Green Pastures Pentecostal Church, Ballymena

dBx Acoustics worked with HPA Architecture on the acoustic design of the Green Pastures Pentecostal Church in Ballymena, County Antrim in 2013 until its opening in 2019. The building contains a 4000 seater auditorium and has significant youth and educational facilities, as well as social space including classrooms, cafes, a sports hall and gym, and smaller auditoria and recording and broadcast studios.

As the scheme design approached the tender stage, we advised on reverberation time throughout, as well as sound insulation between spaces. There was a need for significant sound insulation between the auditorium and adjacent spaces which were in use at the same time – no small feat given the Client’s requirement to run the front of house PA at 112 dBA! We worked with the mechanical services consultant to control services noise both inside and outside the building.

We worked closely with the Local Authority to help them draft appropriate planning conditions for noise emissions from the site in order to ensure there was no adverse impact on nearby residents – or on the housing proposed as part of the wider masterplan in future. Our noise impact assessment was used to set noise emission limits against both BS 4142:2014 and BS 8233:2014, and has helped to define the sound insulation specification for the Auditorium roof and facades.

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dBx Case Studies - Office & Workspace

As we emerge dazed from our home offices and start getting back into the workplace, we are sure to become more aware of the noises around us, which can distract us or prevent us from performing effectively.

In open-plan offices, for example, it can be important to be able to communicate with your immediate team, but you don’t want to be able to hear everything that Loud Howard across the room is describing. Confidentiality in meeting rooms, quiet rooms, and cellular offices, can all be critical too.

In a busy call centre, it’s important that the hubbub of other voices doesn’t distract an individual call handler, or affect a caller’s experience, ability to hear, or perception of privacy.

The acoustic design of workspaces considers all of these factors holistically, balancing specification and detailing with appropriate levels of background noise and room acoustic treatments to enhance productivity and comfort.

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