Arup's sound move to new studio

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A COMPANY that helps designers of concert halls and other large buildings to hear how the musicians and public address systems will sound when they are built is to become the latest addition to Glasgow's burgeoning media quarter.

Arup Acoustics, which is part of the multinational Arup group of engineers and consultants, is attracting the interest of leading architects, including Sir Norman Foster, and designers involved in developing music centres, railway stations and airports.

Arup has formed a joint venture with the Digital Design Studio of the Glasgow School of Art to incorporate 3D visuals into the system.

Arup DDS SoundLab is now preparing to move from a cramped laboratory in the House for an Art Lover in Glasgow's Bellahouston Park to a purpose-built studio in the Pacific Quay Media Quarter, close to the BBC Scotland headquarters. The former site of the Glasgow garden festival is also home to the STV studios.

Arup has provided the acoustics technology for a number of blue-chip projects, including Florence railway station and Heathrow's Terminal Five.

The Glasgow studio adds to others in New York and London and is run by Seb Jouan, a Frenchman who has settled in Scotland after being involved in the earlier initiatives. The visualisation element is unique to the Glasgow studio.

"Our technology merges sound and space and allows you to hear exactly how an orchestra will sound in a concert hall," he said.

Jouan has worked on a number of other high-profile projects, including three of Cameron Mackintosh's theatres in London's west end and the Art Institute of Chicago. Other venues include Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow and the Shetland Music and Cinema Venue, Lerwick.

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