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.
As the workplace evolves, more and more people are working flexibly – whether that be late at night, from a sun terrace in Italy, or in a specially designed co-working space.
Clockwise provide the latter – contemporary private offices and shared workspace with flexible membership plans. With sites in Belfast, Edinburgh and Glasgow, we were delighted to be asked to work on their “new kid on the dock” at the iconic Edward Pavilion on Liverpool’s world-famous Albert Dock.
Appointed by international construction company Ardmac in 2018 and working alongside architects 74, we were asked to help with specifying partitions between the workspaces. Sound insulation is very important for bustling co-working spaces, helping to provide settings that support different activities, such as having private conversations, focused/individual work and collaborative sessions.
We assisted the partition specification and detailing to maintain sound insulation between different workspaces while ensuring we didn’t impact the fabric of the building, which is a 19th century warehouse with preserved original features, including cast iron columns, Victorian brickwork and barrel vaulted ceilings.
We also worked on building services noise control, particularly on the upper floor, which features air handling units sitting on plant decks suspended within the open plan office space.
A historic building on a historic site, we’re proud to have worked on this challenging and exciting project.