We have a lot of experience working in sports projects such as swimming pools, sports halls and stadiums.
In swimming pools, sports halls and indoor stadiums, reverberation time and mechanical noise is often high resulting in poor communication between teachers and pupils or between announcers and the public. Noise levels from users and loudspeakers are also often high. The design of such projects requires special consideration in regards to reverberation time, speech intelligibility, PA design and noise from mechanical services in order to create a good teaching/learning/playing environment. The sound insulation to other parts of the building should also be considered to avoid noise nuisance.
When designing swimming pool and sports halls for schools, BB93 is used to establish the design criteria. It is also used to achieve BREEAM credits when required.
In order to recommend the right area and location of acoustic treatment in the space and to help designing the PA system, we use computational acoustic modelling. If necessary, we can carry out an auralization at our 3D studio in Brixton so that clients can listen to the space with the proposed acoustic treatment before the construction of the project.
An environmental impact assessment is often required as part of planning to demonstrate that the sound insulation of the façade (walls/roof/glazing) has been carefully designed to reduce noise breakout from the venue to surrounding critical buildings. Noise reduction from new items of a plant is also a key element in obtaining planning approval.
Our recent projects include:
- the Lee Valley VeloPark at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London;
- the American School in London’s underground swimming pool and sports studios.