tmd was appointed as lead consultant for the installation of three radio frequencyshielded, acoustically attenuated booths and associated administration space for investigating cognitive development in infants and toddlers at the Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford.

tmd initially undertook a feasibility study to assess the client’s requirements. The study confirmed the cost, programme and scope for the project. The project was then funded and implemented.

tmd was tasked with overcoming a number of challenges in relation to interpreting the technical nature of the employer’s brief, including the complex requirement of minimizing low frequency interference within the booths and achieving significant sound reduction. The design was also constrained by the inflexible 1960s structure of the building – particularly the co-ordination of above ceiling services – all whilst maintaining a child friendly and ‘homely’ environment suitable for young children.

The project was executed as a two stage design and build contract, and the design role was undertaken by tmd.

The project was completed on budget and to the satisfaction of the end users, who regard the new centre as one of the leading cognitive development laboratories in the world.