Acoustics

Acoustics is integral to the successful design and ‘experience’ of a building. There is plenty of compelling evidence to show that the internal environment affects human health, communication and productivity.  Addressing the acoustic ambience has become more important now we have densely populated offices and mixed-use complexes – as well as more stringent planning regulations.

The huge array of noises that surround us often go unnoticed until they hinder our ability to concentrate or detract from the enjoyment of our surroundings. Buro Happold’s specialist acoustic consultancy team applies its skills to create positive human perceptions of space. We offer engineering-led consultancy based on understanding of how individuals experience the acoustic world they inhabit and the way this relates to the built environment.

Our project experience covers a range of acoustic environments, from commercial spaces such as offices, hotels and shopping centres to public spaces such as galleries, theatres and museums. Requirements vary depending on the building use: in school classrooms, for example, teacher/pupil speech intelligibility is vital; while in retail outlets, good lighting and acoustics can have a positive effect on buying habits.

We adopt a creative and innovative approach to acoustic design. As multi-disciplinary consultants, Buro Happold’s clients benefit from our wealth of knowledge across all aspects of building design. Our expertise enables us to provide a unique range of acoustic services covering all aspects of planning advice, architectural and building services acoustics advice, electro-acoustic systems design, environmental noise and vibration assessments, surveying and acoustic performance testing.

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27/09/2013

Buro Happold formed part of the design and commissioning team for the state of the art Nano Science and Quantum Information Laboratory at the University of Bristol. The building, sited in the centre of Bristol, is home to an...

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The Library
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23/07/2013

The refurbishment of the 1980s main University Library is part of the stunning new Forum centrepiece for the University of Exeter, that connects the existing main University Library with the existing Students Union building via a...

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19/07/2013

This pair of new buildings for St Antony’s College accommodates post graduate students and provides meeting and study space as well as a new entrance and Porters’ Lodge.  Buro Happold worked in close collaboration with...

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12/05/2011

2013 will be seen as a significant year for the City of Birmingham with the opening of Britain's biggest ever public library. Situated in the heart of the city adjacent to Centenary Square, the new complex will replace the...

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19/04/2011

Designed around the theme of assembly and open debate, the Forum is a central part of the University of Exeter’s campus. The Forum Project saw several structures built or refurbished and enclosed under a stunning gridshell roof. As well as unifying these buildings and hosting a dramatic new reception, the roof shelters a range of state of the art teaching and discussion spaces.

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29/08/2013

Following five years of planning, design and construction the new Library of Birmingham is due to open to the public. Appointed in 2008 Buro Happold has been a key member of the design team, that created this state of the art new...

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25/01/2013

Buro Happold and Schmidt Hammer Lassen have won an international design competition for a new culture centre and library in Karlshamn, Sweden. The new state of the art cultural centre will include a range of facilities...

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28/05/2012

The Heartlands Project will bring together sound sustainable design principles to showcase a low carbon development and be a leader of sustainability in the UK through celebration of its heritage and being a catalyst for regeneration

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27/10/2011

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26/05/2011

In March 2007, the Tourist Development and Investment Company of Abu Dhabi announced that a new Louvre Museum would be completed in the city of Abu Dhabi. The new museum’s dramatic domed roof is undoubtedly the strongest feature...

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26/05/2011

The new Riverside Museum, Scotland’s Museum of Transport and Travel, is located on a dramatic site at the point where two rivers, the Clyde and the Kelvin meet, close to Glasgow Harbour. As well as providing a permanent home for collections not previously on public display, the new museum exhibits the contents of the old Glasgow Museum previously held at Kelvin Hall. Kelvin Hall was the second most visited attraction of its type in the UK, with half a million visitors a year, so the new Riverside Museum is well placed to become a world-class cultural destination.

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05/05/2011

The world-leading Scottish Centre for Regenerative Medicine (SCRM) is a brand new, 9000m2 facility which will spearhead the University of Edinburgh’s work into vital stem cell research. A number of innovative renewable...

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19/04/2011

Developing a truly successful stadium design involves meeting a number of goals beyond simply creating a first class sporting arena. The list of additional demands for the main stadium for the 2014 Winter Olympics and Paralympics...

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Matthew Harrison

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