“This is your captain speaking” – can you hear me?

Located at the end of the Stansted Airport runway is a new College which opened in September 2018. A link was developed with Manchester Airport Group over a period of 5 years to secure the acre of land and get their buy-in for the proposed college. Money was raised through a joint venture to build the college; two £3.5million grants from the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) Local Growth Fund and Essex County Council, as well as a £300,000 grant by Uttlesford District Council and £50,000 support from the Savoy Trust.

Stansted Airport College is the first on-site education facility of its kind at any major UK airport, designed by Pascall+Watson and constructed by Willmott Dixon. Courses are available for students, who are pursuing a career in the aviation and related industries. Acoustic consultant Cole Jarman Associates was employed to make recommendations, to create a quiet and amenable learning environment.

Selectaglaze was approached to provide a resolution with secondary glazing. It is the most effective method of acoustic insulation for windows in extremely noisy areas. Acoustic tests have shown that Selectaglaze secondary glazing can provide a 45dB reduction if set 200mm from a single glazed primary window with 6mm glass. Based on this, if used in combination with high-performance primary windows, then the dB rating requirements would be met.

Selectaglaze installed 32 units with their Series 10 – 2 and 3 pane horizontal sliders and a Series 41 casement door. All were installed with a cavity of 200mm and tightly sealed.

Not only have the staff and students already seen the massive acoustic benefit of the secondary glazing, but they should also gain from thermal insulation it provides and the added security. The roar of the overhead planes has been silenced, creating a quiet and conducive space for concentration required for teaching and studying.

Established in 1966 and Royal Warrant Holder since 2004, Selectaglaze has a wealth of experience working on many building types, from new build to Grade I Listed buildings. A free technical advisory service is offered and RIBA approved CPDs are available to architects and designers.

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