InstaCoustic project shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize

Among the projects shortlisted for this year’s prestigious RIBA Stirling Prize was Trafalgar Place, the first phase of Lendlease’s £1.5bn regeneration of London’s Elephant and Castle, in which InstaCoustic was proud to have been involved.

Awarded in early October, the prize is presented to “the architects of the building that has made the greatest contribution to the evolution of architecture in the past year.” Although it was not the winner, Trafalgar Place was considered an outstanding scheme of 235 high quality homes, including 25% affordable housing, which is a desirable place to live, with attractive landscaping and valuable public spaces.

InstaCoustic’s supply and fix teams installed its adjustable C40 cradle and batten raised acoustic flooring, together with the underfloor heating, in all 235 apartments, with CK30 in the bathrooms and kitchens. The C40 generally had an 80mm build up, but on the ground floors it was increased to 270mm to allow for additional thermal insulation.

The fact that our cradles are made from environmentally friendly recycled rubber crumb, which on this project saved 1,522 lorry tyres from going to landfill, and also have a 60 year guarantee were both important considerations for the design team. InstaCoustic’s ability to meet tight contract schedules, coupled with our innovative input to site requirements, was a key factor in our being awarded the contract, and we were applauded for our performance, principles and our overall approach to Health and Safety, which underpins our whole operational ethos.