Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre

Client: University of Manchester

Main Contractor: Sir Robert McAlpine

Value: £530,558

Architect: Hassell Limited

Scope of Works

Sound Interiors Limited supplied and installed the following materials and systems at Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre;

  • British Gypsum Partitions
  • British Gypsum Wall Linings (IWL, Gypliner)
  • British Gypsum Finishing
  • Pattressing
  • Ecophon Suspended Ceiling
  • SAS Suspended Ceiling
  • CMS Danskin Acoustic Solutions
  • Ecophon Acoustic Solutions

The project involves the construction of the new Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Headquarters and associated hard landscaping and car parks.  The proposed construction is a steel frame building, with a mixture of composite cladding, curtainwall and windows.  The building connects onto the existing HQ1 building.  The total floor area is 2850m2.  Minor internal modifications will be undertaken in HQ1.

The Square Kilometre Array (SKA)

The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) is a multi-purpose radio telescope, covering the frequency range from 50 MHz to 20 GHz that will play a major role in answering key questions in modern astrophysics and cosmologists.  It will be one of a small number of cornerstone observatories across the electromagnetic spectrum that will provide astrophysicists and cosmologists with a transformational view of the Universe.


“Sound Interiors completed the ceiling and partition package on the SKA HQ project for us at Jodrell Bank, which involved working to an extremely high acoustic specification and the installation of a number of bespoke feature ceilings.

Sound Interiors came highly recommended and were excellent in their approach right through the process, from tender stage, through pre construction and construction right through to the timely completion of their works.  They were very much collaborative when it came to solving technical issues we encountered on site, and were generally one step ahead when it came to discussing said issues with suppliers and manufacturers.

From day one the primary focus was on quality and this was reflected in both the management staff and operatives deployed on the project, whom were of a consistently high standard throughout”.

Tom Roberts

Project Manager – Maggies Yorkshire

Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd

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