Lafayette

Lafayette is a brand new 600 capacity live music venue located in an office building in King’s Cross. There was concern from the Landlord that daytime sound-checks and evening gigs could impact the rest of the building which as well as typical office floors, also included a number of recording studios and editing suites for […]

ANC Awards 2020

RBA Acoustics were winners at the 2020 ANC awards! We were very proud to see our joint entry win the Building Acoustics category at a brilliant online event last night. Well done to everyone involved, especially all the winners. You can read more about the award using this link to the ANC Awards 2020

Lee Valley Heat Network

RBA Acoustics has worked closely with Vital Energy on a number of projects, including the Lee Valley Heat Network mobile energy centre. Vital Energy designed and built a boiler plant room that is the size of a shipping container, so it can be easily transported, and is capable of serving as a temporary energy centre […]

23 Queen Anne Street

RBA Acoustics regularly work with The Howard de Walden Estate, and we were delighted to have the opportunity to work with them on a major refurbishment of their premises at 23 Queen Anne Street. The refurbishment is part of the Estate’s vision for a new head office, and acoustic design is a key part of […]

Jacob Whitworth Student placement blog part 1

Well, what a strange year it has been so far! After a delayed start date in September I am finally well underway with my placement year at RBA Acoustics. I am currently completing this industrial placement in between my second and final year of studying BEng Acoustical & Audio Engineering at the University of Salford. […]

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) ANC & IOA Updated Advice 24th March

Due to the more stringent restrictions now enforced by the government, RBA have taken the difficult decision to cease any site works at this time. This is to protect both our staff and the wider public. We are still continuing with desk based work with staff at home, and are actively working to find solutions […]

Joint Guidance on the Impact of COVID-19 on the Practicality and Reliability of Baseline Sound Level Surveying and the Provision of Sound & Noise Impact Assessments

Joint Guidance on the Impact of COVID-19 on the Practicality and Reliability of Baseline Sound Level Surveying and the Provision of Sound & Noise Impact Assessments By the Association of Noise Consultants [ANC] and the Institute of Acoustics [IOA] article found at: https://www.association-of-noise-consultants.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Joint-Statement-On-the-Impact-of-Covid.IOA-ANC.v1.230320.pdf?dm_i=142S,6SSFC,60HB0Z,R7UUM,1 Introduction The level of concern across the United Kingdom in relation to […]

COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

RBA Acoustics COVID-19 Continuity Strategy General In anticipation of Government requesting, or requiring, greater isolation for workers, we have been preparing and stress-testing our processes for some time and are therefore confident that they are sufficiently robust to allow us to continue to provide a comprehensive service for our clients, albeit subject to further developments […]

Tomorrow’s Engineers Week 2019

Tomorrow’s Engineers Week 2019: Health, Wellbeing, and Acoustics Tomorrow’s Engineers Week 2019 focuses on the impact engineers have on health and wellbeing. While there may be some more obvious engineering sectors impacting on this, acoustics can play a huge part in people’s health and wellbeing. Where do you spend most of your waking hours? Maybe […]

RBA Acoustics 17th Birthday Celebrations

RBA Acoustics 17th Birthday Celebrations As part of our 17th anniversary celebrations, the teams from our London and Manchester offices gathered at the London office for an afternoon of battery-powered, emissions-free and tire-squealing fun at TeamSport Go Karting, Tower Bridge. After a very productive morning in the office, meeting new members of the team and […]

Aaron Moroney Student placement blog part 3

This is my final post of three, where I am now in my last week and am proud to have been with RBA for over a year! In my last few months I have gained experience in even more diverse project work – a particular one of interest was completing a Noise at Work assessment […]

SHARING SOUND EXPERIENCES AT BIG BANG SOUTH EAST

As part of the Institute of Acoustics’ ongoing public outreach efforts, I volunteered to be part of a group of Acoustics and Audio Engineers from various organizations at the Big Bang Fair South East (BBF-SE), held over 26th & 27th June 2019. Big Bang South East is organized by STEM Sussex, the University of Brighton’s […]

Insight, Salford University

RBA Acoustics was pleased to be part of the Insight Summer School running at Salford University recently. This is a STEM outreach project in which around 45 female Year 12 students from different schools around the country attended a 4-day residential course. Staff and post-graduate students from Salford and other Universities led the sessions, and […]

GRADnet Summer School, National Physical Laboratory, Teddington

RBA Acoustics have previously led sessions at the 2015 and 2017 GRADnet events, and were delighted to be invited back to the 2019 GRADnet Summer School at the National Physical Laboratory in Teddington recently. GRADnet is part of the South East Physics Network (SEPnet), a consortium of nine leading universities promoting physics, and is the […]

Archlight Cinema, Battersea

RBA Acoustics’ work on Archlight Cinema, Battersea has been Highly Commended in the Building Acoustics category at the Associations of Noise Consultants (ANC) awards. The judges noted that a practical and creative approach had been adopted which had enabled the project to go ahead in what was otherwise an improbable site for a cinema. Traditional […]

Refurbishing of the Grade II Snowdon Aviary at London Zoo

Refurbishing of the Grade II Snowdon Aviary at London Zoo ZSL London Zoo have been involved in the process of refurbishing the Grade II Snowdon Aviary, originally built in 1964. It is proposed to build a variety of new structures which will house colobus monkeys and also allow the monkeys to access the Snowdon Aviary. […]

£95m regeneration of Arthur Street estate gains planning permission

Following our previous involvement in the award winning Erith Park regeneration scheme, RBA were delighted to assist in the planning stage works associated with the Arthur Street regeneration. Noise and vibration assessments were required to demonstrate to the Local Authority that noise from the nearby roads and railway were able to be controlled to acceptable […]

RBA Acoustics football team 2019 – The Acoustics Cup

RBA Acoustics football team 2019 – The Acoustics Cup RBA Acoustics were once again delighted to have entered a team for this year’s Charity 5-a-side competition – the Acoustics Cup – run by Campbell Associates. Although competitive in the group stages, we unfortunately left the competition in the first knock-out round of the Cup; having […]

Aaron Moroney Student placement blog part 2

This is the second post of three about my year spent at RBA, where I will share my last 4 months’ of experience. Whilst becoming more familiar with some areas of consultancy that I previously wrote about, my learning has certainly not stopped as I have been able to take on more complex assessments. One […]

Blackfriars Circus

The newly completed Blackfriars Circus project by Barratt London was recently featured in Building Magazine. The project was celebrated for its sympathetic architectural design; ensuring that a 27 storey residential tower engaged with the local environment rather than fighting against it. The project itself was much more than just the tower, it also encompasses four […]

Aaron Moroney Student placement blog

It can certainly be said that since joining RBA in July 2018, I have thoroughly enjoyed what has been both an interesting and challenging experience during my first four months. I am currently completing an industrial placement year as part of my BSc Music Technology degree at Birmingham City University between my second and third […]

Lidl Lime Street

We have recently been pleased to work with fit-out specialists Braithwaite Fit Out at the Liverpool Lime Street Development as part of the works for the new ground floor Lidl store. The store is situated directly beneath brand new hotel and student accommodation areas, and therefore it was critical to consider and commission the separating […]

ROM Tech

ROM Tech, Lichfield is located in the north-east industrial estate of Lichfield close to the city’s Lichfield Trent Valley railway station with the route passing just north of site. The organisation provides a range of steel reinforcement products and accessories with various specialities including ROMTECH who are a market leader in providing pre-fabricated piles and […]

Shelter from the Storm

Homeless charity Shelter from the Storm has found a new home in Archway, N19. RBA have been working alongside Holland Harvey Architects to provide this new space for those in need. Read more about the project in this article on ‘Estates Gazette’. https://www.egi.co.uk/news/charity-and-social-round-up-a-new-shelter-for-the-homeless-in-archway/.

John Connell Awards 2018

RBA Acoustics are looking forward to attending the Noise Abatement Society’s John Connell Awards this evening, being held at the Palace of Westminster. As an Honorary Secretary of the Institute of Acoustics, Russell Richardson is also delighted to be chairing the judging panel for the Innovation Award, sponsored by the IOA. You can read more […]

John Connell Awards 2018

RBA Acoustics are looking forward to attending the Noise Abatement Society’s John Connell Awards this evening, being held at the Palace of Westminster. As an Honorary Secretary of the Institute of Acoustics, Russell Richardson is also delighted to be chairing the judging panel for the Innovation Award, sponsored by the IOA. You can read more […]

Acoustics and Wellbeing in Offices

There has been a welcome move in recent times towards ensuring that the wellbeing and comfort of future occupiers is considered carefully in the design of both new and refurbished offices. Items which are most commonly discussed are lighting, ventilation and cooling, flexibility in spaces and furniture, the use of technology, and even bio-philia. What […]

Acoustics and Wellbeing in Offices

There has been a welcome move in recent times towards ensuring that the wellbeing and comfort of future occupiers is considered carefully in the design of both new and refurbished offices. Items which are most commonly discussed are lighting, ventilation and cooling, flexibility in spaces and furniture, the use of technology, and even bio-philia. What […]

AJ Retrofit Awards 2018

RBA Acoustics were delighted to attend the AJ Retrofit Awards 2018 last night. We had a fantastic evening and were thrilled to see Alma-nac Paxton House win Best Housing Project under £5m. Though some money was lost having fun playing Roulettes in the charity casino, we came away having had a wonderful evening – and […]

AJ Retrofit Awards 2018

RBA Acoustics were delighted to attend the AJ Retrofit Awards 2018 last night. We had a fantastic evening and were thrilled to see Alma-nac Paxton House win Best Housing Project under £5m. Though some money was lost having fun playing Roulettes in the charity casino, we came away having had a wonderful evening – and […]

ProPG

What is ProPG? Professional Practice Guidance: Planning & Noise (ProPG) is a document which was published in 2017 by the Association of Noise Consultants (ANC), Institute of Acoustics (IOA) and the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH). The current Government planning, noise policy and guidance provides clear objectives, however it does not define a prescriptive […]

ProPG

What is ProPG? Professional Practice Guidance: Planning & Noise (ProPG) is a document which was published in 2017 by the Association of Noise Consultants (ANC), Institute of Acoustics (IOA) and the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH). The current Government planning, noise policy and guidance provides clear objectives, however it does not define a prescriptive […]

Ironman 70.3

One of our brilliant consultants at RBA, James Stokes, has bravely taken on the challenge of an Ironman later this month to raise money for Cancer Research UK. The Ironman Weymouth event is a total distance of 70.3 miles, broken into – Swim (1.2mile/1.9km), Cycle (56mile/90km), Run (13.1mile/21.2km). This will obviously be a gruelling endeavour, […]

Nine Elms

RBA have had the pleasure on working on a few key projects as part of this Nine Elms Masterplan – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCvZ9a-yWzk&t=428s

Nine Elms

RBA have had the pleasure on working on a few key projects as part of this Nine Elms Masterplan – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCvZ9a-yWzk&t=428s

RBA Graduates!

A huge congratulations to Callum Stewart and Suzy Everett who have both recently celebrated their graduations. Callum and Suzy both spent their placement year working with RBA Acoustics, and have since now returned to work for RBA full time this summer in the London and Manchester offices respectively. We are so pleased to welcome them […]

Tom Davies-Smith Placement Blog: Part 4

Here we are, my last blog post for RBA. In my last three months I have really felt part of the team, ready to get to work on all manner of different jobs and continue to learn new skills. One new skill I learned in this last quarter was how to construct an A-frame which […]

ANC Awards – Highly Commended

RBA Acoustics work on controlling noise from a construction site using a temporary site enclosure has been Highly Commended in the Smaller Project category at the Association of Noise Consultants (ANC) awards. “The judges considered this a useful example of the contribution of acousticians to the delivery of other projects. Basement works, particularly in London, […]

White Water Rafting for the RBA Team

On Thursday 21st June RBA packed up our equipment and set off on a day-trip to the Lee Valley White Water Centre. The day started with acquainting ourselves with the rather…fitting… wetsuits which we were to don for the whole day! The hours under the sun that followed were a team raft-building effort, which we […]

Optimising Acoustics in Education Environments

On Thursday 21st June RBA director Russell Richardson took great pleasure in giving a talk at the Alliance of Construction Networks Acoustics Conference. The discussion was surrounding the topic of ensuring compliance with acoustic standards in schools. The conference consisted of a wide range of viewpoints with a range of designers, acousticians, constructors, premises managers, […]

RBA Acoustics football flop in the Acoustic Cup

As football fever sweeps the country, we were delighted to once more pull on the blue shirts of RBA FC and take part in the Campbell Associates Acoustic Cup on 13 June 2018. Unfortunately that was where the delight ended as a youthful looking RBA team crashed out of the tournament with 3 draws, a […]

Morgan Sindall Open Mic Night – Manchester

At the end of May, Helen Sheldon of RBA Acoustics’ Manchester office joined other members of the North West property and construction industry, taking part in the Morgan Sindall Open Mic Night, which was held in aid of the Steve Burne Rooms at Ronald McDonald House. As is often the case with acousticians, Helen became […]

Celsa Steel

We have been putting BS 4142:2014 Methods for rating and assessing industrial and commercial sound to good use on a variety of recent projects in the Midlands and north of England recently, having assessed noise generated by a number of industrial complexes and the potential noise impact they may have on existing and future residents […]

Celsa Steel

We have been putting BS 4142:2014 Methods for rating and assessing industrial and commercial sound to good use on a variety of recent projects in the Midlands and north of England recently, having assessed noise generated by a number of industrial complexes and the potential noise impact they may have on existing and future residents […]

Mid-Year Muse

I’m sure the team at RBA aren’t the only people questioning where on earth the first half of 2018 has escaped to? It’s flown by, and we have had the pleasure of working on some extraordinary projects throughout the UK – as well as having had the pleasure of welcoming Joe Allen, Robert Harris-Marshall and […]

Unite – St Vincent’s Place

Unite’s St Vincent’s Place is located in the centre of Sheffield close to the city’s central University campuses and the Crucible Theatre, O2 Academy venue and many other cultural establishments. The development provides a choice of classic accommodation for the city’s student population. A variety of en-suite rooms and apartments of up to 4 bedrooms. […]

Alliance of Construction Networks Acoustics Conference

As 2018 heads into a hot sunny spring, RBA director Russell Richardson is very much looking forward to giving a talk at the Alliance of Construction Networks Acoustics Conference in June. The discussion will be surrounding the topic of ensuring compliance with acoustic standards in schools. To find out more about the event, please take […]

EuroNoise 2018

RBA director Russell Richardson is very excited to be sharing his paper at the upcoming Euronoise 2018. The conference is to be held in Crete this May, and covers all aspects of noise and acoustics – from Room and Building Acoustics, all the way through to Electroacoustics and Underwater Sound. Although Russell won’t be in […]

EuroNoise 2018

RBA director Russell Richardson is very excited to be sharing his paper at the upcoming Euronoise 2018. The conference is to be held in Crete this May, and covers all aspects of noise and acoustics – from Room and Building Acoustics, all the way through to Electroacoustics and Underwater Sound. Although Russell won’t be in […]

#WednesdayWisdom – Acoustics Facts

In the spirit of #WednesdayWisdom we thought we should share some lighthearted Acoustic “facts”. How many of the below were you aware of, I wonder? “Acoustics” comes from the Greek words, “akoustikos,” which pertains to hearing, “akoustos,” which means “heard” or “audible,” and “akouein,” which means “to hear.” The human ear can’t distinguish an echo […]

Spring has Sprung!

Spring is finally upon us, and the days are finally getting a little longer and a little warmer. (Though sadly not as warm as RBA Barcelona!). As always, we are extremely busy working on some really cool projects; cinemas, bars, some pretty ginormous residential developments, and SO many more. Russell Richardson had a wonderful time […]

RBA Welcomes a New Consultant to the London Office

On Monday 26th February we had the pleasure of welcoming Joe Allen to the London office as an Assistant Consultant. Joe is joining us having completed his PHD and will be involved in a vast array of our more southern projects throughout the UK.

Dirty Martini – Manchester

Dirty Martini has continued its UK expansion and has recently opened its doors in the centre of Manchester. Located on the corner of Deansgate and Peter Street, the sophisticated cocktail bar delivers a range of signature cocktails and of course a variety of martinis in a glamorous setting. RBA Acoustics worked closely with the bar’s […]

Everyman Everywhere

RBA have had the pleasure of being involved with the development of Everyman Cinemas all over the UK for quite some time now. That being said, we were absolutely delighted to see this news item regarding the progression of Everyman in Altrincham – read about it here! Everyman, which prides itself on picturehouses with an […]

Ironman 70.3

One of our brilliant consultants at RBA, James Stokes, has bravely taken on the challenge of an Ironman later this year to raise money for Cancer Research UK. The Ironman Weymouth event is a total distance of 70.3 miles, broken into – Swim (1.2mile/1.9km), Cycle (56mile/90km), Run (13.1mile/21.2km). This will obviously be a gruelling endeavour, […]

Former Nestle Factory

RBA are very pleased to have been appointed on Barratt London’s former Nestle factory site in Hayes Middlesex. The intention is to transform the original site into 1381 residential units, and we will be assisting Barratt London from the design stage of works through to completion. We are certain to be posting updates throughout the […]

Acoustics and the Planning Process

On Wednesday 10th January Helen Sheldon was welcomed at Turley, Manchester to provide a CPD talk. It was a brilliant session, covering all things ‘Acoustics and the Planning Process’ for their Wednesday ‘lunch & learn’ session yesterday.

Happy New Year!

RBA Acoustics are incredibly excited to be back in the office to continue working on our amazing projects worldwide this year. We would like to wish all of our clients, suppliers, friends and acquaintances a happy, healthy, successful 2018. Let’s make it a great one!

Long Term Monitoring Fleet

In 2017 RBA Acoustics almost doubled its fleet of state of the art long term noise and vibration monitoring equipment. We now have in excess of thirty noise and vibration monitoring units available for hire. All units can provide SMS and email alerts as well as remote login for real time assessment. The growth in […]

RBA Festive Fun at Nuala

Last Friday RBA had the pleasure of getting the London and Manchester teams together for the annual Christmas Do. Held in Nuala, Old Street, we got to see first-hand how one of our clients had created an amazing atmosphere for both dining and celebrating. The food was exceptional and we all came away both merry […]

King’s Hill

This month RBA Acoustics has been working on a 3 dimensional acoustic model of the proposed King’s Hill  residential development in West Walling. The model is used to predict both façade incident noise levels and to produce noise contours for the surrounding areas.

BBC Television Centre

The BBC Television Centre has been an iconic building housing the production of national and worldwide broadcastings to the masses for over 50 years. RBA Acoustics is proud to be working alongside SOHO House & Co. on the challenging design of this multi-storey entertainment and bar facility to serve members within surrounding areas. The club […]

Manchester’s Civic Quarter Heat Network

Vital Energi are one of the country’s best known providers of sustainable and renewable energy schemes, so RBA are extremely pleased to have the opportunity to work with them on the Manchester Civic Quarter Heat Network. The scheme will include and connect several iconic Manchester buildings, including Manchester Town Hall & Extension, Manchester Central Convention […]

Russell Richardson Chairs Judges at Noise Abatement Society Awards

Last Tuesday 31st October Russell Richardson was warmly welcomed as the Chairman of the Judges at the Noise Abatement Society Awards. The society began circa 1960, when John Connell lobbied the Noise Abatement Act through parliament, making noise a statutory nuisance in the UK for the first time, the new noise legislation to be enforced […]

Battersea Power Station Energy Centre

RBA Acoustics have been appointed by Vital Energi to advise on the required noise and vibration control measures for their proposed Energy Centre at the iconic Battersea Power Station re-development. The Energy Centre will provide heat and power to over 4000m2 of residential space and over 200000m2 of non-residential space. This is a challenging and […]

RBA Acoustics Welcomes New Consultants to London and Manchester

Over the past few weeks, RBA have had the pleasure of welcoming three new faces to the London and Manchester team. On Monday 9th October we made a brilliant addition to the Manchester office. After 15 years in the industry working at Spectrum Acoustics, NHBC and Sandy Brown, Helen Sheldon has joined the Manchester team […]

Harrow View East

RBA have recently had the pleasure of working with Barratt London on the redevelopment of the former Kodak site, soon to be called Harrow View East. The development will comprise of multiple residential blocks (1800+ units), community facilities, assisted living care, offices and an energy centre. Completion is due in 2021 and we look forward […]

RBA expands its fleet of Norsonics

We are excited to continue our good relations with Campbell Associates and to add to our equipment inventory with more Norsonic Nor140 units. The Nor140 is a sophisticated and versatile piece of kit which is very popular with everyone at RBA. We look forward to christening them with some new noise surveys soon, and obviously […]

White City Living

Following our work for St Edward Homes at Kensington Row, RBA have recently had the pleasure of working with St James, a subsidiary of Berkeley Group on Phase 2 of White City Living. This new phase of the White City Living development will consist of extra care/social housing, providing up to 415 homes over 25 […]

Welcoming New Members to the RBA Team

RBA are pleased to welcome a new team member to the London office – Toby Walton. We’ve also welcomed Tom Davies-Smith to the team as our student consultant for the year. Each year we encourage students from universities that we have built strong relationships with to spend their placement year with RBA. This often happens […]

RBA Talk at the Annual Wates Design Forums

RBA recently gave two presentations as part of the Annual Wates Design Forums. The two events, held in the north and south of the UK, are an opportunity for the Wates teams to get together to review company information, as well as a fantastic opportunity to learn about other aspects of the design process, thanks […]

The Lanesborough Club & Spa

The Lanesborough hotel at Hyde Park Corner has recently undergone redevelopment.  As part of this renovation, a deluxe health club & spa has been constructed in the former Al Jazeera offices next door. The Lanesborough Club & Spa is one of London’s most exclusive private member fitness and health clubs. Employed by project managers Tower […]

New Wakefield Street, Manchester

RBA Acoustics are proud to have recently been working alongside Unite on their new proposed 30 storey student accommodation tower in the heart of Manchester, designed by Simpson Haugh. Our involvement has included carrying out a full environmental noise survey around the proposed building, considering noise emanating from the elevated railway lines opposite passing through […]

RBA are Recruiting!

Acoustic Consultant / Senior Consultant RBA Acoustics are seeking an intelligent, pragmatic and hard-working individual to join our team, with opportunities in London and Manchester. We are ideally looking for a candidate with a minimum of 4 years’ experience. An all-encompassing role, you will manage and be involved in a wide variety of projects from […]

RBA Acoustics Project Shortlisted for Stirling Prize

The Royal Institute of British Architects has revealed the shortlist of 6 projects vying for the 2017 edition of the RIBA Stirling Prize, which is awarded annually to the building that is judged to have made the greatest contribution to British architecture in the past year. One of RBA’s projects, Barrett’s Grove, has been shortlisted. Designed by one of our […]

Noise Limiters for Music Entertainment Venues

Every month RBA hold an internal seminar whereby each consultant gets a chance to share their experience/knowledge on a topic which interests them most with the rest of the team. This month’s seminar was held by Callum Brewer, who covered the topic of Noise Limiters for Music Entertainment Venues. A relevant choice of topic given […]

2017 GRADnet Summer School

Director Russell Richardson recently spent a thoroughly enjoyable day leading sessions at the 2017 GRADnet Summer School at the National Physical Laboratory. GRADnet, the largest physics post graduate research school in England, is part of the South East Physics Network (SEPnet), a consortium of nine leading universities promoting physics. Russell presented at the 2015 summer school and […]

RBA Acoustics reach the Final of the Acoustic Cup

On Wednesday 28th June the RBA 5-a-side football team took to the pitch for the 6th annual Acoustic Cup. In scorching sunlight, all teams battled it out match by match in a bid to make it to the final. RBA narrowly missed out on the winner’s trophy during the final, losing only by 1-0, falling just […]

ANC Acoustics Awards

RBA were delighted to be presented with two prizes  at the recent ANC acoustics awards held in Birmingham. First was a Commendation for our work on the Flat Iron Square project in Southwark. The RBA team were also awarded the Institute of Acoustics’ Peter Lord Award for our work on the Queen Street scheme. The […]

RBA’s 15th Birthday at the Crystal Maze

On Friday 23rd June, RBA ditched our computers and our hard hats to indulge in some childish and nostalgic fun at the Crystal Maze. Our summer outing commemorates RBA’s 15th anniversary of business and quite rightly, we all eagerly took the “ultimate team challenge” head on. The afternoon of some “healthy” competitive team-building was swiftly followed by a […]

Wates Construction’s Design Management Forum

RBA’s Russell Richardson and James Stokes were delighted to be asked to contribute to Wates Construction’s Design Management Forum on 14th June. The forum, chaired by Wates’  Group Design Director, Andrew Barraclough, brings together Wates’ design managers from across the country to discuss various aspects of their business, processes and future direction. As part of […]

The Acoustic Design of Critical Listening Spaces

Every month RBA hold an internal seminar whereby each consultant gets a chance to share their experience/knowledge on a topic which interests them most with the rest of the team. This month’s seminar was held by Pritham D’Souza, who covered the topic of acoustic design of critical listening spaces; a great choice of topic given the […]

SIMA – Madrid

RBA are pleased to be attending the SIMA EXPO, Madrid’s international real estate exhibition on 25 and 26 May 2017. As RBA’s representative in Spain, Ignacio Alonso will be meeting with real estate sector specialists. https://simaexpo.com/en/

Croonian Lecture

This year’s Croonian Lecture, entitled ‘Now You Hear It, Now You Don’t: The Neuroscience of Deafness’, expertly exemplified how many physiological and psychological factors contribute to our response to noise. One of our consultants was lucky enough to get a ticket to the sold-out Royal Society event to see Professor Jonathan F. Ashmore, Croonian Medallist […]

8000 Projects

Just ahead of the bank holiday weekend, RBA Acoustics celebrated hitting our eight-thousandth project! A wonderful way to kick start the long weekend and head into Spring, as we continue to work on a vast array of exciting projects worldwide.

Greenford Green

Greenford Green, the UK’s largest purpose-designed build to rent scheme to date, has received planning approval from the London Borough of Ealing’s Planning Committee. The project by US Multifamily operator Greystar and with a design team led by HTA Design will redevelop derelict, former industrial land adjacent to the Grand Union Canal in Greenford into […]

Kings Cross Bridge

Following the successful redevelopment of the Lighthouse building in King’s Cross, redevelopment of the neighbouring building known as King’s Cross Bridge is underway. The King’s Cross Bridge project consists of the demolition and redevelopment of the existing premises and its name is a consequence of the development sitting on the underground and railway tunnels directly […]

Heathrow’s Surrounding Areas

RBA Acoustics recently commissioned a new residential development in the London Borough of Hounslow. The site is located close to Heathrow airport and the commissioning measurements took account of both Westerly and Easterly operations. With the Government recently having given consent for a third runway at Heathrow this is an area which is going to […]

Lombard Road Update

RBA have been assisting with the Lombard Road project since the design phase (see more here), and we now have some spectacular images of the site as it is nearing completion. We think it looks great… the river views aren’t too bad either!

How Building Regulations Could Be Improved

RBA Acoustics were recently asked to provide a written account of how we feel building regulations could be improved. This piece has since been featured in the ADF magazine. Here at RBA Acoustics, we spend a considerable amount of time offering our professional interpretation of Building Regulations requirements (specifically with regard to Part E, Resistance to […]

A Placement Year at RBA Acoustics

Last Wednesday, RBA had the pleasure of attending the recruitment fairs at both Salford and Southampton University. The level of engagement and talent at both fairs was evident and we were honoured to have met so many young acousticians at the beginning of their careers. We are now in the process of looking for the […]

Sounds Delicious

It is with great pleasure that RBA Acoustics have been able to provide expert advice for a new high-end restaurant and cocktail bar in Mayfair, London. The brief required detailed modelling to establish the reverberant and speech intelligibility characteristics of the space. This allowed us to specify treatment to achieve desirable acoustic conditions. Restaurants can […]

Russell Richardson becomes Chairman of Inspectors

Director Russell Richardson has been appointed as the Chairman of Inspectors for Robust Details Ltd. Russell was one of the original consultants appointed by Robust Details when it was formed in 2003. Since then several more members of RBA Acoustics have also provided inspectorate services to Robust Details, with Alex Wyatt, Andrew Heath, Ignacio Alonso […]

Great Howard Street (A565), Liverpool – Bridge Replacement

The Great Howard Street Bridge between Liverpool and Sefton supports Great Howard Street and the adjacent tunnel. The bridge recently failed the last structural assessment and is therefore being replaced. As part of the demolition and construction works, we are undertaking noise and vibration monitoring at the site boundaries to monitor and record noise and […]

Be At One

RBA Acoustics has been working alongside Be At One for several years now, the company provides high quality cocktail bars in numerous locations across the UK. Examples of the services we carry out for them include sound system limiter setting and calibration – working alongside the relevant local authority; assessment of the music and patron […]

Largest Single Appointment

RBA Acoustics have been appointed the main acoustic consultants on their largest mixed use development to date. Grounds formerly used for police training at the Peel Centre, Colindale will contain 24 blocks leading to over 2900 new homes, cafes, restaurants and retail facilities. The development provides particular challenges as train and Underground lines run the […]

Nuestro proyecto de mayor tamaño hasta la fecha

Hemos sido contratados en el que es nuestro proyecto individual de mayor tamaño hasta la fecha. Más de 2900 viviendas repartidas en 24 bloques, cafés, restaurantes y locales comerciales están propuestos en la antigua academia de policía de Peel en Colindale. Líneas de tren y metro corren paralelas al terreno de esta promoción y por […]

“Un efecto de sonido en la gente”

Russell Richardson ha participado recientemente en la grabación de un podcast junto a la presentadora Salma Cranefield y el diseñador de Ecophon Shane Cryer. El episodio que se puede ver en el link de abajo resalta la importancia de que las escuelas, institutos y universidades tengan buena acústica. No es solo importante para que los […]