A police and court building with poor acoustics and unsuitable noise control measures can result in inadmissible evidence due to lack of privacy or intelligibility during police interviews/court proceedings.
The acoustics within Police and Court buildings need to comply with the Home Office guidance (PACE standards) to ensure they are fit for purpose. These buildings may also need to comply with BREEAM Hea 5 and Pol 5. In addition, court schemes are required to meet the criteria within the Court Standards and Design Guide.
We provide advice to designers and can assess police and court environments to achieve good conditions for privacy and acoustics. We have experience in both new and refurbishment projects. As with most projects, appointing us at the early stage of the development will ensure the appropriate acoustics strategy is developed with the design.We have experience in both new and refurbishment projects. As with most projects, appointing an acoustic consultant at the early stage of the development can ensure the appropriate acoustics strategy is developed with the design. For a police or court building scheme we can provide advice for the duration of the project, from the initial planning stage, to the detailed design and post construction testing.
Recent completed projects include Gloucester’s Coroners Court, VOSA Bristol, Bridewell Police Station, Bristol; and Bournemouth Police Station. We are currently working on a high number of schemes with Avon and Somerset Police, these include new build and refurbishments of existing buildings to meet the PACE and BREEAM standards.
Photography credit: Roberts Limbrick Architects.