer punches above its weight, not only delivering exceptional sound resistance but also offering long-term performance with a density of approximately 470kg/m3 and a tensile strength of approximately 0.12N/mm2 in accordance with DIN Standards. This offers outstanding resistance to deformation, even under high point loads.

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