Good acoustic design is vital to the success of any space. If you get the acoustics right, the casual ear may not even notice. If you get it wrong, it can render a space completely unbearable. It really is the difference between tranquillity and chaos.

The link between living in a noisy environment and its negative impact on health and wellbeing is now well established, making acoustic design a critical design consideration.

It’s about creating environments where people can be at their best. Coming home to a peaceful living space; learning in an environment without distraction; and working in a collaborative and social space that also respects the acoustic need for security and sensitive conversation. 

Early stage engagement with acoustic engineers means weaving sound acoustic design into the very fabric of a building which helps secure planning permission, avoids expensive retrofitting, and ensures the creation of quality space. 

We work on projects of all scales, from single dwellings to major developments, offering a full range of noise and vibration assessments. 

Agent of Change principle

As part of the revised NPPF (National Planning Policy Framework), the 'Agent of Change' principle considers how new developments integrate with existing businesses from a noise perspective. 

It's brought tensions between the policy and residential housing objectives. The principle says that no unreasonable restrictions should be placed on existing businesses due to new developments. The mitigation requirements may affect the viability of new, vital, housing schemes. 

Watch Ric Hampton, Hydrock's national lead for acoustics, look at the implications of the Agent of Change principle on nightclubs and proposed housing developments.