Building Performance Centre

‚ÄčLed by Richard Mackenzie, the Building Performance Centre is one of the leading UK centres for applied research, knowledge transfer and consultancy for the built environment.

The Building Performance Centre has national and international recognised experts who cover a wide range of disciplines. 

Key functions of the Centre include:

  • construction product research and development
  • development of technical standards, robust details and building regulations
  • building diagnosis and material performance
  • sustainable construction

The Building Performance Centre are the UK's leading research team in field of building acoustics and noise-related issues.

We have been the developers in new standards, such as Section 5:Noise (Scotland) and innovative regulatory compliance procedures such as Robust Details. We have undertaken work and provided advice for a range of government bodies.

Our research work, CPD and knowledge transfer with industry covers both large multinational organisations and small SME companies. In addition we are often asked to undertake research and provide advice on behalf of industry organisations.

The Building Performance Centre, in conjunction with Edinburgh Napier University's other research and consulting centres, can provide a comprehensive consulting package in a wide range of building and environmental disciplines. Please contact Director Richard Mackenzie to discuss your project requirements.

Richard Mackenzie, BSc, FIOA, MInstSCE

Head of Centre

Educated in Building Engineering at Edinburgh Napier University and Applied Acoustics at Sheffield-Hallam University, Richard joined RMP in 1993. Richard has extensive experience in major building acoustics projects. These include the 2001 Stirling Prize winning Magna Project in Rotherham, the 2008 RIBA Prize winning Scottish Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh, Great Northern Tower in Manchester and Great Glen House in Inverness – Sustainable Building of the Year 2006.

Richard is adept at offering expert evidence during planning enquiries relating to environmental noise impact. He recently gave evidence at the Scottish Government Parliamentary enquiry for the Edinburgh Trams project. Richard has significant experience of project management, particularly large scale contracts. He was Joint Project Manager on the House Builders Federation Robust Standards Details Project and is co-author of ‘Housing and Sound Insulation’. One of RMP’s three Robust Detail inspectors, Richard is an examiner on the Association of Noise Consultants (ANC) Members Registration Scheme and sits on the ANC board. In 2008 he was awarded Fellowship of the Institute of Acoustics and sits on the IOA council.

Professor Robin Mackenzie, BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD, CEng, FIOA, FRSA


Professor Robin Mackenzie was educated at Heriot-Watt University, the University of Edinburgh and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a fellow and past member of the Council of the Institute of Acoustics and the American National Science Foundation. Winner of The Institute of Acoustics Tyndall Medal in 1980, Robin was awarded the Royal Society Industrial Fellowship in 1992.

Robin has lectured extensively throughout the world on the subject of sound insulation and auditorium acoustics. He has been acoustic consultant for the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow, the Edinburgh Conference Centre in Riccarton, The National Library of Scotland and The Queen’s Hall in Edinburgh. He has also offered his expert advice on the lecture facilities at five of Scotland’s universities.