Acoustic design is a fundamental part of most acoustic consultancy projects. After a noise measurement survey has been carried out there is usually a need to design mitigation measures to solve a noise problem, or to prevent a future noise problem arising. For some types of buildings acoustic design of room finishes is necessary to enhance internal acoustics. Getting acoustic design wrong can mean either expensive over provision, or costly remedial works, or ending up with rooms not fit for purpose.
Examples of acoustic design are:
- Specification of noise barriers for new transportation schemes;
- Acoustic glazing and ventilation to control environmental noise in new residential developments;
- Party wall and floor design in residential developments to minimise airborne and impact sound transmission;
- Enhancement of building facades and attenuation of mechanical services plant to control impact from new commercial/industrial developments;
- Control of reverberation times and room acoustics within education and performance spaces to enhance music and speech intelligibility.
At Hepworth Acoustics we achieve the correct design strategy by the following measures:
- Very experienced senior staff reviewing all design reports;
- Use of latest acoustic software to aid design work;
- Knowledge of a wide range of materials and their acoustic properties;
- Experience of design team meetings and incorporating acoustic requirements in with other design team requirements;
- Practical experience of inspecting works and providing recommendations for remedial/alternative methods.
Our acoustic design experience covers highways, railways, airports, televison studios, schools, hotels, housing, apartment blocks, hospitals, factories, music venues, offices, waste disposal sites, mineral workings and retail.