“Acoustic consultants, specialising in both building acoustics and environmental noise.  We help to create great sounding spaces.”


What we do

We like to think that Formant offers something unique:

  • the highest quality design,
  • the responsiveness and value-for-money you would expect from a small specialist consultancy and
  • simple, clear communication.

Who we are

Formant was set up in 2018 by Paul Driscoll.  Paul has been working in the acoustics industry since 2005, leading acoustics teams on major projects for BDP Acoustics and Ramboll Acoustics.  Paul’s background as a musician and teacher provides a unique skillset to communicate intangible acoustic concepts in a clear and simple way.

Where we work

In short, anywhere.  We are based in South Wales, but have worked on UK projects from Penzance to Peterhead and international projects from Mauritius to Nepal.

How we work

Our clients have unique needs and our approach adapts to suit each individual project.  One of the first things we do on each and every project is to meet the client and develop an acoustic brief.  With all clients we work proactively and collaboratively.

Why we do it

We believe good acoustics is critical for the health and wellbeing of all people.  We get our kicks from things like the audience in a concert hall experiencing a wonderful sound; a client saving thousands on acoustic treatment that they didn’t need; or a patient in a hospital recovering more quickly due to reduced noise levels and better sleep.

Above all we do what we do to make a positive difference to the sound of the world around us.


We provide the full range of acoustic consultancy services including:

  • Building acoustics design
  • Sound insulation design
  • Room acoustics design
  • Environmental noise surveys and design
  • Vibration surveys and design
  • M&E noise control design
  • Audio systems design
  • Auralisation

We also have a network of specialist collaborators who can offer complimentary services for example aircraft noise, mining/blasting noise and vibration, PAVA, audio-visual and stage lighting design.


We provide acoustic consultancy services in all major sectors of the construction industry.  We have worked on schools, universities, historic buildings, offices, hospitals/health centres, residential developments, student residential developments, mixed use developments, retail, recording studios, concert halls, theatres, churches, sports arenas, stadia, windfarms, electrical infrastructure, railway lines, highway schemes, airports, ports, gas pipelines, substations, laboratories, and many other types of project.

If you’d like to know more about the specialist services we offer for each type of project, please give us a call.


During his time at BDP Acoustics and Ramboll Acoustics, Paul has delivered a wide variety of projects, small and large.

Paul has worked with some of the best architects in the world including Foster & Partners, FCBS, RTKL, AWW, AHR, Richard Murphy, Purcell, Stride Treglown, HLM, IBI, John Macaslan, Nicholas Hare, Hawkins\Brown, Allies & Morrison, Associated Architects, ShedKM, Architype, Hopkins and more.

Some particular project highlights have been:

  • Palace of Westminster, London (with BDP)
  • Royal College of Music extension and refurbishment (with BDP)
  • National Graphene Institute, Manchester (with Ramboll/Jestico & Whiles)
  • Transformation of the Southbank Centre (with Ramboll/FCBS)


If you have a project which needs acoustic consultancy support, please get in touch:

T: +44 (0)7557231998

E: enquiries@formant.co.uk

Formant Ltd.
Ty Newydd Farm
Monmouthshire NP78DW

Registered company no. 11393241