We have a lot of acoustic design experience working in sports projects such as swimming pools, sports halls, and stadiums.
With acoustics in swimming pools, sports halls, and indoor stadiums, reverberation time and mechanical noise are 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 good teaching, learning, and playing environment. The sound insulation to other parts of the building should also be considered to avoid noise nuisance.
When designing swimming pools 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 to design the PA system, we use computational acoustic modeling. If necessary, we can carry out an auralisation at our 3D studio in Brixton so that clients can listen to space with the proposed acoustic treatment before the construction of the project. This is a great experience for our clients, particularly for our London-based Acoustic Consultancy clients who have ready access to our facility for first-hand exposure.
Environmental impact assessment
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.
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