Malta Camp

Malta Camp

Summer of 2018 Direct Acoustics worked with the Order or Malta charity to deliver a week of partying for 500 young people with disabilities

Introduction

The Order of Malta worked hard to organised week of activities and adventures had been organised for the 500 young people and their carers with each day finishing up with a night of partying. To accommodate the number of guests the organisers chose to erect a marquee in a schools field giving them the flexibility of size and logistics of transporting that many people. However, less than 200m’s from the marquee across open fields were a number of residential properties. The organisers approached us to provide insight into the likely impact of music late into the night, our engineers spent an evening collecting ambient data and modeled a typical PA setup with this information. The results weren’t encouraging, any standard sound system would result in significant disturbances to the residents and have a high possibility of leading to a noise complaint that could shut down the much anticipated party. 

Challenge


Five nights of loud music and guests in a standard 5m clear span marquee with houses only 200m’s away that needed to be able to go on late into the night.

Solution


 A 144 panel highly directional Zone Array with precise control over volume combined with the noise mitigating capabilities of our heaviest lining installed throughout the marquee. With acoustic engineers attending each event.

Results


We created an acoustically sealed marquee that allowed the dancefloor to sit at an impressive 99dB with the boundary at only 40dB. The guests danced the night away while the neighbours slept peacefully. 

Plan

With careful consideration of the clients requirements for required volume level and late finishing time we developed a solution that combined Direct Acoustics strongest tools and experience. 

We proposed the use of our heaviest weight acoustic lining that can absorb up to 16dB of sound be installed throughout the marquee. This would create a acoustically treated environment that would cut out the unamplified noise and aid significantly with amplified music.

Developed to fit within the Kader track of a clear span marquee the acoustic lining was the perfect soundproofing solution for this event. We were able to install during the erection of the marquee keeping to a tight timeline required by the client. 

However, alone the acoustic lining wasn’t going to be enough to mitigate against amplified music. Our highly directional Zone Array with it’s ability to isolate the bass frequencies to just the dancefloor and exceptional volume drop off over distance compared to a standard PA was required.  

We installed 144 Zone Array Panels in a dispersed configuration to give the greatest distribution of sound across the large dancefloor whilst maintaining the directionality engineered into the system. To achieve the greatest results we provided an acoustic and sound engineer on site for all five events to closely monitor the levels on the dancefloor and boundary.

Results

The combination of the three tools used, the Acoustic Lining, Zone Array and our onsite presence resulted in five nights of fun for the guests and five nights of peaceful rest for the neighbours. We were able to maintain a more than respectable 99dB on the dancefloor while not exceeding 40dB at the boundary, well within the acceptable limits.

No noise complaints were lodged and the client was exceptionally happy with the results of the system and event! 

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Villa Arrigo, Malta

Villa Arrigo

A striking colonial style villa in the exclusive area of San Pawl Tat- Targa on the Maltese islands – has been active as a luxury wedding and events venue, hosting hundreds of events a year, since the early 1970s.

Introduction

In the grounds of the villa there is a large, elegant marquee structure with separate areas for seating, dining and dancing in which parties often continue through the night.

Sandwiched between the British Consulate on one side and the nearest neighbour only 36 meters from the venue on the other, it was essential for the management team at Villa Arigo to introduce a highly controlled noise strategy to ensure that it could continue trading without disturbing the neighbouring properties.

We were approached by design consultancy Pro Invest to work alongside the architect Edwin Mintoff to design and implement a complex series of structural and acoustic works to achieve the remodeling of the marquee.

Challenge


Running hundreds of events a year often late into the night with residents only 36m’s from the venue, Villa Arrigo needed to find a way to maintain their high volume whilst not disturbing the neighbours.

Solution


We developed and installed a custom steel portal soundproof structure with a mass audio ceiling, acoustic glass and an array of speaker options.  

Results


Villa Arrigo is now able to run events in a beautiful structure with 105dB on the dancefloor without disturbing the neighbours. 

Plan

This project brought together the full range of our experience from the decade in which we’ve been operating in the field of acoustics, incorporating a wide range of acoustic materials, our highly directional speaker system, extensive knowledge of planning and licensing restrictions in the UK (which are amongst the most developed and stringent in the world) and our engineering and acoustic expertise.

Within a construction window of a little more than a fortnight, we essentially rebuilt the entire marquee structure; incorporating a new steel portal frame, an isolated concrete roof, a mass audio ceiling, an acoustic glass function room within the structure – using the room-within-a-room principle – and a conventional PA system with a line array to run alongside our highly directional Zone Array system.

 

A note for a more technical reader

In wedding venues, we aim to generate 95dB LAeq (T 3 mins) on the dancefloor as a minimum in the majority of our installations (pretty loud) and our combined noise mitigation strategies ensure that the L90 at the monitoring location (one meter from the façade of the nearest noise sensitive dwelling) falls within acceptable parameters as defined in the Clubs and Pubs act.

At Villa Arrigo with the combination of structural interventions and the speaker systems we installed we generate 105dB on the dancefloor – twice the energy of 95dB – whilst falling well within acceptable limits at the monitoring location. For the layman that means that the venue is operating at the volume of a nightclub whilst neighbouring residents sleep undisturbed less than 40 meters away. An achievement we’re pretty proud of!

Results

 

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