9th August 2019
Congratulations to Tottenham Hotspur as the new Tottenham Stadium has been shortlisted in the Venue of the Year Category at the AV Awards.
The new Stadium showcases fan experience delivered through integrated audio-visual and production systems. Best in class products and systems have been selected in each area and integrated via an AV-over-IP infrastructure including thousands of endpoints to meet varied event requirements. This multipurpose facility transforms to become the only purpose-built NFL Stadium outside of the USA and the quality and scope of the experience provided sets it within the elite sporting venues. The stadium embodies the Club’s motto “To dare is to do”.
Vanguardia has provided support to the club throughout the Stadium design and construction process including ongoing support of the matchday operations of AV systems.
Vanguardia has provided design of Audio Visual systems, Sound systems and Acoustics. We have provided tender, project management and technical assurance for a range of packages including:
Perimeter LED Systems,
Matchday Production system,
Local Presentation systems,
The new stadium includes:
The Largest LED screens in the Premier League including 3 levels of balcony front ribbon displays.
Pixel mapping to every pixel in the stadium bowl to allow truly immersive content.
A brand new loudspeaker product developed and brought into production for the stadium bowl.
The longest and highest Perimeter LED in Europe
Production with integrated video, sound and lighting in the bowl and stadium wide control of displays via the IPTV system for takeover moments.
Production systems, based in the video gallery, are used to simultaneously produce content for social feeds and live stadium feeds from all sources.
Mobile Production Carts and fibre cable infrastructure facilitate over 50 presentation locations though-out the site with connectivity for camera, audio, monitors, comms and tally to allow interviews or presenter locations.
The IPTV and digital signage system includes over 1,700 displays on a single system covering retail, concession, Concourses and over 30 unique Hospitality zones.
External LED Digital signage with 35 signs is configurable to allow dynamic messages and different event types.
The stadium systems allows the connection of matchday entertainers over DANTE at any location in the venue
The stadium includes a conference/banqueting hall, 800 capacity with deployable systems.
The press conference room includes a narrow pixel LED display and can also be used as a movie screening or presentation auditorium.
The retail “Experience” includes an event auditorium that has already been used to host an e-gaming tournament.
We wish Tottenham Hotspur every success for the upcoming Awards.
Balancing Licence Conditions and Sound Quality at Music Festivals
19th June 2019
Vanguardia's Harry Lang featured on BBC Radio 4's You and Yours during this years All Points East Festival at Victoria Park in London in a piece about music festivals in cities.
He spoke about how Vanguardia uses MeTrao noise monitoring system to manage sound levels at locations both on and offsite and how some frequencies can be more challenging to control than others.
It also includes Dave Grindle from Loud Sound and James Hall from the Daily Telegraph.
You can listen to it in full here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m0005mtq
(12m47s - 21m20s)
Vanguardia's Alex Krasnic Meets The Next Generation of Acousticians
20th May 2019
In March, Alex Krasnic represented Vanguardia and the Institute of Acoustics at St. Paul’s Boys school biennial Careers Fair. Manning the Acoustics table, Vanguardia’s Principal Acoustics Consultant answered questions from students about industry and how best to align their A-Levels and further education for a career as an acoustician.
Speaking after the event, Alex said “It’s great to see so many young people interested in a career in acoustics and already thinking about how they can make that happen.
“A career in acoustics has a lot to offer and it’s important that as a company we are part of developing the next generation of acousticians.
“I really enjoyed meeting the students and answering their questions, especially some of the more inquisitive ones such, as ‘what do underwater acousticians do?’ and ‘so how would you treat the acoustics in this hall then?
“I even had some CVs given to me at the end of the day which is fantastic.”
If you are interested in a career at Vanguardia, you can get in contact with us here:
Design Summit - Outstanding Achievement Award 2018
19th November 2018
Jim Griffiths, Director of Vanguardia has won The Outstanding Achievement Award at the International Stadium Business Design and Development Summit. The Summit held at Wembley on 13-14 November 2018 brings together a global gathering of business professionals who are delivering the next generation of stadia and arenas.
The annual award recognises an individual that has shown exceptional commitment, service and leadership to stadium design and development over a sustained period of time. Jim was overwhelmed by the announcement and said that he was honoured to receive the award from his fellow peers who lead the international stage in stadium and arena design.
Vanguardia Nominated for the Industry Partner Award
26th September 2018
Vanguardia has this year been nominated for the Industry Partner Award in The Stadium Business Design & Development Awards 2018.
The Stadium Business Design & Development Awards have been launched to recognise leadership, innovation and achievement in the design, development, construction and refurbishment of major sports venue facilities globally. Winners will be
announced during The Stadium Business Design & Development Summit 2018 (13-14 Nov, London) - the world’s leading gathering of project teams delivering next generation stadia.
Since 2010, The Stadium Business has presented awards to the most successful venues around the world, through the internationally-acclaimed The Stadium Business Awards - the first industry awards for the stadium sector, by the stadium sector. Ian Nuttall, Founder, The Stadium Business said: “The Awards is about celebrating the professionals involved in the delivery of the next generation of stadia. For the last nine years, we have honoured some of the world’s top venues and this year will be no exception. The Stadium Business Awards team thanks the industry for its input in compiling and collating these shortlists. We now turn to the industry to judge the worthy winners. Take a look at who’s in the running this year:
INDUSTRY PARTNER AWARD
Awarded to the architect, design firm, engineer, or consultant that has provided consistently outstanding service to stadium design and delivery.
• BaAM Productions
• Movement Strategies
Vanguardia Attend The Grand Opening of Rosewood Studios
7th September 2018
Rosewood Studios is the brainchild of Edward Scull, a London based Percussionist and Producer. The Studio specialises in percussion and multi-instrument recording and boasts an extensive range of outboard equipment and microphones to record the best possible performance. Rosewood also run a percussion hire company on-site and have access to a vast array of drums and percussion to hire or use within studio sessions.
Vanguardia provided noise and vibration consultancy at the early stages of the new build to quantify the mitigation measures required to overcome challenging environmental factors, leading to a state-of-the-art recording facility with excellent recording conditions.
Studio design and build by Level Acoustic Design/Studio Creations.
Dubai Arena Nears Completion
31st August 2018
A 17,000 seat large scale arena will be the ‘go to’ venue in the Middle East for international music concerts and sports events.
Vanguardia have provided detailed design of the internal bowl acoustics to ensure the optimum experience for a multi-configuration venue. An assessment of the tonal response and frequency characteristics of the venue have been carried out to ensure a smooth balanced sound. Low frequency absorption has been designed and tested to ensure effective absorption below 100Hz.
Our role during the construction process has ensured that the acoustic materials are installed to a high standard with no compromise on sound quality.
A Big Year for Kilimanjaro
28th August 2018
Kilimanjaro have not only celebrated their 10-year anniversary this year, but they have put on some of the biggest stadium shows across the county with the Ed Sheeran "÷" Tour.
Playing 4 nights in London, Manchester and Cardiff and 3 in Newcastle, shows just how big one man and his guitar can be. With crowd noise reaching peak levels of 115 dB, LAeq 1 second it is safe to say Ed had the crowd in the palm of his hand throughout.
Vanguardia looked after the noise management across the UK leg of the tour with great success. Noise levels at the mixing desk position frequently reached 100 dB, LAeq 15 Minutes with crisp vocals and crowd noise dominating the A Weighted frequency range.
The Etihad Stadium in Manchester, Wembley Stadium in London and The Principality Stadium in Cardiff are no strangers to holding large scale music events, but St. James' Park in Newcastle have not staged a concert for over 4 years and whilst challenging from a production load-in perspective, the design and position of the stadium lends its self incredibly well from a noise management point of view. Over the course of the 3 concerts held in Newcastle, only 1 noise complaint was received, which for a stadium that is not known for concerts is a huge achievement.
Vanguardia also provided noise management services to Kilimanjaro for the popular outdoor concert series Live at Chelsea, featuring artists such as the Kaiser Chiefs and Jeff Beck. Kew the Music also had another successful programme of events in the stunning grounds of Kew Gardens featuring Steps, 2 Cellos and The Human League to name a few.
Hear Ye, Hear Ye Great News for Musicians
23rd August 2018
The countries leading music charity, this year have relaunched their Musicians’ Hearing Health Scheme by expanding the criteria for those eligible and increasing the number of test locations. 2,800 musicians have benefited from the scheme since mid-2016. The scheme entitles professional musicians to a specialist hearing assessment and custom moulded hearing protection for only £40, saving in the region of £160 on standard pricing.
The scheme is open to all musicians who earn their living substantially from music for a significant amount of their working life. Additional roles within the music industry are also now eligible and includes roadies, songwriters and music journalists.
Hearing protection can reduce the long-term effects of exposure to excessive noise levels including noise induced hearing loss or tinnitus. The protection offered under this scheme is provided by ACS and is custom molded to the user to ensure the perfect fit.
To discover more about the scheme including a full list of eligible job roles and how to apply, visit
NBHD Weekender 2018
15th August 2018
On a hot and sticky Bank Holiday weekend at the end of May a new festival appeared on the summer event map in the guise of the NBHD Weekender, held at Victoria Park in Warrington. Organised by Promoters SJM Concerts, this event set about bring the best in indie music to the people of Warrington and surrounding towns. Warrington is close to both Manchester and Liverpool and with both producing some of the best musical talent, Warrington was a great place to bring that all together.
Vanguardia provided input into the planning process to determine the likely noise impacts of the event. This included the preparation of the initial noise management plan, liaison with environmental health and pushing for suitable noise limits for the event to work whilst balancing the needs of the event with local community concerns.
Listening to the concerns of the residents through the licence hearing, it was clear that other events held in relatively close proximity had given cause for concern as these did often cause noise issues, often until into the early hours of the morning. It was therefore important to identify what could be put in place to minimise noise impacts at residential properties.
Although the licence was granted with a noise limit at residential properties of 75 dB, LAeq, 15 Minutes, it was made clear by Vanguardia through all consultations with the local authority and the local community that this is a limit and not a target, and where reasonably possible and practicable the event would run at lower levels than those specified.
Site design played an important part and the main objective was to use distance to attenuate music noise levels. The main stage location was the most critical and utilised the whole site to help increase the level of attenuation to the on axis residential locations.
From other major events held nearby, it was clear that low frequency noise gave the most cause for concern. Whilst changing weather conditions can affect results, cardioid sub arrays were recommended for all stages to increase directivity to assist in the focusing of low frequency energy with the aim of reducing the off-site impacts at residential properties.
Audile were the PA suppliers for the event and had designed a system that would provide great coverage on site whilst respecting the needs of the residents located on all four sides of the park. This included main left and right PA hangs and stage left side fills due to the site layout and proximity to noise sensitive receptors a stage right side fill was not required. Small delay hangs had been used to reinforce the sound to those further back without the need to increase the main PA hangs.
Noise levels for The Courteeners on the Saturday night and Noel Gallagher on the Sunday night both achieved front of house noise levels in excess of 100 dB, LAeq 15 Minutes whilst comfortably remaining below the limit at all off site locations.
Offsite monitoring and logging was undertaken using DUO sound level meters from 01dB which allowed real time monitoring throughout the event and allowed data to be reported back quickly and reliably.
Over the course of the weekend only 5 complaints were received making this inaugural event a huge success for all those involved in the planning and execution of this well received event.
England Score at Hyde Park
16th July 2018
As well as managing the sound levels for all the BST Hyde Park shows including Roger Waters, The Cure and Eric Clapton, Vanguardia measured the sound of 30,000 fans at Hyde Park as England scored against Croatia just after kick-off. The slow response Sound Pressure Level was 108 dB(A) with peak levels in excess of 120 dB.
Rolling Stones UK Tour
21st June 2018
Vanguardia successfully completed the Sound Management for the Rolling Stones "No Filter" 2018 tour. This included concerts at the London Stadium, BT Murrayfield Stadium, St Mary's, The Ricoh Arena, The Principality Stadium, Old Trafford and finally Twickenham Stadium.
With excellent sound levels inside the stadium, we were happy to hear Steve Allen, the presenter from LBC give it the thumbs up. He said on his breakfast show that he lives near Twickenham Stadium and didn't know the event was on as it was so quiet.
Acoustics Cup 2018 -
Vanguardia Remain Champions
18th June 2018
Vanguardia secured the Acoustics Cup for the second year in a row - a sterling effort was made by all the lads in what can only be described as a showcase of footballing excellence.
12 teams entered this years Campbell Associates Acoustic Cup and Vanguardia were determined to bring the trophy and prestige back to the office. Our line up saw us play some solid competition but the boys knew what needed doing and with ‘inspirational’ and managerial directions being hailed across the pitch from Aidan, our formation stayed tight and we hammered in some cracking goals!
We would once again like to say a massive thank you to Campbell Associates for organising such a fantastic event and to all teams and players that took part.
Tallest Tower in the World - Vanguardia Wins Landmark Project
8th June 2018
A major development is being planned in Dubai which incorporates the tallest tower in the world and is only a short distance from the Burj Khalifa.
Vanguardia has won the study to review the noise impact from transportation sources on the extensive public realm surrounding the tower. The appointment also includes the assessment of wind re-generated noise and Vanguardia has teamed with Southampton University to assist with the specialist area of work.
New AudioView at the First UK Stones Show of 2018 in London
25th May 2018
The newly updated AudioView was on display for the first UK Rolling Stones show (Tuesday 22 May 18) of their "No Filter" tour at the London Stadium.
The improved system worked impeccably with intuitive features to reinforce the impressive display. This system compliments our main MeTrao monitoring system which is adopted for multi-stage events.
Vanguardia Wins Key Projects in the Middle East
22nd May 2018
Vanguardia have recently won two more important high-profile projects in the Middle East seeing our current jobs in the area rise to seven. Mainly based in the regions of Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Qatar, the projects range from TV studio developments, to new stadia, extensive Master Planning city developments and new world class arenas.
Further projects are in the pipeline such as an acoustic review of an International Conference Centre.
The Ministry Offices
15th May 2018
Vanguardia have been appointed by the famous Ministry of Sound to provide acoustic advice for their new venture which comprises of a high-end office development, members club bar and event space.
Our appointment includes the internal acoustic design and environmental noise impact assessment.
Gearing Up For Another Summer of Live Music
14th May 2018
The Spring Bank Holiday weekend has always been a busy one for concerts and live events, but this year is shaping up to be bigger than ever before. As leaders in the field of noise management in the live entertainment industry, Vanguardia are set to deploy around 30 consultants to manage noise levels from some of the biggest events across the UK on the Spring Bank Holiday alone.
With Glastonbury on a break the BBC are presenting four major events covering, England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, with Vanguardia covering two of the four in Swansea and Coventry.
NBHD taking place on Victoria Park in Warrington is new to the event roster. Vanguardia have been involved in the event from the initial licensing stages and will be providing on and off-site monitoring throughout the event using a mixture of remote off-site monitoring equipment and our recently redesigned Audioview system on-site.
All Points East in Victoria Park is another new event where Vanguardia have also been involved from the initial planning stages, offering advice and guidance, and supporting the promoter through the licensing application process and subsequent licensing committees. Noise management on and off-site will be delivered with the assistance of on and off-site networked noise monitoring system MeTrao.
The full list of events we are providing noise management for over the Spring Bank Holiday Weekend are:
Rolling Stones – London Stadium, London
All Points East – Victoria Park, London
BBC Biggest Weekend – War Memorial Park, Coventry
BBC Biggest Weekend – Singleton Park, Swansea
Ed Sheeran – Etihad, Manchester
NBHD – Victoria, Park, Warrington
Concert at the Kings - All Cannings, Wiltshire
Creamfields Steelyard – Finsbury Park, London
We Are FSTVL - Upminster, London
To talk about noise management for your event, or to discuss our dedicated noise monitoring solutions, please email Office@vanguardia.co.uk and one of our event managers will get in touch.
Air Studios Wins Case
30th April 2018
World famous Air Studios wins case that threatened its long term business.
Air Studios were threatened by an extensive basement application next to their world class studios. Vanguardia mounted a noise and vibration case to halt the proposals and after 18 months of reports and evidence, the applicant withdrew their application when the case was called to a full Public Inquiry.
In addition, Air Studios have been awarded substantial costs from the applicant.
We Have Moved!!
24th April 2018
Following the growth of our specialist acoustic team and demand for our services we have moved from our previous base in Knutsford to the vibrant heart of Manchester. Our new office is located in the Northern Quarter close to fashionable bars, restaurants and a thriving music scene.
Olly Creedy, acoustic lead for Vanguardia in Manchester said “We have very loyal clients in the North and the move into central Manchester means we can not only service their needs much more efficiently, but continue to grow and develop new business”.
The Manchester Team are located at Jactin House, 24 Hood Street, Ancoats Urban Village, Manchester, M4 6WX, and can be contacted directly on 0161 974 3203.
Hampden Park Roar - Vanguardia's Review
18th April 2018
Matt McIlroy, one of our Senior Acoustic Consultants, visited Hampden Park on Sunday 15th April 2018 where the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final took place.
The noise levels within the stadium were recorded by Vanguardia throughout the game and resulted in a whopping peak crowd noise level of 115 decibels (115dB LAmax,F) which was described as almost as loud as a jet engine taking off. The incredible peak noise result was created by 49,729 passionate fans and was recurring after each Celtic goal against Rangers.
After reviewing the results, Matt McIlroy explains on BBC Radio Scotland: “The noise levels from the moment the players walked out on to the pitch were incredible and really shows the passion of the fans that those levels did not significantly change throughout the match”. Matt also highlighted that the levels were recorded from trackside - imagine just how loud it must have been amongst the fans.
A Successful Summer so far
2nd August 2017
Throughout the summer Vanguardia staff have been hard at work executing the noise management plans for various festivals up and down the UK. We have been providing our specialist monitoring equipment and operatives to help create successful events and ensure compliance to the festival license.
You may have seen us at British Summer Time, Isle of Wight Festival, Lovebox and Citadel - to name a few, and although the end of the festival season is quickly approaching, we are looking forward to all the events we have in the final month.
Varying locations, site layouts and weather conditions make each event their own unique challenge.
Acoustics Cup 2017 Winners
28th June 2017
7 of Vanguardia's team took part in the 2017 Campbell Associates Acoustics Cup. This is a charity event of which all proceeds go to the East Anglia's Children's Hospices.
Other consultancies that took part were RBA, Bickerdike Allen, Stanstead Environmental, Cole Jarman, WSP and Anderson Acoustics
After a difficult group stage - Vanguardia coming second - managed to secure a place in the semi finals. Vanguardia faced a very threatening Bickerdike Allen side in the semi-final and just managed to clinch the win. The Final was a tough battle against RBA who our team had lost against in the group stage. With lots of commitment and passion Vanguardia's team took the win and were crowned Acoustics Cup Winners 2017.
We would like to say a massive thank you to all teams and players that took part - especially Campbell Associates for organising such a fantastic event.
New Branding & Website
Throughout 2016, we have undergone a company wide Re-Brand with the help of London based brand and communication designers Hatched London.
"With Hatched onboard, Vanguardia wanted a fresh new start. A complete brand identity overhaul that would be scalable and express itself as a pioneer of ‘Audio & Visual’, but also represent the more serious ‘Environmental’ and ‘Expert Witness’ sides of the business."
"The answer was a brand essence rooted in the scientific theory and data visualisations that Vanguardia’s expertise is based upon. The new bespoke typeface is bold and precise in its construction, with spacious tracking and clean, unfussy, sans serif letterforms. The neon blue graphic locked up to the right hand side of the logo is based on a sound wave under compression. This has replaced the word ‘Consulting’ in the old logo and represents Vanguardia’s multidisciplinary expertise in all fields of acoustics."
"Lastly, and although not part of the actual logo, the ‘Sound & Space’ graphics are a concept created to be an integral part of Vanguardia’s brand make-up. These free-form, line-art structures represent sound manipulation and the architectural influence on acoustics. They are dynamic, changing from project to project and can be used fluidly across all collateral."
Read more about the design process behind the rebrand and see more examples of our brand implementation:
West Ham Play First Match and Open for Tours at Olympic Stadium
16th August 2016
Monday 15th August saw The Hammers take on Chelsea in the first Premier League game at their new home, the London Stadium (the former London Olympic Stadium), with Chelsea scooping a 2-1 defeat. West Ham are also now offering tours for fans to fans:
"Visitors will be able to access restricted areas of the stadium normally not available to the public on the 90-minute audio and video tour. Visits to the players’ changing room, managers’ dug-out and the London 2012 warm-up athletes track are some of the immersive experiences on offer for West Ham United supporters, athletics fans and followers of the London 2012 Games.
A personal handheld device will allow users to see unique interviews with footballers and athletes as well as highlights of the iconic venue’s history. One of the expected highlights will be the chance to walk through the tunnel out into the stadium accompanied by the deafening rendition of ‘Bubbles’ by 54,000 fans."
Vanguardia at Brighton's Wild Life Festival
27th June 2016
Vanguardia have jut returned from a second successful year of noise management at Brighton's Wild Life Festival.
Vanguardia were monitoring environmental sound propagation for the second year running, using our in house Audioview system on the main stages.
The sound systems ran comfortably within offsite limits, while the sound never dropped below 100dB(A). "In fact it reached 104dB(A) on the main stage," reports Robin Conway of Capital Sound. This more than satisfied the requirements of artists such as Ice Cube, James Bay, Carl Cox, The Avalanches, Busta Rhymes, De La Soul and the Martinez Brothers… in addition to the two founding headline bands.
Alex Krasnic at this Years STEM Fair
2nd June 2016
Vanguardia Senior Consultant Alex Krasnic will be representing the IOA at this year’s STEM fair aimed for young pupils on the 14th and 15th June 2016 at the Imperial War Museum, Cambridgeshire.
The event hosted by IWM Duxford and organised by STEM team East is expected to attract over 1000 pupils from 33 different schools and host 60 different workshops over the course of the two days.
Ranging from Engineering to Science, Technology and Mathematics the workshops will act as a hands-on activity fair. The practicality and style of learning is expected to create a fun learning environment for the pupils. Alex says, “the use of design based activities using specialist equipment will allow the students to have fun and learn at the same time.”
Alex, a STEM ambassador since 2009 believes, “giving knowledge back to the community is our corporate responsibility as professionals," and says, "if we all sew the seeds for exposure of acoustics we in turn help the community as well as give exposure for ourselves.”
More info at http://www.stemnet.org.uk/
Vanguardia to Distribute MeTrao Event Noise Management Platform
28th May 2016
Vanguardia, the UK's leading independent audio engineering and design consultancy, currently celebrating ten years in the entertainment sector, has secured sole UK distribution rights to MeTrao - a pioneering tool set to transform audio management at live events.
On 1 May 2016 Vanguardia is launching MeTrao's distribution, through which audio professionals and event organisers across the UK will be able to benefit from the products technical wizardry.
Offering an entirely new way of measuring sound and vibration, MeTrao was devised by Dutch entertainment technology experts Event Acoustics, based in Utrecht. The intelligent sound management product allows event organisers and sound engineers to meet noise control regulations with ease - while maximising the quality of audio output at the highest possible levels. Vanguardia has done a deal with the product's main European distributor, Ampco Flashlight Sales, to secure UK rights.
Read more on MeTrao.