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 and neighbours.

Watch the video of the new classroom installation, at St Albans High School for Girls:

BAP Summer CPD Outing, at 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.

Whilst at the Grade-I listed, Royal Festival Hall we revisited one of our founders, Bill Allen’s early involvement in the project during the 1950s as one of the technical acoustic consultants.

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 website for the full case study!

Moduloft Factory

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

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 pattern was carefully considered to minimise disruption to the surrounding residential homes and wildlife!

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 and strategy for exhibition lighting.

Annual prize for Construction Law Studies

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 (Partner at BAP), David Sawtell (KCCLA prize for best performance in the second-year examinations), Richard Harvey (The Society of Construction Law prize for best dissertation), Grzegorz Grzeszczyk (Bickerdike Allen prize for best Module AL examination), Omar Jassam (The Society of Construction Law prize for best performance in Module A first-year examination), Professor David Mosey (Director of the Centre)

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 more tranquil. From the clangs and clatter of city life to weapons that use sound to harm us, noise can be a lot more dangerous than we think. But help is at hand from quieter underground stations to restaurants where the sound changes to reflect our moods and preferences.

You can hear the podcast, by visiting the BBC World Service website or clicking on the audio below.

Classroom extension at St Albans High School for Girls

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 completed during the 2018 School Summer Holidays.

The Henry Moore Foundation: CPD Outing

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 Moore’s aesthetic legacy.

The visit also included Hoglands House, Henry Moore’s home, the grounds, studios and the current exhibition, Becoming Henry Moore (running until 22nd October 2017).

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 block. The project will also include new landscaping and a roof terrace. Construction is anticipated to start in early 2018; with an expected completion date of late 2019.

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 Park, as well as new innovations in energy distribution in Cape Town. He also drew comparisons between some of the issues facing South African architects – including housing crises, the supply of building materials and sustainable resources – and comparable challenges here in the UK.  

38 Montagu Square gains “Highly Commended” at awards

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 central London. Moduloft was appointed by BAP after the owners of the property decided to create a garden room to add to their penthouse apartment. The new roof level structure, complete with external and internal finishes, was built at a factory by Moduloft, delivered to Marylebone, and then craned into position in just a few days. Traditional methods would have required the complete scaffolding of the building, causing major disruption to the residents of the floors below and significant cost for our client. Moduloft received the “Highly Commended” award in the Product Innovation category.

Annual prize for Construction Law Studies

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 Liberal Club. It is the first time the prize has been won by a barrister. Lamb’s Chambers, David Sawtell’s practice, covers property, construction and commercial chancery work.

Pictured left to right are Professor David Mosey (Director of the Centre), Kieran Fano (Arbitration Club prize for best Module D examination), David Sawtell (Bickerdike Allen prize for best Module AL examination), Tariq Smalling-West (Society of Construction Law prize for best dissertation), Peter Barnes (Arbitration Club) and Roger Jowett (Bickerdike Allen).

BAP “Highly Commended” at ANC Awards 2016


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 to create a new modern science teaching facilities for the school.

Read more here.

Miele Experience Centre


BAP led the design and construction of the refurbishment of Miele’s 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 in April 2016.


Photograph by: Stuart Boreham

New Europe Galleries at the V&A Museum


The refurbished Europe 1600-1815 galleries at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) 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 the original Victorian splendour of the galleries being restored from the 1970s scheme, involved the creation of new door openings within one metre thick masonry walls and various structural alterations. Throughout the project, the British Galleries, located directly above the work area, remained open with its priceless collections continuously on display. BAP ensured the safety of these collections by monitoring continuously vibration levels to prevent any damage risk to objects including porcelain tea sets, ornament mirrors, or the entire, original Norfolk House Music Room. We strongly recommend a visit to the new galleries!

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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 Town Centre. This event took place between the 18th September and 20th September 2015.

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 – a new-build project which has recently started on site.

The Oakley Road buildings were refurbished in order to provide new facilities for Ryelands Primary and Nursery School, consisting of several classrooms, a nursery, three hall areas, administrative areas, group rooms, a project room, a kitchen, a library and SEN rooms. The official opening took place on the 10th July 2015 and everyone was “over the moon” with the project, being very pleased with the acoustics of the different spaces, especially the Assembly Hall and the Key Stage 1 Hall.

BAP has several more school projects in hand such as Oasis Academy Arena in Croydon, Wheathampsted House Preparatory School, Byron Court School, Paxton Primary School and Islamia Primary School for which we intend to keep delivering great acoustics.
Photos courtesy of Rachael Marshall

Exterior of school at playtime
Exterior of school at playtime
School entrance at hometime
School entrance at hometime

House of cards in library
House of cards in library
Game in school hall
Game in school hall
Classroom with children
Classroom with children

Approach seen through entrance door
Approach seen through entrance door


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 for Wainhomes and argued that the noise from the nearby industrial site formed part of the existing noise climate and that guidance and criteria, other than that given in BS 4142, should be used to judge the acceptability of the site for new housing. Others argued BS 4142 should be used in isolation and that the industrial noise should be judged against a lower background noise prevailing in the absence of industrial activities.

BAP relied upon advice in the revised BS 4142 and also guidance in the National Planning Policy Framework concerning LOAEL’s and SOAEL’s. A LOAEL is the lowest observed adverse effect level and a SOAEL is a significant observed adverse effect level. The Inspector agreed with BAP that the site would be exposed to a noise level lying somewhere between these two levels. He advised that with suitable mitigation measures in place(as those proposed for the development which included the layout of dwellings with windows of habitable rooms facing away from nearby noise sources, enhanced glazing and acoustic ventilation provision and a noise barrier), the proposed housing development is acceptable.


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 against AIRO.

The squad comprised Tom Galikowski (captain), Nick Williams, Matt Burnett (formerly of BAP) and two “ringers” Peter and James. Peter Henson cheered on from the sidelines (clearly in an inspirational manner).

Last year, it required a penalty shoot-out to secure the cup but this year, the victory was far more convincing with Matt Burnett winning the man of the tournament award.
£100 was raised by BAP towards Grove Cottage which is Crisis, a charity helping homeless people get back on their feet.

Bring on next year!

BAP 2014-2015 Season

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 increase runway capacity, to allow more take-offs and landings at peak times and to accommodate the next generation of quieter, more fuel efficient aircraft. These aircraft have longer ranges and will open up new markets not currently served from London City Airport.

Bickerdike Allen Partners have been assisting London City Airport on environmental noise matters for over 25 years since in its inception as a Stolport in 1987 from which the first flights occurred from East London in 1987, right through to the present day.

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 Section 1 of ‘Building Bulletin 93’ (BB93) “The Acoustic Design of Schools”, published in 2003.

The 2003 version set out the acoustic performance standards to be applied to new schools for compliance with Part E4 of the Building Regulations which states:-

“Each room or other space in a school building shall be designed and constructed in such a way that it has the acoustic conditions and insulation against disturbance by noise appropriate to its intended use.”

The 2014 version has been revised to include minimum performance standards for alterations to teaching areas in existing schools or refurbishments, in addition to standards for new schools.

Compliance with the appropriate performance standards in Section 1 of BB93:2014 is the normal way of satisfying Requirement E4 of the Building Regulations, the School Premises Regulations and the Independent School Standards.

Recently Revised and Published: BS4142: Methods for rating and assessing industrial and commercial sound

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 Local Authorities have historically used the BS 4142 guidance to set noise limits for new and existing industrial installations despite it not originally being written for planning purposes, but to assess the likelihood of a noise source giving rise to complaints. The 2014 revision expands its remit and describes methods for rating and assessing sound of an industrial and/or commercial nature for the purposes of:

  1. Investigating complaints
  2. Assessing sound from proposed, new, modified or additional sources of sound of an industrial/commercial nature, and;

iii)                Assessing sound at proposed new residential premises.

Significant changes that have implications on consultants, clients and local authorities alike, include:

  • the removal of the phrase “Affecting mixed residential and industrial areas” from the title, effectively broadening the situations to which the standard is applicable;
  • placing far greater emphasis towards the “context” of the sound. Noise is routinely considered to be sound that is undesirable or intrusive;
  • the inclusion of “commercial sound” not just industrial sound. The 2014 edition should also be applied to sound from the unloading of goods, as well as mobile plant and vehicles that form an intrinsic part of the operation of industrial and/or commercial sites;
  • the assessment of the impacts – In the 1997 standard there was a 15dB separation between assessments of “marginal significance” and “a positive indication that complaints are unlikely” – with little or no guidance in-between. The new standard removes the complaints’ likely/unlikely interpretation and replaces it with:
  1. i) A difference of around +10 dB or more is likely to be an indication of a significant adverse impact, depending on the context
  2. ii) A difference of around +5 dB could be an indication of a significant adverse impact, depending on the context

iii)           The lower the rating level is relative to the measured background sound level, the less likely it is that there will be an adverse impact.

Note: It is also necessary to consider the context by considering:

  • the absolute level of sound and background sound level;
  • the character and level of sound;
  • the sensitivity of the receptor and whether the residential premises incorporate design measures that ensure good internal acoustic conditions.

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 of the piled box.  BAP have so far provided a comprehensive range of services including a noise and vibration impact study, monitoring of objects, galleries and offices, and detailed investigation and advice on protection of objects, staff and museum visitors from detrimental effects of construction related noise and vibration. Our involvement will continue until the project completion in 2017.

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Acoustic Cup Winners 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 are pleased raised £1,147 for the chosen charity “Grove Cottage”, the home of Bishops Stratford Mencap.


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.

Deadlines also closed for consultations on two sets of proposed far-reaching changes to regulations on house building: Housing Standards Review, consultation August 2013. Next steps to zero carbon homes: Allowable solutions, consultation August 2013.

These three interlinked proposals will radically change the process for planning approval and design, and will require new carbon costing methods for site development and are likely to require new dwelling designs.

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 be held on 13th May in East Midlands Conference Centre in Nottingham.

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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