BAP are pleased to announce the completion of the refurbishment of a seven storey residential building in East London. The work involved stripping the existing building back to its structural frame. Externally new walls and roof coverings have been installed and internally the works included the full replacement of partitions, kitchens, bathrooms and services. Residents … Read More
BAP’s latest project with St Albans High School for Girls is due to commence on site on Monday 18th October. The works at no.9 Townsend Avenue are the refurbishment and conversion of an existing healthcare facility to educational use by the School. The scheme will create a new school medical area, flexible meeting/seminar rooms and … Read More
Our office is open and our team is working both in the office and remotely. Whilst we are now hosting meetings at our office, we can attend and host online meetings and conference calls through Microsoft Teams, or other media to suit. Site visits and inspections are arranged subject to risk assessments and the current … Read More
We’re pleased to announce that our office is now open and our team are taking the opportunity to spend more time here in our Queens Park studio as well as remote working. We are also very pleased to welcome a new member to our architectural team: Zineb El Amraoui, who’s joined us a Senior Architectural … Read More
Despite a challenging economic outlook, we are pleased to welcome Diogo Pereira and Tom Deering who have started with us in the last few weeks as an Acoustician and Acoustic Consultant respectively. Diogo has recently graduated with Master’s degree in Applied Acoustics from Solent University. Tom brings over five years of experience in architectural and … Read More
We began using Microsoft Teams for online meetings and conference calls at the start of the year and it enabled us to maintain contact with our clients, consultants and staff where remote working. We have now integrated this with a new VoIP platform which means we can be reached using our main office line again … Read More
BAP’s Christmas Party this year was virtual and our team could select their own Christmas menu and attire with some deciding to go for an Indian takeaway, and a glass of mulled wine. Dean Chapman – one of our Acousticians – generously shared his signature recipe for mulled wine and cider, with a virtual tutorial … Read More
Following the successful completion of the Gym refurbishment at the Police Rehabilitation Centre in April 2019, BAP were appointed for the refurbishment of the Centre’s Pool and Hydrotherapy facilities. The brief was to enlarge and improve the hydrotherapy pool, the changing facilities and the main exercise pool. The hydrotherapy pool was significantly enlarged requiring major … Read More
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
BAP acoustics have a long history of investing in our staff. For over 30 years many of our acousticians have developed their careers with post graduate MSc degrees in acoustics from London South Bank University. In June 2019, BAP acoustic consultant Jack Traveller presented his paper “Validation of guidance for the prediction of the directivity … Read More
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’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
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
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
BAP are thrilled to announce that our recent Royal Opera House ‘Open Up’ Project has been shortlisted, for the 2019 Association of Noise Consultants Awards. The project is selected as one out of three finalists, for the category in ‘Vibration Prediction & Control’. The panel will announce the winners during a ceremony on Thursday 6th … Read More
Works are progressing well at St Albans High School for Girls, a key milestone has been reached following the demolition of the old hall, with the new foundations complete and the new steel frame underway.
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
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
BAP is proud to announce that the new Music Centre at Wheathampstead Prep School has been shortlisted for a Civic Trust Award. In 2014 BAP were approached by St Albans High School for Girls to design a new Music Centre for their Prep School at Wheathampstead. The school has very strong music traditions and the … Read More
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
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
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
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
BAP is pleased to announce that construction has commenced on site with Phase 1 of the New Sixth Form, Dining Hall and Kitchen redevelopment at St Albans High School for Girls.The first phase involves converting part of the existing locally listed building into a new school kitchen facility. The works are due for completion in … Read More
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Westminster City Council (WCC) has recently implemented a new Code of Construction Practice which is likely to result in significant changes in how construction noise and vibration is managed for all but the smallest developments within the City of Westminster. We present below a brief summary.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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’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
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
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
BS 4142 has been used to provide guidance relating to the impact of noise from industrial sources for the past few decades. Last revised in 1997, the British Standards Institute (BSI) has decided that the current version be assessed and updated. Consequently BS4142:2014 was released in October 2014 to officially supersede the 1997 edition. Many … Read More
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
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
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
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
“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
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.