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Article: The sound of collaboration

The sound of collaboration

Focus Area

Cities, Energy


Acoustics, AV and Theatre Consulting, Advanced Technology and Research





Acoustics in the workplace – are we focusing on the actual elements that make the most difference to people?

Noise levels in open plan offices have a big effect on people’s ability to focus. However, relatively little research has been conducted into how different kinds of office noise affect different people’s experience. To address this topic, acoustic engineers at Arup are investigating workers’ experience of noise in open plan offices, with a particular focus on collaboration noise.