Good morning, ladies and gentlemen! As instructed in our previous
meeting, the subcommittee on building development has now drawn up a
brief to submit to the firm’s architect. In short, the building would
consist of two floors. There would be a storage area in the basement to
be used by the research center as well as by other departments. We are,
as you know, short of storage base, so the availability of a large
basement would be a considerable advantage. The ground floor would be
occupied by laboratories. Altogether there would be six labs. In
addition, there would be six offices for the technicians, plus a general
secretarial office and reception area. The first floor would be occupied
by the offices of Research and Development staff. There would be a suite
of offices for the Research and Development director as well as a
general office for secretarial staff. It’s proposed to have a staff room
with a small kitchen. This would serve both floors. There would also be
a library for research documents and reference material. In addition,
there would be a resource room in which audio visual equipment and other
equipment of that sort could be stored. Finally, there would be a
seminar room with closed circuit television. This room could also be
used to present displays and demonstrations to visitors to the center.
The building would be of brick construction so it’s to conform to the
general style of construction on the site. There would be a pitched
roof. Wall and ceiling spaces would be insulated to conform to new
Questions 16 to 18 are based on the passage you’ve just heard。
题目一：The diagrams below show the site of a school in 2004 and the
plan for changes to the school site in 2024.
16. What is said about the planned basement of the new building?
17. Where would be the Research and Development director’s office?
18. Why would the building be of brick construction?
The two pictures compare the layout of a school as it was in the year
2004 with a proposed site design for the year 2024.
It is clear that the main change for 2024 involves the addition of a new
school building. The school will then be able to accommodate a
considerably larger number of students.
In 2004, there were 600 pupils attending the school, and the two school
buildings were separated by a path running from the main entrance to the
sports field. By 2024, it is expected that there will be 1000 pupils,
and a third building will have been constructed. Furthermore, the plan
is to join the two original buildings together, creating a shorter path
that links the buildings only.
As the third building and a second car park will be built on the site of
the original sports field, a new, smaller sports field will need to be
laid. A new road will also be built from the main entrance to the second
car park. Finally, no changes will be made to the main entrance and
original car park.
(183 words, band 9)
题目二：The diagrams below show some principles of house design for cool
and for warm climates.
The diagrams show how house designs differ according to climate.
The most noticeable difference between houses designed for cool and warm
climates is in the shape of the roof. The designs also differ with
regard to the windows and the use of insulation.
We can see that the cool climate house has a high-angled roof, which
allows sunlight to enter through the window. By contrast, the roof of
the warm climate house has a peak in the middle and roof overhangs to
shade the windows. Insulation and thermal building materials are used in
cool climates to reduce heat loss, whereas insulation and reflective
materials are used to keep the heat out in warm climates.
Finally, the cool climate house has one window which faces the direction
of the sun, while the warm climate house has windows on two sides which
are shaded from the sun. By opening the two windows at night, the house
designed for warm climates can be ventilated.
(162 words, band 9)
题目三：The diagrams below are existing and proposed floor plans for the
redevelopment of an art gallery.
The first picture shows the layout of an art gallery, and the second
shows some proposed changes to the gallery space.
It is clear that significant changes will be made in terms of the use of
floor space in the gallery. There will be a completely new entrance and
more space for exhibitions.
At present, visitors enter the gallery through doors which lead into a
lobby. However, the plan is to move the entrance to the Parkinson Court
side of the building, and visitors will walk straight into the
exhibition area. In place of the lobby and office areas, which are shown
on the existing plan, the new gallery plan shows an education area and a
small storage area.
The permanent exhibition space in the redeveloped gallery will be about
twice as large as it is now because it will occupy the area that is now
used for temporary exhibitions. There will also be a new room for
special exhibitions. This room is shown in red on the existing plan and
is not currently part of the gallery.
(178 words, band 9)