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Group Members
Patrick Edwards, Oliver Ethell, Qufei Fan, Chuen Ng, Ovidiu Telehoi, Louise Thomas
Alastair Mcdonald, Dr Howard Clarke, Professor Rob Harris
Our proposal is for an innovative and sustainable staging concept that provides a high quality acoustic environment for the staging of outdoor music events; giving the audience and performer(s) a visually and acoustically immersive experience.

Staged outdoor events are often centred around logistics and costs, which has led to an abundance of staging equipment that solely caters for these requirements, without much thought to the acoustic performance. In contrast, concert halls and permanent outdoor music enclosures deliver a more immersive experience focussed more on the music, but do not have the flexibility to be used in multiple locations. The market lacks a fusion of both, where the needs of event organisers, performers and audiences are all fully met, and it is this void in the market which this project taps into.

The design has been developed acoustically through iterative numerical models to optimise the audience experience, with performance parameters set through consultation with technical experts. Communication between the acoustic and structural design ensured the acoustic geometries were physically feasible. A scaled acoustic model was tested to confirm the theoretical performance. The results was an intricate combination of convex geometry faced onto a concave structure, forming a scalloped structure reminiscent of seashells.

The system is designed for rapid assembly and dismantling, using minimal manpower and no plant. CDM regulations have been fully considered to achieve this safely. The underlying philosophy was to make as much of the product reusable or recyclable as possible. This was achieved whilst concurrently minimising costs allowing the design to be realised below a budget of £10,000.
Computational analysis and acoustic performance testing of a scale model in the Large Anechoic Chamber