Noise from transportation sources such as roads, trains and aircraft have a considerable effect on the buildings we design. In addition, the buildings themselves can have acoustic implications on the sites that they occupy.
An effective approach that allows us to consider the acoustics for a site and its environs is to create a 3D environmental “noise map”. This can inform the design process to allow for the better configuration of buildings, so noise sensitive areas are located away from sources of environmental noise, as well as the reduction of acoustic interventions.
The next step is to design the building envelope to achieve acceptable levels of noise within the building. We work with the design team to develop acoustic solutions that are consistent with the overall façade design, architectural intent, and the ventilation and thermal strategies.
Particularly large developments or masterplans may require an Environmental Impact Assessment. We are experienced in undertaking these assessments, according to IEMA (Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment) guidelines, and in preparing the Noise and Vibration chapter for the Environmental Statement.