Chapel Barn

Chapel Barn

The Wilderness Reserve is set in 5,000 acres of Suffolk countryside, amongst rolling hills, vast blue skies and umpteen lakes, featuring a plethora of quaint countryside cottages, barn conversions and luxurious farmhouses. Perfect for getting away from it all. City dwellers seeking weekend respite cycle leisurely around the estate on pashley bicycles, sip champagne whilst they row a boat across the ornamental lake or play tennis on one of the many courts, all set to the backdrop of quintessential English countryside.

Direct Acoustics had the pleasure of first working with Wilderness Reserve back in 2017 on Sibton Park. The Orangery, a desirable event space, attached to Sibton Manor needed some attention and we had a charming time installing our most advanced technologies, including an invisible audio system to solve noise problems from larger functions and weddings. 

Fast forward to this year, the year of the staycation, Direct Acoustics were back at Wilderness Reserve putting the final touches on Chapel Barn – the estate’s newest addition to the family. A Suffolk Long Barn, all thatched roofs and oak beams, converted to offer laid-back luxury and generous event spaces for weddings and celebrations, it has been kitted out with a steam room, home cinema, gym, sauna, pool and hot tub (because nothing says luxury quite like a hot tub) to accompany it’s 18 bedrooms. And it’s gorgeous.

Our brief was to provide high quality audio within the venue’s two event spaces, limited not to cause nuisance and be fully controllable for management no matter their location: on the estate or the further afield London offices. As with the rest of the estate, Chapel Barn is picture-perfect, and so it’s no wonder that, in addition to these requirements, there was the added touch that not a single speaker could be seen.

The Barn

The barn consisted of a Martin Audio CDD10 front of house PA and supporting MA CDD6’s trailing down the length of the listed barn. We adopted K-Array KU26 subs to flood the venue with subtle low level bass and due to their slimline design, installed them into the barn’s wall cavity. Tucked away and discreet to not ruin the aesthetic.

Games Room

Downstairs lies the games room, complete with swimming pool and gym. Here the audio experience was focused around the 80 inch TV and our 7.1 Surround Sound offering. This consisted of the impressive and ultra compact Outline Vegas 24 installed within the viewing wall, Audica Micropoints providing back projection and 8 Martin Audio CDD5 speakers suspended over the sofa within the curved ornate ceiling. When the TV is turned off and the party comes downstairs, the venue relies on this system working in conjunction with a portable twin Martin Audio XD12 set up.

Control

Every installation we undertake ensures control takes priority and disturbance at nearby residential dwellings is a non issue. Both speaker systems are linked back to the server room where a range of Powersoft Install Amplifiers and Symetrix Prism Process Limiters manipulate every frequency and volume level emitted through each individual speaker, a feature key to the venue achieving their licensing permission. Connectivity is achieved throughout Chapel Barn via Atterotech unD6IO-BT Dante™ Bluetooth Audio Interface’s.

Bronze Grilles

We like to think the team can tackle most challenges thrown at them and when Chapel Barn discussed the option of each speaker having an intricate and ornate grill cut into aged bronze, we just had to give it a go. 

Our design, whilst focusing on its visual impact, ensured the pattern maintained >33% open area for acoustic transparency. To enable service access and ease of installation, a 12.5mm x 25mm bronze angle frame was brazed together using silver soldier and supporting brackets, installed to flush fix the laser cut plate.

Following their success, our team later fabricated identical grilles for the gym and long barn air conditioning vents, as well as 3m water drainage grilles around the floor of the swimming pool.

Licensing

With the help of Direct Acoustics and Peter Rodgers of Sustainable Acoustics, Chapel Barn were granted a full 365 day license to permit Regulated Entertainment within the venue.

A range of methods were employed including underlying acoustic surveys, feasibility studies and real world subjective assessments. This all proved pivotal evidence as Peter Rodgers of Sustainable Acoustics was used as an expert witness during the licensing hearing.

And so this delightful estate now has an additional event space, ideal for weddings and group gatherings, without having to worry about the noise. Time to book in for a weekend retreat we think!

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Syon Park

Syon Park

A 21st birthday party that posed the challenge of needing to deliver exceptional volume levels with people sleeping less than 80m’s away. We created a one of a kind marquee to achieve it.

Introduction

The 200 acre London residence of the Duke of Northumberland with its grand 16th century house makes Syon Park a picturesque and unique venue. Looking to celebrate a 21st in style, the client chose the site but understood it couldn’t accommodate the size or style they desired and opted to use a temporary marquee attached to the rear for the main party.

However, this posed an issue, less than 50m’s from the marquee were a number of houses. The proximity of these dwellings meant noise disturbance would be an issue, especially with the client wishing to party until 4am

Challenge


Unrestricted dancefloor level and a 4am finish time with neighbours less than 80m’s away meant any typical audio setup would always cause a noise poblem

Solution


Employing multiple layers of composite soundproofing including our innovative Acoustic Lining alongside the Zone Array, unique bass floor and standard PA we created a one off acoustically enclosed marquee

Results


Working alongside multiple organisations we ultilised a control at source and boundary strategy to allow a 100dB dancefloor level with no impact to nearby residents

Plan

Direct Acoustics were approached to work in conjunction with the acoustic consultants, production company and marquee supplier to create a bespoke solution for the event. Considering the proximity, low ambient level and required volume level on the dancefloor it became clear that we’d need to employ our full range of products to meet the brief. 

After extensive planning and coordination with all parties we formulated a mitigation plan. Our team, collaborating closely with suppliers, worked within a tight timeline to install the solution in the 15x15m marquee with a 4m leg. 

We fitted a double layer of our marquee acoustic linings combined with traditional soundproofing in the marquee totaling 4000Kg’s, achieving an impressive 48dB Rw Ctr. 

A 112 panel Zone Array was installed in conjunction with a standard PA and a unique vibrating bass floor giving the acoustic consultants complete control over volume and frequency specifics. 

 

Results

The consultants were onsite to monitor the event and reported running the dancefloor at 100dB whilst having no audible impact on the nearby residents. In fact they ended up turning down the system because it was too loud for the guests!  

The combination of the bass floor and Zone Array created a unique setup complimenting each other. They delivered great results across the spectrum of sound whilst maintaining complete control in where and how much sound was present. Add in the extensive soundproofing we installed to absorb the excess sound energy and we ended up with a one of a kind environment that performed beyond expectations!

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Dulwich Picture Gallery

Dulwich Picture Gallery

Established as England’s first ever public picture gallery, Dulwich Picture Gallery is a unique and architecturally intriguing venue.

Introduction

The events team have been holding events for years, predominantly within the gallery itself however occasionally the need for larger parties to be held within the grounds of the venue arises.

Historically a few events have seen noise complaints occur, understandably considering neighbouring properties are just 83 metres away. This proved an issue for one particular couple who needed to obtain a TENS licence from Southwark Council. As is becoming often with granting TENS applications, Dulwich Picture Gallery needed to prove noise emissions could be controlled to meet relevant criteria and ensure complaints would not occur.

Challenge


A wedding party needed unrestricted volume limits but with houses only 83m’s away any typical setup wouldn’t be able to offer the control to get permission

Solution


Zone Array directional speakers and a combination of MAL16/MAL22 acoustic linings.

Results


Dancefloor levels of 98dB were achieved while the boundary readings did not exceed 43dB

Plan

Direct Acoustics compiled a site specific acoustic mitigation design, incorporating the bride and grooms need for an 8 piece jazz band, 1am finish and uncompromised dancefloor volume levels.

After a night of ambient data gathering for Richard, a venue specific noise management plan and regular mediation, Southwark Council approved the TENS application in the knowledge that our heavyweight 22dB acoustic lining and Zone Array speaker system will be used to full effect to create a soundproof marquee dance tent

Within the incredibly tight timeline we installed a 80 panel Zone Array above the dancefloor and fitted the marquee facing the nearby residents with our Acoustic Linings. 

During the event we had a acoustic engineer taking measurements, relaying this information to a sound engineer in the marquee who could control the overall volume and specific frequencies. 

 

 

Results

The combination of the high directionality of the Zone Array with the acoustic absorption of the lining meant we were able to provide 98dB on the dancefloor while at the boundary maintaining only 43dB even while a 8 piece jazz band played! The client was ecstatic at how well the night went and the gallery very pleased with the results and lack of any complaints.

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Riverford Organic Farms

Riverford, Wash Barn Farm

Our client was Riverford Organic Farmers. They’ve got a big warehouse in Devon which smells of strawberries! It’s where they box up their organic meat and vegetables into the 47,000 boxes they dispatch to homes across the country every week.

Introduction

The manager of the facility wanted to provide a sound system for the staff at Wash Barn so that they could listen to whatever music they wanted to while they were at work. There were ten areas across the factory – from a bright white sauce packing room full of people in lab coats pouring herbs and spices into vials, to refrigerated chambers where organic steaks are wrapped up, roots packing (spuds, carrots and kohlrabi), the green room (green vegetables), offices (even vegetables need administrators!), and the recycling area – each of which should have its own zoned speaker system.

Challenge


10 zones across a vast and complexly laid out production center each needed independent source selection and centralised control. Due to their production schedule all work had to be done during the night.

Solution


We installed an array of speakers, each specifically selected for it’s zones limitations. The technical team developed a unique distribution and control system integrated with their network that allowed authorised individuals to take control from any workstation

Results


92 speakers, over 3km of cable and 11 Raspberry Pi’s created a single distributed system that gave employees some much wanted music and managers much needed control.

Plan

Due to the very varied environmental and architectural conditions of the different areas within the warehouse, a diverse range of speaker types and installation solutions were required, from directional pendant speakers, to waterproof sealed speaker cabinets, to ceiling cans. In addition to the plug-and-play pleasure that workers at the facility could enjoy through the sound system (via both wired and wireless inputs), managers can also deploy the system for health and safety or emergency announcements.

The team worked across two weeks at night, installing the kilometers of cable needed and fixing speakers according to our plan. 

The technical team followed them, developing a site file that integrated with the 10 Raspberry Pi’s the clients team had provisioned to stream the audio to each zone. Finally, we built a remote control system that gave the managers the ability to control source, volume and emergency overrides from any workstation. 

Results

The effectiveness of the zoning of the speakers means that Chopin’s piano concertos can be tinkling away in one space, while in the adjacent area Metallica can blast out without a power chord clashing with a dainty G minor. It gave the employees a break from just listening to machinery hammer away all day while ensuring that management could maintain control in the case of an emergency or a much better song to play.  Oh, and if it’s your birthday then you got to chose what music played that day, neat.

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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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