Engineering design consultancy Hydrock has launched an acoustics team in its Albert Square, Manchester office with the hire of Lewis Stonehouse and Eddy Goldsmith.
As part of the company’s national acoustics practice, Stonehouse has been hired as a principal acoustic engineer from BWB Consulting to develop Hydrock’s team in Manchester. He is joined by Eddy Goldsmith, formerly with Wardell Armstrong, as a senior acoustic engineer.
Stonehouse said that noise impact is an increasingly vital component of any planning process: “As part of the revised National Planning Policy Framework, the ‘Agent of Change’ principle has been adopted which emphasises the value of entertainment and cultural uses in the context of new development, particularly residential, with regards to noise generated by existing businesses and community facilities.
“Alongside this, professional guidance issued in recent years is advising architects, planners and developers to consider noise and vibration issues at a much earlier stage in the planning process.
“With good acoustic design also playing a key part in any WELL building assessment, acoustics is increasingly a fundamental part in the development of the built environment, which makes it an exciting time to be offering this expertise to Hydrock’s clients in Manchester and the North West.”
Regional director Danny Hope said: “It’s fantastic news that we can now offer this service locally to our clients. It’s further evidence of our growing position as a major multi-disciplinary engineering consultancy in Manchester.”
Hydrock operates from 16 UK offices, including Hale as well as the central Manchester base.