NEWS

Protecting the National Gallery’s priceless collection

National Gallery

BAP`s work on protecting the National Gallery’s priceless collection during their recent refurbishment is now due to be published in the Studies in Conservation journal! The paper is a collaboration between BAP’s acoustics team Tom Galikowski (Associate), Peter Henson (Consultant), Mike Pau (Acoustician) and Catherine Higgitt (Principal Scientist) and Lynne Harrison (Conservation Department – Paintings) … Read More

Coronavirus (COVID-19): construction update Q&A

On 13th May, the Government have announced that councils should allow extended working hours – up until 9 pm – on some construction sites in urban areas. Click here to read the full update. There is an inherent risk that without a suitable consent, noise nuisance and enforcement action under the Control of Pollution Act … Read More

Billing Road

Billing Road

BAP were commissioned in early 2019 to carry out a review and feasibility study for 33-38 Billing Road in Northamptonshire. The site comprises two large semi-detached Grade II listed Victorian villas, which were designed by locally renowned Architect Matthew Holding. The buildings are currently used for a range of services including offices, recording studios and … Read More

Our remote workstations

Here are some pictures of a few of our remote workstations. Our team have adapted well and apart from the intervention of the occasional house pet. It’s business as usual, well, the new “usual”. We hope you all are keeping safe.

International Year of Sound 2020

noise monitoring

When 2020 was selected for the International Year of Sound little did anyone know what was ahead. With the large reduction in travel, entertainment venue and factory closures the soundscape is certainly unique for recent times. While this presents challenges for those trying to characterise normal conditions, any results from current noise monitoring will certainly … Read More

Covid19 statement

BAP are pleased to have reopened our office with social distancing measures in place and some remote working. Our contact details remain unchanged. Through Microsoft Teams, or any other media that suits, we can attend and host online meeting or conference calls in place of face to face meetings. We are carrying out site inspections … Read More

Health, Safety & Quality Accredited

  Bickerdike Allen Partners LLP are pleased to announce our continued Health, Safety & Quality Accreditation with Constructionline. This leading UK procurement and supply chain management service, assesses and monitors company information through a question set that is aligned to PAS 91:2013. The standardised pre-qualification questionnaire is developed by BSI to reduce duplication within the … Read More

Acoustics Ventilation and Overheating Guidance, Launch

Acoustics Ventilation

The current London Plan requires planning applications for all major developments in London to include an assessment of overheating risk. This is usually carried out using CIBSE TM59 methodology. Natural ventilation solutions clearly have sustainability benefits. However for sites exposed to excessive noise these can be a constraint. There has been little, if any, guidance … Read More

Acoustics – A Sound Career

acoustic engineers

Interested in the world of acoustics? Want to find out more about the various roles of acoustic engineers? Find out more information in this IOA career guide, where you will also learn more about one of our Acoustic Associates, Tom Galikowski.

Free edition by the environmental SCIENTIST – The search for tranquillity

environmental noise

The special issue by the environmental SCIENTIST, on ‘The search for tranquillity’ is now free to download, by clicking here! In this edition, they seek out tranquillity and how to measure it, explore the balancing act of noise pollution mitigation in construction and learn how to safely deter bats from flying into danger. This includes … Read More

Works at Alban City School’s lecture theatre completed in time for Pupils’ plays and festive celebrations

Alban City School

BAP’s project at Alban City School’s lecture theatre has been completed and handed over to the school in time for rehearsals for the pupils’ Christmas play and festive celebrations. BAP’s appointment was for Architect, Lead Consultant, and Principal Designer from feasibility to completion. The work included increasing the seating capacity from 80 to 120 seats, … Read More

Police Rehabilitation Centre – Pool Refurbishment

Police Rehabilitation Centre

Following the successful completion of the Gym refurbishment at the Police Rehabilitation Centre in April 2019, BAP are pleased to announce that works have now started on the refurbishment of the Centre’s Pool and Hydrotherapy facilities. The works are due for completion July 2020. Having designed the ‘New Wing’ extension that houses the Exercise Pool, … Read More

Environmental SCIENTIST – The search for tranquillity

The search for tranquility-the Environmental Scientist

David Trew, one of our acoustics Partners, is pleased to have contributed to the latest edition of the Environmental Scientist. The October edition covers many broad issues on sound, noise, tranquillity and soundscapes. The latest edition “The search for tranquility” is available online for IES members now

Blast from the past – 1970s Acoustic equipment

Sound Level - 1970s

During our office reorganisation, we came across a Sound Level Meter and Outdoor Microphone unit from the 1970’s! The second photograph is of a former BAP Acoustician working with the Sound Level Meter and with other acoustic equipment, from that era. Back then the task required a reel to reel tape recording and post processing … Read More

STAFF NEWS

We’re pleased to welcome Steven Kok, who’s joined our architectural team as a Senior Architect, along with Dan Gibbons who graduated from Birmingham University this summer and will be undertaking his Part I “year out” with us.

BAP Summer Event – Navigating new East London

This September, we took our annual Summer CPD event to the East End, guided by Ralph Ward. Ralph previously worked on the planning and development of the area for over twenty years. This was in various planning roles including Olympic planning and regeneration advisor for the DCLG as well as various roles, around Docklands working … Read More

ROH Case Study

ROH

BAP provided advice on construction noise management and noise and vibration monitoring services during the Royal Opera House Open Up refurbishment. Click here to see the full case study!

Belfast City Airport

After several years of working with Belfast City Airport, including attendance at a public hearing, BAP are pleased to note that a modified agreement has been signed and the seats for sale restriction has been removed.

Our recent project – acoustic design of The Stage

The Stage is a new mixed-use development located on the fringes of the City of London in Shoreditch. The scheme involved the demolition of original buildings and the erection of a number of new structures around an area of new landscaped open space. The Stage consists of seven buildings, including a 38-storey tower, and will … Read More

Alban City School Lecture Theatre

The refurbishment of Alban City School’s lecture theatre has started on site. The works include the complete strip out and subsequent installation of new floors, finishes and ceilings, together with new seating and stage with integrated audio-visual equipment. The School intend to use the new space for assemblies and pupils performances as well as hiring … Read More

BAP “commended” at the Association of Noise Consultants Awards 2019

Noise Consultants

BAP’s work during the Royal Opera House ‘Open Up’ project has been commended at the Association of Noise Consultants Acoustic Awards 2019 in the Vibration Prediction and Control category. The judges recognised that “(…) this project explored new ways of monitoring noise in sensitive spaces where traditional measurement methodologies could not be used. There was … Read More

BAP 5-a-side team runners up in Acoustic Cup 2019

Our 5-a-side football team comprising Joel Jones, Charles Toher, Sean Graham (former BAP-er) and Ben Groves supported by a last-minute ringer Mike were runners-up in this years edition of Acoustic Cup. BAP team initially had only 4 players but went all the way to the final scoring 20 goals only to lose to Stansted Environmental … Read More

Cyber Essentials compliant

Cyber Essentials

We at Bickerdike Allen Partners are pleased to announce we are Cyber Essentials compliant.

Police Rehabilitation Centre – The new gymnasium extension, grand opening ceremony

Police Rehabilitation Centre

Bickerdike Allen Partners were proud to attend the grand opening ceremony for the new gymnasium extension at the Police Rehabilitation Centre, where Dame Kelly Holmes was the guest of honour. BAP has a long established relationship with Police Rehabilitation Centre, going back to the early 1990s. The Police Rehabilitation Centre has been located at Goring-on-Thames … Read More

Inter-Noise 2019

Inter-noise 2019

Congratulations to BAP acoustic consultant Jack Traveller who recently achieved his MSc in environmental and architectural acoustics at London Southbank University. Jack’s thesis was a comparison and validation of several methods for predicting the off-axis directivity index of large ventilation louvres, including the widely used correction given in CIBSE Guide B4. The reduction of noise … Read More

National Museum of Liverpool is a finalist in the LRWA Awards 2018

LRWA Awards - Museum of Liverpool

Congratulations to Kemper Systems and K Pendlebury and Sons whose recent works on the BAP remedial project for the National Museum of Liverpool was selected as a finalist in the LRWA Awards 2018, Liquid waterproofing project of the year. (Due to BAP’s association with the project, BAP Partner Roger Jowett, who was a member of … Read More

Hermes Street

Hermes Street

Our client had gained planning consent for this challenging mixed use scheme in Pentonville, Hermes Street. We were then appointed as lead consultants, and together with the client updated the design and layouts to maximise the quality of the proposed office and residential spaces. The works required the retention of elements of the existing building … Read More

The Royal Opera House Open Up Refurbishment

The Royal Opera House Open Up Refurbishment

One of our recent projects, The Royal Opera House Open Up refurbishment project has been successfully completed in September this year. We are delighted to have worked on this exciting revamp and provided innovative noise monitoring to keep rehearsals going. The project has seen a significant amount of works carried out within the existing building. The … Read More

Completed classroom installation at St Albans High School for Girls

BAP is pleased to announce that the Modular classroom installation at St Albans High School for Girls was completed on time and on budget, prior to the start of the Autumn term. The classroom units which had been constructed off site were delivered on trucks and craned into position with minimal disruption to the school … Read More

BAP Summer CPD Outing, at Southbank Centre

Southbank Centre

On 16th July 2018, BAP visited the Southbank Centre for our annual CPD Summer Outing. The main topic this year was our acoustic consultancy work for various key buildings in and around the South Bank. We had access to the BFI and Imax where Anthony Hayes, Senior Acoustician and Peter Henson, Partner, gave a presentation. … Read More

Museum of Liverpool

Museum of Liverpool amphitheatre steps and terraces remedial works

BAP has successfully completed the amphitheatre steps and terraces remedial works, at the Museum of Liverpool.

Institute of Acoustics

Institute of Acoustics

Our Acoustic Consultant, Tomasz Galikowski attended the annual conference – Acoustics 2018 – held by Institute of Acoustics, at City Hall in Cardiff. He presented the following case study ‘Challenges in monitoring construction noise in live Royal Opera House during open up project‘. You can read the abstract by following this link. Watch the BAP … Read More

Moduloft Factory

Moduloft

BAP visited the Moduloft Factory this month, to inspect the live build of the three new classrooms, for St Albans High School for Girls. The completed classrooms will be transported from the factory in North Yorkshire to St Albans, Herts. and craned into site during the 2018 School Summer Holidays.

Sports Field Lightings

Sports Field Lightings

BAP has completed works for the installation of external floodlighting to 6no. tennis courts, at St Albans High School for Girls Sports Field. The proposal was designed in accordance with the Institution of Lighting Professionals (ILP) Guidance Notes for the Pollution of Obtrusive Light 2011 and the setting out of the columns and the light … Read More

Blast from the Past

In 1997, William Allen, one of the founders of BAP, published two studies for Lighting Waddesdon Manor and Lighting at Nottingham Castle Museum. The studies dealt with the lighting of decorative art collections and sun/daylight exposure of exhibits in Museums. Both pieces offer early insights into what was then a new look at the design … Read More

Annual prize for Construction Law Studies

Construction Law Annual Prize

This year the Bickerdike Allen Partners Construction Law prize was presented to Grzegorz Grzeszczyk. The presentation was made by Roger Jowett, Partner at BAP. The prize is awarded annually by Kings College to a first year student that has the best performance in the Module AL first-year examination. Pictured left to right are: Roger Jowett … Read More

BBC World Services – The Why Factor

BBC World Services - The Why Factor

Peter Henson, our Acoustic Partner spoke with David Baker from the BBC, to explore why high levels of noise affects all of us. The talk was recorded for the BBC World Services – The Why Factor, to explore how different sounds can impact on people without them even knowing and how to make our lives … Read More

Classroom extension at St Albans High School for Girls

Classroom Extension in St Alban

BAP have recently achieved Planning Permission for a new classroom extension at St Albans High School for Girls in St Albans, Hertfordshire. The existing building will be adapted to accommodate the new classrooms which are to be fabricated offsite and craned into position to create a new upper storey. The works are programmed to be … Read More

The Henry Moore Foundation: CPD Outing

Henry Moore Foundation

Bickerdike Allen Partners LLP visited the Henry Moore Foundation on the 19th July 2017 for our Summer CPD. Gianluca Rendina, the project architect for Hugh Broughton, very kindly gave a presentation on design and key concepts behind their new Visitor’s Centre, ensuring that the architecture fitted seamlessly not only into the surroundings but also with … Read More

Green light for redevelopment of St Albans High School

BAP has achieved Planning Permission for the major redevelopment of the 6th form, dining hall, kitchen and teaching block at St Albans High School for Girls in St Albans, Hertfordshire. The proposed redevelopment, will involve a new atrium entrance and teaching facilities for the 6th form, together with a new dining hall, kitchen and teaching … Read More

Jo Noero delivers CPD talk

The partners at Bickerdike Allen this week welcomed Jo Noero, international fellow at RIBA and award winning South-African architect, to give a talk to staff as part of their continual professional development. We heard about various of Noero’s projects in South Africa, including the Red Location Museum, The Alexandra Township and the West Coast Fossil … Read More

38 Montagu Square gains “Highly Commended” at awards

38 Montagu Square

Moduloft has been highly commended in the Offsite Construction Awards 2017, for its part in the renovation and extension of a two-storey apartment at the top of a Grade II listed property in Montagu Square, central London. Moduloft was appointed by BAP after the owners of the property decided to create a garden room to … Read More

Annual prize for Construction Law Studies

Construction Law Annual Prize

Bickerdike Allen has awarded its annual prize to the barrister David Sawtell for the best first year exam results in the MSc in Construction Law at King’s College London. The prize was presented by Bickerdike Allen partner Roger Jowett at a packed meeting of the Society of Construction Law on 7th February at the National … Read More

BAP “Highly Commended” at ANC Awards 2016

ANC Awards

We are pleased to announce that one of Bickerdike Allen Partners LLP flagship projects, British Museum – World Conservation and Exhibition Centre, received a High Commendation award at the annual ANC Conference and Acoustic Awards ceremony that took place in Birmingham on 29th June 2016.

Dr Jane Hawking opens BAP designed school science building

In March 2016, BAP’s newly completed Science building for St Albans High School for Girls was opened by Dr Jane Hawking and Lucy Hawking, the former wife of scientist Stephen Hawking and her daughter.  BAP as Architects and contract administrator were responsible for the design and construction of the extension and refurbishment of the building … Read More

Miele London Experience Centre

Miele London Experience Centre

BAP led the design and construction of the refurbishment at the Miele London Experience Centre. The works included a new public entrance and bridge link from the street. As the lead consultant we were responsible for the coordination of the interior fit-out and liaising with the client design team based in Germany. Works were completed … Read More

New Europe Galleries at the V&A Museum

V&A Museum

The refurbished Europe 1600-1815 galleries at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A Museum) opened their doors recently for the first time. Bickerdike Allen Partners assisted with this challenging project which saw a complete revamp of vast spaces involving the demolition of walls only metres away from priceless delicate collections of artefacts. The project which saw … Read More

The Annual Open House Event

BAP are proud to announce that prior jobs we have worked on are now having their doors opened to the public, for the annual architecture Open House. These include Millennium Mills, 17-21 Wenlock Road (Air Tightness and SI testing), Sutton Life Centre, V&A development project (Noise and vibration), Technical Skills Academy (Acoustics Work) and Barking … Read More

17-21 Wenlock Road (Air Tightness and SI Testing)

Bickerdike Allen Partners have been involved in the air tightness and SI testing of 17-21 Wenlock Road. The building is a hybrid combination of cross-laminated timber and steel, making for excellent air tightness performance. Wenlock Road is the tallest cross-laminated timber and steel building in the UK.

Ryelands Primary and Nursery School – Acoustic Design Services

Bickerdike Allen Partners (BAP) have worked with Curl la Tourelle Architects providing acoustic design services for a project to relocate Ryelands Primary and Nursery School, in the London Borough of Croydon. The school now occupies a newly-refurbished building on Oakley Road, freeing their former site on nearby Albert Road for the Oasis Arena Academy – … Read More

BAP HELP WIN APPEAL CASE RELATING TO INDUSTRIAL NOISE AND BS 4142

In what could well be a test case concerning the revised BS 4142 “Methods for rating and assessing industrial and commercial sound”, a planning appeal has been allowed in favour of Wainhomes for a new housing estate near an existing cement works in Par, Cornwall. Peter Henson of BAP provided expert evidence on noise matters … Read More

BAP ENJOY SOCCER SUCCESS (AGAIN) WINNING THE ACOUSTICS CUP 2015

BAP’s 5-A-Side football team have WON the Acoustics Cup 2015 for the second year running in a tournament containing 10 different teams from other acoustics firms. Despite stiff competition, and the fact that our squad was numerically challenged in having only 5 members, the cup was won with a stirling 3-0 victory in the final … Read More

Plans to expand London City Airport have been given the go-ahead

On Tuesday 3rd February 2015, planning permission was granted to expand London City Airport by the London Borough of Newham, paving the way for a £200 million investment. The investment will enable the airport to operate up to a permitted 111,000 annual flights, from the 70,000 currently flying. The plans include developing existing infrastructure to … Read More

Publication of Revised Acoustic Guidance for New and Refurbished Schools (BB93)

The end of 2014 heralded some important changes for all those involved in the design and construction of schools. The recently revised BB93 now has performance standards for both new and existing school buildings. Acoustic design of schools: performance standards, Building Bulletin 93, December 2014 has been published by The Department for Education and supersedes … Read More

V&A Museum – Exhibition Road Building Project

V&A Museum - Exhibition Road Building Project

Over past two years Bickerdike Allen Partners’ acoustic team have been assisting the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) during their Exhibition Road Building Project; The project will create a new courtyard, entrance to the Museum and subterranean gallery for major temporary exhibitions. This month the project is reaching another milestone with works starting for the excavation … Read More

Airport Commission Consultation

  On the 11 November 2014 the Airports Commission published for consultation its assessment of proposals for additional runway capacity at Gatwick and Heathrow airports. The consultation presents the commission’s analysis of the proposals shortlisted by the commission last year. Sir Howard Davies, chair of the Commission said: “Since our Interim report last year we … Read More

Acoustic Cup Winners 2014

Acoustic cup 2014

We are proud to announce that the Bickerdike Allen Partners football team has won the Acoustic Cup 2014 this year. We were well matched with RBA Acoustics in the final with a close finish that ended with a 3-1 win after a penalty shootout, securing us the Cup. It was a charitable event that we … Read More

Important Changes

October 2013 has heralded some important changes for all those involved in the design and construction of housing. The Department for Communities and Local Government indicated the overall scope, but not yet the detail of the new Building Regulations Part L (conservation of fuel and power) 2013, due to come in force from April 2014. … Read More

Our 50th Anniversary

In October 2013, BAP celebrated its 50th Anniversary at the Langham in London. The evening was a wonderful and memorable affair, here’s to the next 50 years!

The Highs and Lows of Domestic Sound Insulation

“The Highs and Lows of Domestic Sound Insulation – Some Problems and Solutions Associated with Achieving High Performance Standards for New Sustainable Homes and the Low Performance Standards in our Existing Housing Stock” by BAP Associate David Trew and Acoustic Consultant Tom Galikowski, has been selected for the forthcoming IOA Annual Spring Conference 2013 to … Read More

Bartlett Graduates

In February 2013 we played hosts to 14 graduate students and their tutors from the MSc course in Lighting at the Bartlett School of Architecture. For their term project, the students were looking at our office spaces and prepared proposals for them.

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