Acoustics, Noise and Vibration

Sound is an important element of our environment irrespective of whether we want to maximise it or reduce it. WSP offers in-depth expertise in all aspects of environmental acoustic services – from baseline noise level monitoring and the development of noise models to monitoring programs in support of environmental impact assessments.

WSP provides building acoustics as well as noise control for the protection of our natural environment and health and safety for mining, maritime, industry, energy and infrastructure projects.


Building Acoustics, Noise and Vibration

Our experts provide architectural acoustics services, including sound insulation, room acoustics, building vibration and mechanical services noise control. The design guidance we offer will ensure that the interior finishes, partition designs, doors and windows, and building systems and services all function together to create an optimised sonic environment appropriate to the intended use of each architectural space.


Our specialists also have considerable experience in building façade acoustics to minimise the break-in of external noise such as traffic.


Expertise for Every Type of Building

We provide services to address the acoustics in a multitude of different spaces and functions – from schools, laboratories, theatres to historic structures and complex hospital buildings.


As trends in building design and materials evolve, so too do our acoustic services. We have provided acoustical design for numerous tall buildings around the world and are experienced in developing different solutions for concrete or steel buildings. Our specialists provide advice on the types of sound insulation required between a mixed-use scheme’s different functions, such as retail, leisure, offices and residential apartments, and how to control noise and vibration from entire floors of mechanical and electrical plant to highly noise-sensitive spaces directly adjacent.


Our rich portfolio includes commercial buildings such as Salesforce Tower in San Francisco, The Shard in London and 720 Bourke Street in Melbourne, cultural buildings like Dubai Opera and Zayed National Museum in Abu Dhabi. For the latter, we carried a complex 3D acoustic modelling to assess transmission of noise between spaces as well as to enhance acoustic for presentation and performance.


We have also worked on transport terminals including London Bridge Station, hospitals such as Alder Hey Children Health Park in Liverpool and Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Gothenburg. Our work in the hospitality sector includes hotels such us Primus Hotel in Sydney and Park Hyatt in Auckland, where we placed reverberation control treatments to ensure noise from function rooms would not impact guests.



  • Room acoustic modelling
  • Acoustic design for PAVA systems
  • Building Services Noise Control
  • Vibration Studies
  • Construction Noise Management
  • Commissioning Testing


Environmental Acoustic Services

We offer in-depth expertise in all aspects of environmental acoustic services, from baseline noise level monitoring and the development of noise models, to monitoring programs in support of environmental impact assessments. State-of-the-art equipment, coupled with strategic modelling and risk assessment techniques, enable us to evaluate problems accurately and engineer workable solutions to complex and potentially costly environmental issues.

Our core environmental acoustics management services include:

  • Acoustic impact assessments
  • Baseline noise level assessments
  • Best practical available technology assessment
  • Noise source inventories
  • Noise source monitoring – point, line and area
  • Predictive acoustic modelling
  • Quantitative health risk assessments for hazardous noise levels
  • Vehicle noise monitoring
  • Instrumentation and monitoring
  • Noise and acoustics
  • Industrial noise
  • Vibration