Meet the Team

As a company ethos we ensure no member concentrates on one specific area of noise and acoustics.

We employ a mixture of both young and experienced acousticians including a team of ANC accredited technicians based in Bristol, Manchester and South Wales who can advise on a wide range of noise and acoustics.

 

As a company ethos we ensure no member concentrates on one specific area of noise and acoustics. This ensures all employees gain valuable experience in the field and can assist clients with their queries.

Currently we employ 10 acousticians who are all members of the Institute of Acoustics (IOA) and an Office Manager.

Our team members…

Daniel Oldaker

Daniel Oldaker

Director | BSc (Hons) MIOA

Daniel joined the team in 2005 after graduating with a First Class (Honours) in Engineering from the University of the West of England.

Daniel has been a Director in the company since 2013 and is our key Educational, Building Acoustic and Sporting use specialist. Daniel has a keen interest in noise from sporting activity and is currently the key technical acoustic advisor to the Sport England publication Acoustic Design Guidance Note for Artificial Grass Pitches (AGP). Daniel also regularly undertakes CPD’s, lectures to both students and his peers in all areas of acoustics. Daniel is a full Member of the Institute of Acoustics (MIOA).

Blake Lucas

Blake Lucas

Director | BEng (Hons) MIOA

Originally from Swansea, Blake completed a degree in Sound Engineering at University of Glamorgan, (now University of South Wales). After realising the dream of working in a recording studio was unlikely and using his firm base in physics and maths Blake decided to embark on a career in Acoustic Consultancy.

Blake joined the team in 2007 after graduating with a First Class Honours in Sound Engineering. After over ten years of working within acoustics over a wide spectrum of schemes he has valuable experience in the field which enables him to address almost all acoustic queries quickly, efficiently and most importantly in the correct manner.

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Since 2013 Blake has graduated to a Director within the company and is involved in the day to day running of the company.

Blake is also currently heading up our Welsh office and successfully growing our client base in the area. Significant Welsh clients include local authorities, developers, architects, planning consultants and contractors. Blake is a full Member of the Institute of Acoustics (MIOA) and an accredited ANC tester.

Significant schemes Blake works on include:

Finzels Reach, Bristol – One of his longest running schemes with the initial work starting by us in 2010. The advice has included planning, BREEAM and building regulations advice and testing for all residential elements of the scheme. Originally appointed to work on the Castle Wharf, Hop Store, Malt House, and Bridgwater House elements of the scheme with Sisk and Sons. After a stall in the development we were successful in our bids and have recently been advising and testing for the Cask Store, George’s Wharf and Hawkins Lane apartments blocks built specifically for the private rental market.
Evelina Children’s Hospital – Scope of works has included HTM 08-01 advice and testing for the redevelopment of the Level 1 and Level 6 elements at this prestigious hospital Working closely with Galliford Try the advice has included building performance advice such as included room acoustic, sound insulation and building services noise control. The Level 6 scheme is due for completion in 2018 with Level 1 to follow in 2019.

Lidl Head Office – Following our successful noise and acoustic advice to Lidl over the last 20 years we were invited and successful in our tender for the planning and detailed design advice on this interesting scheme. The work to date has involved detailed noise control, room acoustic and sound insulation advice from planning through the design stages. We have used innovative tools such as CATT and auralisation to demonstrate to the client different treatments and sound attenuation system to ensure the client can have informed decision on each acoustic treatment.
Ysgol Pen Rhos (formerly Seaside/Copperworks School) is a recently constructed BREEAM and BB93 development on the former Copperworks site in Llanelli. Working for Carmarthen County Council and TRJ construction we provided planning, BB93 and BREEAM noise and acoustic advice. The building is of masonry and SIPS panel with neutral timber surfaces to achieve the architect’s design aesthetic. Sound absorbent timber slats were used as ceiling treatments to
achieve the required reverberation times whilst the building fabric comprised SIPS and Masonry to provide adequate sound insulation in an inner city environment.

Post construction testing was undertaken to verify compliance with the Building regulations requirements and BREEAM.

Pedro Rodrigues

Pedro Rodrigues

Senior Acoustic Consultant | MSc Civil Engineer (CEng), MIOA

Pedro is originally from Portugal. He joined Acoustic Consultants Limited in June 2018 and has over 9 years’ of acoustics experience. He is a full Member of the Institute of Acoustics (MIOA) and a recognised Chartered Engineer in the UK (CEng) from University of Porto. Pedro’s expertise extends into all branches of acoustics, including architectural acoustics, noise and vibration control and environmental noise surveys and assessments.

In addition, he is an advanced/ expert user of CadnaA noise modelling software and also has advanced experience in the use of EASE/Odeon/CATT 3D interior acoustic modelling software (predominantly applied in multipurpose halls, games halls, lecture theatres, open plan classrooms, and mosques and large atrium projects).

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Pedro has experience working in all types of projects including: school design, hospitals, offices, mixed used developments, industrial, mechanical noise and sound insulation testing (laboratorial & residential).

Pedro is supporting the Directors and Senior Consultants in providing additional technical expertise and knowledge for both clients and less senior consultants.

Jeff Sharples

Jeff Sharples

Senior Acoustic Consultant | MIOA

Jeff heads up our Manchester Office. Jeff has over 5 years’ experience noise and acoustics, an Association of Noise Consultants (ANC) tester and a Member of the Institute of Acoustics (MIOA). Jeff is well equipped to undertake noise and acoustic advice and surveys for planning applications.

Jeff is an accredited Association of Noise Consultants (ANC) tester and has considerable experience with advising and testing for Approved Document ‘E’. Jeff is supported by the staff in our Bristol office and as such either he or the Bristol office can address any noise and acoustic related query.

Stephen Peliza

Stephen Peliza

Senior Acoustic Consultant | BSc (Bath), MSc (Bristol), CEng, MIOA, MCIBSE, Eur. Ing

With over 40 years’ experience, Stephen works on all aspects of noise and acoustics and has worked on thousands of successful projects in the UK. He provides an all-encompassing technical guidance role for the team. Past work includes expert evidence for planning and legal cases.

His concept has always been to advise in a manner which Clients can understand, since this is crucial if projects are to be a success. Stephen is a full Member of the Institute of Acoustics (MIOA).

Samuel Lawrence

Samuel Lawrence

Acoustic Consultant | BA (Hons) (TechIOA)

Samuel graduated from Bath Spa University in July 2017 with a degree in Creative Music Technology. Samuel spent 4 months on an internship at our Bristol office during the the summer of 2016 between his second and third year of studies. He spent his final year of his degree developing an augmented reality acoustic system using CATT Acoustic and a VR headset. Samuel started working for us full time in July 2017. He is a quick learner and excels in technology, coding and most importantly, acoustics.

Samuel has an associate membership with the Institute of Acoustics (AMIOA) and is quickly gaining experience and knowledge in the field. Samuel is an ANC accredited tester and proficient in advising on all schemes from residential through to educational development’s.

James Curtis

James Curtis

Acoustic Consultant | BSc (Hons) AMIOA

James graduated from UWE in July 2014 with a degree in Audio and Music Technology. James started with us in October 2017. James is actively progressing his knowledge in acoustics by studying for an IOA diploma. James has proven skilful at site work. This includes noise surveys, sound insulation testing and using his previously obtained electrical knowledge on larger construction sites where long term powered Noise, Vibration and Dust installations are required. James is an accredited Association of Noise Consultants (ANC) tester and an Associate Member of the Institute of Acoustics (AMIOA).

James is currently leading our Approved Document E testing services and is the main contact for booking and providing fee proposals to clients sound insulation tests.

James Abbass

James Abbass

Trainee Acoustic Consultant | BSc (Hons) Tech IOA

James Abbass joined Acoustic Consultants Limited in September 2018. James graduated from the University of Glamorgan in 2009 with a degree in Sound Engineering and Technology. After working for a number of years within the Energy assessment sector, James decided to pursue both a career in acoustics and further his education with a MSC in Applied Acoustics.

James is in his second and final of year of his Masters and has recently joined us. James will be assisting Blake in growing our Welsh office and local acoustic projects and has proven skilful at site work, reporting and client liaison. James will be an accredited Association of Noise Consultants (ANC) tester before the end of the year and an Associate Member of the Institute of Acoustics (AMIOA).

Fergal Denman

James Abbass

Trainee Acoustic Consultant | BSc (Hons)

Fergal joined the team in March 2019 as a Trainee Acoustic Consultant after graduating from Southampton Solent University where he studied Audio Engineering.

Ricki Demmery

Ricki Demmery

Trainee Acoustic Consultant | BSc (Hons)

Ricki joined the team in July 2019 as a Trainee Acoustic Consultant after graduating from Southampton Solent University where he studied Audio Engineering.

Helen Harris

Helen Harris

Office Manager

Helen joined Acoustic Consultants Limited in July 2018 after working for the NHS. Helen is our Business Development and Office Manager.

Since starting she has been utilising her skills obtained at the NHS in providing assistance to the company. Helen provides an all encompassing role which includes administration work, client liaison and developing our marketing strategy.

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