There's no denying that the general public is becoming more and more aware of noise in the environment. Although only 8% of land in the UK is taken up by cities, 54% of the population lives, and 60% works, in a city.
From workplaces to domestic and industrial properties, the noise in buildings often needs to be controlled diligently - and that's where an acoustic consultant comes in. A professional acoustics consultant is a master in the art of controlling noise and minimising the transmission of noise where necessary.
For many of us, more hours are spent in the office than in our own homes. For this reason, it is imperative that intelligent design incorporates the key considerations of office acoustics, and in this blog we will go into some of the important factors when it comes to getting noise exactly right in a professional work environment.
Taking into account how noise and its associated problems can affect communities is an essential aspect of the planning process and one that many planning professionals - on both the local authority side and the development side - are wholeheartedly committed to.
The UK eating out market is believed to be worth around £5.4billion - and it's growing. (https://www.bighospitality.co.uk/Article/2016/02/23/UK-diners-to-spend-54.7bn-on-eating-out-by-2017) However, that’s not to say that restaurants have an easy time carving out market share and remaining competitive. The creativity of new brands and the modern day “theatre” of dining out are all clear signs that restaurateurs and chains are having to do everything in their power to attract diners, and keep them coming back.
If you’re an employer working in an industry that’s notorious for the noise it produces, then one piece of legislation you might be familiar with is the Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005. Introduced in April 2006, this now long-standing law was created to supersede the ‘Noise at Work Regulations 1989’. Both the 1989 and 2006 regulations are based on European Union directives requiring similar regulation
The Government provides clear guidance on the acoustics, lighting and ventilation requirements for all school buildings in the UK. It could be argued that the latter two are reasonably simple to quantify and control, however, effectively managing the acoustic environment of a busy education setting appears to be a far more complex and taxing proposition.