When is a car park not a car park?

In 2018 we helped The North Face secure a temporary event licence for their Pinnacle Project event on the roof of a multi-storey car park in the heart of Manchester.

In any urban setting like this, an event has the potential to cause noise disturbance to residents and businesses nearby. It’s important to agree noise limits with the Local Authority to control both the level of noise and the hours of exposure for residents. This needs to balance the requirements of the event (which generally will have live and/or amplified music), the amenity of residents, and a pinch of common sense in considering by how much noise levels can be allowed to increase for a ‘one off’ event.

There’s not much point setting noise limits, though, if you don’t know that you can meet them – and that’s where using an experienced acoustic consultant comes into play. We went through the following steps with The North Face to ensure the event passed without a hitch;

  • Reviewing what the initial noise limit set by Manchester City Council means in terms of the noise levels that can be generated at the event, and whether this limit is acceptable given the nature of the event.
  • Reviewing what can be done to reduce noise emissions from the event other than just turning down the music – we might be able to use some temporary screening, for example, or re-orient the stage area.
  • Negotiating between the Local Authority and the Client to set a noise limit which respects the requirements of all parties.
  • Writing a noise management plan (NMP) for the event, including what will be measured and how, and the mitigation measures which will be imposed by the Client to control noise levels. The NMP can include items such as how complaints about noise during the event will be handled, how the Client will ensure that noise levels are not exceeded.

We’ve worked on numerous events, from pop-ups to festivals. If you’d like to talk to us about how we can help you with event noise control just get in touch!

dBx helps boost productivity in co-working space

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.

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