Sharps Redmore and Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh are involved in an exciting new University research study called Project DeStress.
The research aims to Design and Engineer Soundscapes To enable Restorative Environments for Sustainable Societies. The project engages the public in three UK cities to identify quiet, calm, and tranquil areas in their city, with the purpose of developing guidelines to help local councils identify ‘quiet areas’ that need to be protected as part of the Environmental Noise Directive 2002/49/EC. Three case study sites will be examined in detail, producing noise maps and soundscape maps of the site, assisted by Clive Bentley from Sharps Redmore. Virtual environment simulations of the sites will be created to examine the relationship between soundscapes and people’s health and wellbeing, to enhance our understanding of the need to protect quiet, calm, or tranquil places within our cities. You can get involved by completing the online survey if you live in, or regularly visit, Edinburgh, Sheffield, or Brighton and Hove. The survey will take 10-15 minutes of your time. Plus there is the chance to join the team as a Post-Doctoral Research Assistant or studying for a PhD, with Dr Sarah Payne at Heriot-Watt University. Find out more at the Project Destress website or twitter.