Sunderland College’s new £29m campus in the heart of Sunderland City Centre has recently opened. BAM Construction completed the construction “on time, on budget and on the eve of the new academic year”. SRL Technical Services has successfully provided acoustic consultancy services on this building which provides education in construction, advanced manufacturing, engineering, automotive trades, travel and tourism, hair and beauty, and catering and hospitality courses. One of the many acoustic challenges that we helped to resolve on this project was the close proximity of noise sensitive areas (such as the beauty treatment areas which sold their services to the general public) to the areas that produce very high levels of noise and vibration (such as the engineering areas). We got involved with the project early enough so that we were able to influence the room layouts and advise the most favourable adjacencies. This made requirements for acoustic separation between these areas less onerous, which helped reduce construction costs for our client.