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John Connell Soundscape Award for our open plan office design method

We are very honoured to be awarded “Highly Commended” in the Soundscape category at the John Connell Awards 2019, for our multi-award-winning acoustic design method for open plan offices.

The John Connell Awards 2019 took place at the Palace of Westminster on the evening of 23rd October 2019, hosted by Colonel Bob Stewart DSO MP, Member of Parliament for Beckenham. The awards were presented by Sonia Phippard CBE, Defra’s Director General of Environment, Rural and Marine.

The awards are named after the Noise Abatement Society’s far-sighted founder John Connell OBE, who lobbied the Noise Abatement Act through Parliament in 1960 when noise became a statutory nuisance in the UK for the first time. These unique annual awards, often referred to as the ‘Noise Oscars’, are now in their 18th year. They acknowledge the importance of the quality of sound in our lives, and champion vital advances in reducing the negative impact of unnecessary noise for the public benefit.

The Noise Abatement Society (NAS) is a dynamic UK charity whose aim is to share a better understanding of what sound is, how it affects us and how we can solve noise problems in a pragmatic and sustainable way. Its internationally respected work helps to relieve the physical and mental distress caused by excessive noise which profoundly affects health and wellbeing, learning, productivity and social cohesion. Read more on their website:

The NAS said:

APEX Acoustics was awarded “Highly Commended” for the development of a user-centric acoustic design method for open plan offices. Open plan offices are great for collaboration – not so if concentration or privacy is required. This problem adversely affects productivity and people’s wellbeing – often leading to undue stress and anxiety when needing to complete certain types of tasks. Inspired by soundscape principles, this company re-evaluated the acoustic design requirements for offices from the perspective of the occupants, in context. They developed an ISO standard with a new parameter to characterise the acoustic separation in an open space, based on speech intelligibility requirements. The result: a flexible, design based framework that, according to one satisfied customer is “completely innovative and exactly what the market needs”.

Gloria Elliott, Noise Abatement Society Chief Executive, said
‘This is an important step forward to fully understanding the negative impact that unwanted sound can have on productivity’

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