What is it about summer? Just as last year, we are rushed off our feet with projects and surveys with no time left to keep the blog up to date. I think the idea that everyone goes on holiday in July and August is a myth!

We are carrying out the acoustic design for the Green Pastures Church in Ballymena, Northern Ireland. This includes classrooms, theatres and performance space, pastoral spaces and a large open plan mall/dining area in the centre, in the style of churches more commonly found in the US. Such a large variety of spaces and acoustic requirements is a great opportunity for us to combine our knowledge and experience to produce a building that works effectively as well as sounding great.

A noise impact assessment gave us the chance to poke around the Queen Insurance Building in Liverpool and pretend to be good at photography…

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With Interserve, we are designing extensions for two batches of Priority Schools Building Project schemes in Cornwall, including my old primary school, which I remember being taken in my pushchair to see being built! This may well have been the formative experience which turned me into a construction nerd, but it’s quite alarming to think that it’s in need of work – mind you, bits are breaking on me all the time so I guess it’s to be expected.

We are also working with Carillion on the remodeling of Nottingham City Council’s HQ building at Loxley House, to turn the four storey Atrium into a useable contact centre for the public to access Council services. This involves a complex acoustic model to examine how noise transfer into the open plan office areas overlooking the atrium can be controlled.

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However, in the midst of all of this excitement, we are still carrying out noise impact assessments for planning, including some student housing in Wigan, flats in Dagenham, a recording studio in Wales, and a factory demolition in Castleford.

We’re also still mourning the loss of Liza, the dBx Dog, who was hit by a car a few weeks ago after she escaped from the house and went on a crazy run over the hills and far away. We are, however, excited to be welcoming a new puppy, Scooby, into the team next week…

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