Hewshott’s acoustics team provides advice and solutions for a wide range of acoustic projects. Hewshott believe that architecture requires a collaborative process between architects and acoustic consultants from the early stages of the design process, in order to create the appropriate sonic atmosphere and comfort, while complying with the design criteria and the relevant regulations. Carefully engineered acoustics can often be related to saving energy and providing, in general terms, greater comfort for those who inhabit or use the space.
There are wonderful examples of amazing acoustics created throughout history, such as the ancient Ephesus theatre (2300 years ago), 17th century neoclassicals’ Scala in Milan or the breathtaking 19th century Teatro Colon in Argentina, known to be one of the five best-sounding concert venues in the world. However, although none of the architects responsible for those buildings used any reliable formulas to calculate reverberation times or estimate the energy transferred through a wall, they did count on experts with deep knowledge in materials, who understood the physics behind sound diffusion.
In the 21st century, acoustics is somewhat different, with a broad range of applications. Whilst every acoustician relishes the opportunity to work on high-profile or large-scale arts and music venues, acoustic considerations are every bit as important when designing and building other types of buildings, for example in an office or residential development, a restaurant or nightclub.
Hewshott’s acousticians’ origins are in music and architecture, and provide the perfect blend of expertise and engineering knowledge with understanding, craft and creativity, thus complementing architects and interior designers. Hewshott understands the nature of the space and will assist in providing details for construction requirements, such as walls, partitions, doors, windows, air conditioning or others. Hewshott assist architects, engineers and builders in the design of residential buildings, offices, theatres, concert halls, recording studios and any other enjoyable space that demands the invisible element of building and design that is acoustics.