Lead Research Organisation: University College London
Department Name: Civil Environmental and Geomatic Eng


SuperPAMELA (PEARL) includes a range of facilities within the facility:

1. A configurable platform, divisible into multiple spaces so that there is sufficient capacity to meet the requirements of the UKCRIC Collaboratorium (e.g. the 25% provision + more as required). The platform consists of modules, each of which will provide a range of interchangeable surface types (including concrete, wood, asphalt, resin, experimental materials, various paving formats), which can be raised, lowered or tilted in any direction.
2. An acoustic system, consisting of four isolatable ambisonic systems to create 3D ambient sound in each laboratory space, and locational speakers to provide physical sound sources at identifiable locations in the facility. The sound systems will be mixable, with a frequency range of 30-20,000Hz and be able to replicate sounds such as low-flying aircraft, trains, street scenes.
3. A configurable lighting system, which will provide full colour range (RGBAWW), programmable to provide colour temperatures according to prescribed light spectra and illuminance/luminance from 0 to >1,500lux measured at the floor surface. This system will also be configurable in terms of individual lamp units, linked together as required.
4. An olfaction system, which will allow the introduction of odour into the laboratory spaces under controlled conditions.
5. The separation between the laboratory spaces will be made using acoustically isolating units which can be varied for their acoustic properties. Thus the sound levels within each laboratory space will be able to reproduce quasi anechoic conditions up to a large reverberation (e.g. several seconds).
6. The facility will also construct, as required, elements of infrastructure, so that experiments can be conducted on a wide variety of infrastructure.
7. A pop-up seating arrangement to enable better dissemination of results, being able to demonstrate examples to over 500 people.

Each of these items will have to be designed from scratch, with the conditions of the building taken into account, and thus the figures contained in this proposal are budgets, not quotations. A full tendering process will be conducted to obtain the best value for money from designers/suppliers. Specifications are based on experience in the existing PAMELA facility.

Planned Impact

We know, from our experience with PAMELA (it was one of the UCL Impact Case Studies in the 2014 REF), that there is huge interest from industry in this facility. We have delivered research which has changed the design of trains and stations, affected operations of aircraft handling, bus design, infrastructure design. This will be increased in the new facility, in volume and range, as the larger space availability will allow greater ad more realistic scenarios to be tested.


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Adhitya S (2017) Musical Cities

Description Grant
Amount £131,150 (GBP)
Organisation Action Medical Research 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2012 
End 12/2014
Description PEARL in the community 
Organisation London Borough of Barking and Dagenham Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution We provide the expertise on accessibility and scientific measurement of capabilities for urban design
Collaborator Contribution They provide contacts and involvement in a steering group, site for demonstrations and further research
Impact This is still underway. At the moment this has moved into site identification for a future engagement activity, relationship-building with New York City, Greater Manchester and others
Start Year 2017
Description Renewable energy and transport design in Xi'an 
Organisation Xi'an University of Architecture and Technology
Country China 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We provide the modelling for estimation of impacts of modal shift
Collaborator Contribution They provide the renewable energy data related to domestic and industrial buildings
Impact None yet
Start Year 2017
Description Barking Riverside Healthy New Town 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A series of public engagement events to show how walking could be made easier for older people and others by changing the footway surfaces
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
Description Talk in Chile 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Distinguished inaugural lecture for the new MSC in city planning in the School of Architecture and Urbanism, Ponitificia Universidad Catolica Chile
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017