History of Practice
Acoustic Consultants Limited was formed in 1987 by Stephen Peliza after a career working for small and large consultancy firms addressing building acoustics and noise from building services. Seeing a need in the market for specialist noise and acoustic only consultancies, Stephen started his own firm with the aim of providing high quality, independent and pragmatic advice to architects, contractors and developers.
Since 1987 the company has grown and developed with the times. The practice is now in its 30th year of trading and employ a mixture of young and experienced acousticians who advise in a wide spectrum of noise and acoustics.
We currently employing eight acousticians who are members of the Institute of Acoustics. We also have a team of ANC accredited technicians and regularly provide undergraduates with valuable work experience.
The aim of the practice is to provide effective, accurate and cost effective advice to achieve the noise and acoustic requirements of every project. The practice focuses of providing advice that is of relevance and practical in support of the design process.
The practice advises on all aspects of noise and acoustics in many different sectors. This ranges from advising on the acoustics and sound insulation of performance spaces for private clients and organisations to undertaking Environmental Impact Assessments for the largest developers in the United Kingdom for large scale residential schemes.
This includes working with clients to determine objective performance criteria based on their desired use of the spaces which is effectively a subjective impact upon people using the space. These performance criteria forms the basis of the design advice throughout the project to set benchmarks against which any design or completed project can be based.
The technical team always aim to make acoustics accessible to the lay person and explain clearly the impact any changes to the acoustics of a space may have on the proposed use. Support can be provided to the client to aid in their decision making.
The practice undertakes noise modelling and calculations to assess the acoustic conditions of the proposed building and develops, as part of the design team advice on acoustic solutions to achieve the required performance standards.
The practices uses a variety of techniques to form our advice these include our extensive experience of all types of schemes, to accurate and detailed 3D noise and acoustic modelling.
We undertake our 3D modelling with specialist software such as Cadna:A and CATT Acoustic.
We have recently developed an innovative and unique virtual reality Immersive Acoustics system which enables clients and end users to both, ”hear” and “see” a space at the design stage via an Oculus Rift headset and CATT Acoustic. This enables the client and design team have a good understanding of the acoustic benefit of each treatment.
The practice is also a full member of the Association of Noise Consultants and all consultants are members of the Institute of Acoustics.
Part of the benefit of 30 years of experience is that our database of schemes and library of gathered data is vast, ensuring our advice can be relied upon. There are very few types of scheme we have not worked on since 1987.
We have considerable of experience of cultural and educational schemes. Some educational and cultural schemes we have worked on include:
- Multiple Educational Spaces, Marlborough College, Marlborough
- Dacre Building, Emmanuel School, Battersea
- Music Block, Clifton College, Bristol
- The Moot Court, University of Bristol, Bristol
- Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS, University of London
- Phase 1, Bristol Old Vic
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