Busy times at dBx Acoustics…
Dear readers, I will start with an apology for not updating the blog much recently. You can take this as a good sign of how 2015 is going – flat out on projects ranging from Cornwall to Newcastle, and most places in between. This is just a quick update to mention some of the things we have been up to….
We are working with Thomas Vale Construction on a primary school in Erdington, with Carillion on schools in Coventry, and with our friends at BAND Architects on the redevelopment of the Buttermarket in Macclesfield.
We’re also designing facade mitigation for residential developments in the Midlands and developing our relationship with a developer in Wigan who is converting the former tax office on Bridgeman Road into residential apartments. We’ve also been working in the former CUBE gallery in Manchester, looking at sound insulation to the adjacent office space for the arrival of Leaf Cafe. This also involved a great evening hanging out at their Liverpool cafe measuring typical noise levels.
We also have two huge, and really exciting projects – we have been appointed as acoustic consultants for the Manchester Life residential development in New Islington, Manchester with contractors Sisk, and we are also consultants for the new Cell Therapy Catapult research and development building in Stevenage. Both of these are long term, high profile projects, and reflect how our reputation for great quality and service is spreading!
There’s a huge amount of planning work out there at the moment, and we have been appointed to provide noise impact assessments for proposed residential all over the UK, a large kennel in the Midlands, industrial sites from Wales to Walsall, and even an arts and creative space at Wellington Mill in Manchester with Mantra Live.
The new library in Holyhead is coming onto our radar. Located in the old Market Hall this will be a vibrant community space, with workspaces and a performance amphitheatre alongside more traditional local studies and tourist information space. Challenges for us include keeping out noise from the surrounding roads, ensuring great speech intelligibility in the amphitheatre, and at the same time creating a reasonable level of acoustic privacy and peace for study areas.
Our team is also growing, with the arrival of Chris from Salford Uni for the next 12 months, and Caz coming on board as an actual employee. We’re excited about the future, and looking forward to working on more projects of all sorts.