Building & Room Acoustics

Working with our industry partners we can provide one point of contact at every stage of your acoustic project providing acoustic consultancy throughout the process and the following services:

Acoustic surveys

Using the latest and most accurate acoustic equipment we undertake detailed preliminary analysis of the acoustic characteristics of the space under assessment, measuring a myriad of acoustic parameters such as Reverberation time, operational room response, and impulse response and speech intelligibility index.

Planning & Advice

NOVA Acoustics provides all clients with detail scope and any initial advice needed on the best way to approach the planning phase of the project.

Relevant products and materials

As part of our service we also supply the client with a list off all materials and material data that is relevant to the specification of the acoustic treatment or design plan.

Design advice and specification

Nova Acoustics Ltd will provide a technical report and detail design drawings/plans with the results of the acoustic survey. Contained in the report and drawings will be detailed and precise specifications to control noise and sound issues within the space. All presented in an easy and accessible format so the client can understand the theory behind the design.

Site Visits

We provide site visits at any stage of your project. Whether at the very start of the project to ascertain the scope of project and the space you are working with or throughout the project to assess the work thus far and to guide and overcome any issues that may occur on the way.

Office Acoustics

The office can often be a demanding environment with multiple functions and layouts such as open plan offices, call centres, meeting and conference rooms. Given that acoustic comfort in the working environment is a large factor in productivity and moral of the staff, it is essential to get the acoustic design right. Good acoustic design provides acoustic comfort which supports and encourages clear interactions, acoustic privacy while also allowing staff and employees to concentrate on their various tasks.

School Acoustics

Good acoustics in schools and other similar environments such as universities are essential to enable effective teaching and learning. Allowing for the teachers voice to be projected but not allowing the space to feel harsh or tedious for the students using it. Due to the vast increase in the subjects schools and university’s teach there can be various acoustic issues when that can be avoided during the design phase of the project.

Due to the importance of good learning environments there has been lots of research on the subject.  Subsequently school buildings have been added in to the building regulations Approved Document E and all new and extended school buildings have to comply with Building Bulletin 93 – Acoustic design of schools: performance standards.

Here at NOVA Acoustics Ltd we can provide sustainable and imaginative acoustic building designs that will not only achieve the specified criteria but also inspire students for years to come.

Restaurant Acoustics

Many restaurant owners would describe a busy restaurant as a happy restaurant, having the happy buzz of patrons in conversation while eating some of the finest food is often the sign of a good restaurant. However if the acoustics of the hospitality suite or restaurant do not provide the right amount of absorption and acoustic comfort, diners will often feel that they did not enjoy the time they spent in the establishment. People feel overwhelmed by loud and invasive background noise, but when the sound environment is too quiet it becomes uncomfortable and seclusive. There are thousands of restaurants reviews stating that the acoustics and loudness of the establishment had an adverse effect on the dining experience so getting the right balance between happy buzz and excessive noise is key for a successful restaurant.  Here follows just a few reviews taken from trip advisor:

“Good food, too loud”

3 of 5 stars Reviewed 16 June 2010

“Visited on 14 June, 7pm. Booked after seeing the rave reviews but was disappointed… Ambience OK to start with but got far too loud as the evening went on. It was a competition between the music and diners. Multi-sex, and small, toilets were not a winner for us! Overall, OK but better for larger parties”

NOVA Acoustics can provide a number of services such as upgrades to existing restaurants that will help you achieve the acoustics comfort and warm sonic ambiance that all customers crave. As well as clear and cosies information and designs for the whole of your project from start to finish.

“Waaay too loud”

2 of 5 stars Reviewed 29 July 2015 via mobile

“Not even eaten yet but if you fancy a conversation with whoever you’re eating with, then stay away”

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Village/Sports Hall Acoustics

Sports halls and similar spaces such as village halls are often known for harsh acoustic conditions and large reverberation times (over 5 seconds) due to the large areas of hard and reflective surfaces. Adding in intense sporting activities and large ordinances or groups of spectators, the local village/sports hall can quickly become an overwhelming acoustic environment.

However this should not be the case, NOVA Acoustics Ltd can provide clear and decisive acoustic strategies for upgrading existing sports/village hall or help design innovative recreational spaces from the ground up.

Auditoria/Cinema Acoustics

Auditoria and Cinemas have four main design goals in terms of acoustics:

  • High levels of sound insulation
  • Low background noise from ventilation and machinery
  • Evenly balanced spatial acoustics to provide a consistent and immersive environment from any position in the room.
  • High intelligibility of speech

NOVA Acoustics Ltd can provide acoustic designs and soundproofing to ensure your auditorium or cinema is the best it can be creating a totally immersive watching experience weather in a private home cinema or large cinema complex.

Churches & Places of Worship Acoustics

Churches and other places of worship can often be challenges places to design or upgrade as there is always the trade-off between a space designed for public speaking and sermons verses a space designed for singing and choirs. A collaboration of physical acoustic treatment and directive loudspeakers can achieve the best solution for most spaces. NOVA acoustics Ltd believes that the right balance can be found and contemporary places of worship should be designed around clear and concise communication weather this is singing, verbal or emotional. That’s is why our acoustic room design consultants aim to design acoustic schemes and treatments to suit the preference of the people using the church or place of worship.

Audio Production Room Acoustics

Studios can often be complicated spaces with a varied range of acoustic characteristic dependent on the specific use of the studio whether it’s audio, visual or rehearsal. With the progression of music and visual software along with a fast moving culture almost any space can be considered suitable for a studio. It is often the case that studios require large amounts of absorption with specific dimensions and placement. The room also needs to act acoustically diffuse to achieve good sound quality throughout the space. Therefore a bespoke acoustic design is required and may be dependent of room size, room use, the type of equipment used as well as the surrounding spaces adjacent to the studio space.

NOVA Acoustics Ltd offers specific acoustic testing of various room characteristics such as impulse response, room mode analysis and reverb time. We also offer tailored studio design for your space and all you creative needs.

Healthcare Acoustics

Health sector buildings can be extremely susceptible to bad acoustics due to their busy nature and number of hard surfaces. It is in everyone’s interest to make all patients and staff to feel as comfortable as possible, with the acoustics of the building and its rooms being a key factor. It is important that all announcements are intelligible to ensure that staff can respond in the most efficient manner. There are many psychological and physiological effects that can affect the wellbeing of patients, with studies indicating that noisy environments can have an effect on blood pressure, stress levels and quality of sleep. It is also important to consider patients privacy, confidentiality and dignity when designing the acoustics of a room.

Acoustics in healthcare environments are complex and require a careful, strategic design balancing competing interests such as visibility versus enclosure, surface maintenance versus sound absorption, and initial construction budget versus long-term value. Nevertheless, effective acoustical performance is a critical need for all types of healthcare facilities.

Thus a specialist acoustic adviser is required in order to take a holistic approach to the acoustic design.

Here at NOVA Acoustics Ltd we do possess the expertise to assess the subjective sound quality of the environments and provide the right planning solutions to accommodate the calm and the tranquillity that such a delicate environment desires.

Library Acoustics

Libraries are quiet spaces used for study and reading therefore it is assumed that no acoustic treatment or design work needs to be undertaken to create a comfortable space. However this is not the case poor acoustics in libraries and other such spaces means that any noise is usually amplified and can often have the effect of disrupting quite atmosphere which is detrimental to concentration and comfort of the library users.

There are some key aspects in the acoustics design of libraries these should include:

  • Concentration – Library’s need to be quitter than normal spaces to provide the immersive and distraction free environment.
  • Privacy – acoustics privacy is paramount as libraries often have spaces for group study and other activities such as book readings. These events should not interrupt or disturb other library users.
  • Aesthetics – just because this specific space is used for studying and reading it doesn’t mean that it should be dull and boring. Library’s need to be stimulating and interactive environments for all users whether old or young.

NOVA Acoustics provides a full range of acoustic testing as well as functional and aesthetically pleasing acoustic designs for libraries and study spaces.

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What does a noise survey require?

We understand that acquiring specialist acoustically treated rooms can be a frustrating procedure when time is of the essence. To ensure your project progresses smoothly and efficiently we typically request the following:

  • Architect’s drawings or site plans – showing the site layout, including internal/external layout and construction detail
  • A secure location on-site for monitoring equipment – we need to carry out a baseline noise survey on-site to establish the noise exposure. If this cannot be provided we will carry out manned monitoring
  • Access to site throughout the duration of the measurements

How much does a noise survey cost?

Every noise survey is slightly different and therefore requires varying resources; we are very competitive with our rates and will always try and beat your best quotation. We are able to provide you with an idea of cost over the phone after fully establishing your requirements. Call us today for a no obligation quote!