The entertainment and leisure sector, like the commercial sector, is varied and includes:
- Music Venues
- Bowling Alleys
- Sports Centres
- Pubs and Night Clubs
Given the wide variety of uses and design requirements, each building or space will need to implement acoustic solutions and treatments to improve the acoustic environment to required levels. This can make the entertainment and leisure sector particularly challenging especially when more than one use is needed within the same space or building.
Example of multi-use within a building
For music venues built as part of a community project it is not uncommon for the building to consist of a main performance hall, one or more practice rooms, a recording studio, office and even a small cafe or coffee shop.
Each area, will need to have different room acoustics and sound cannot be allowed to travel between both horizontal and vertical partitions. Given the varying degrees of sound pressure levels that may be present, depending on the use and type of music being performed, a clear understanding of the building layout is imperative to produce the correct specification to meet design parameters.
What does this mean ?
Sound Insulation and reverberation are critical to these spaces performing both as individual areas as well as a complete building. Whilst the finished build can be tested for sound insulation and reverberation, the remedial work costs can be both expensive and time consuming.
Critical listening spaces may also need to take in to account acoustic aspects such diffusion, room mode and, anti-vibration measures.
Achieving the required acoustic environment
The solution could be as simple as adding a small amount of material to help control reverberation.
Spaces such as gyms may find that the main cause of noise is created through weights and equipment being dropped on to a hard floor. By introducing suitable impact resistant flooring this noise can be reduced to acceptable levels.
It may be so complex that it takes acoustic modelling and computer simulation to prove a design concept is both viable and cost effective. This is an option where different spaces require different performance criteria or when multiple levels are required.
Where noise becomes an issue complaints may be made and the local council may become involved.
Additional advice can be found on the Government’s website on how councils may deal with noise nuisances and complaints.
To resolve complaints Environmental Noise Assessments may need to be carried out to identify the scale of the issue.