We were delighted to attend the 15th John Connell Awards – also referred to as the Noise Oscars – last night at the Palace of Westminster in London.
The event is organised each year by the Noise Abatement Society (NAS), a dynamic UK charity raising awareness about noise pollution.
The annual John Connell Awards are named after NAS’s founder John Connell OBE, and they acknowledge the importance of the quality of sound in our lives. Over 160 recipients from local authorities, industry, organisations and individuals have been honoured for the significant impact they have made to improve the aural environment.
Last night’s ceremony was hosted by Bob Neill, MP for Bromley & Chislehurst, and was attended by local authorities, acoustics experts, companies committed to providing quieter products and services and high profile individuals who campaign for a more peaceful environment. Speakers included Sonia Phippard, Director General Environment, Rural and Marine – Defra, Mark Pritchard MP for The Wrekin, Shropshire and Jo Webb President of the Institute of Acoustics.
Anderson Acoustics were pleased to support the awards through the sponsorship of the Quiet Mark Award of Distinction, which recognises those that promote the importance of sound in the quality of our lives.
This year’s Quiet Mark Award winner was Miele GB.
Gloria Elliott, Chief Executive of the Noise Abatement Society and daughter of John Connell said “Miele embraces ‘Quiet’ as a priority in its product development and marketing – it is part of its DNA. Founded in 1899, Miele is proud of its long standing commitment to deliver high performance, low noise products to enhance consumer experience. The support shown by this company for the film ‘In Pursuit of Silence’ is further evidence of the company’s commitment to the importance of excellent acoustic design.”
Anderson Acoustics provides consultancy services to assess, mitigate and manage the risks arising from the impacts of noise and vibration associated with development. We support the aims and objectives of NAS and Quiet Mark by positively applying our understanding of sound, soundscapes and sound quality to deliver better buildings and spaces, better communities and places, along with better products.
Image credit: The Noise Abatement Society. Anderson Acoustics’ own Luca Dellatorre is pictured here (left to right) with Simon Grantham, Managing Director of Miele GB, and Ben Rimmington, Director of Road Safety, Standards and Services, Department of Transport.