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Specialist in:

  • Architectural and Building acoustics:
  • Residential, Cinemas, Leisure boxes, Hotels
  • Acoustics for Planning
  • Building Services Acoustics

Ian Harley

BSc (Hons) MSc MIOA
Associate Director


Ian studied for his Masters in Environmental Pollution Control at the University of Derby in 1995, at the same time as completing the Diploma in Acoustics and Noise Control.

Work history

Following the successful completion of the Masters and Diploma, Ian began his acoustics career in 1997 as a Technical Officer in the Environmental Health Department of North Norfolk District Council. There, he dealt with noise complaints and assisted in the noise issues relating to planning applications.

Following the decision to move from the public sector to the private sector, Ian began his consultancy career with SRL where he worked his way up to Executive Consultant. Following a brief spell at a multi-disciplinary company in London, Ian took up a position at Sharps Redmore in 2013. Ian was appointed an Associate in June 2015, and subsequently moved to lead Sharps Redmore’s presence in Scotland.

In January 2022, Ian accepted an invitation to become an Associate Director. 

Work experience

Ian has extensive experience in the acoustics work required for planning applications, building acoustics design and mechanical services on projects in the residential, leisure, and commercial sectors. He has worked on numerous projects for large leisure operators and national house builders. Alongside this, Ian has project managed the acoustic design for many high-profile national developments.

Ian’s main drivers are to solve problems and achieve the required results for his clients. It just happens that he can use his skills in acoustics to do this!


Outside of work, Ian is a keen sports enthusiast (watcher), spending the winters monitoring the progress of Port Vale Football Club, and the summers watching the progress of Essex County Cricket Club.

Since moving to Scotland in 2016, Ian has been able to pursue his passion of hill and mountain walking, especially on the west coast.