In a development highlighted at the recent PLASA Show, the British Standards Institution has introduced the revised BS7827 code of practice for audio systems designers in sports venues.
The original BS7827 was drawn up in the wake of the Hillsborough disaster in 1989 and covers the design, specification, maintenance and operation of emergency sound systems at any venue where sport is played, including stadia, racecourses, swimming pools, shopping malls and conference/exhibition centres.
The new revision, BS7827:2011, was formally concluded on the Tannoy and Lab.gruppen stand at PLASA 2011.
Steve Jones (pictured here, third from left, with (L to R) John Devaney, Dave Bearman, David Tyas, Richard Northwood, Anders Fauerskov and Roland Hemming), a consulting engineer specialising in sound and chairman of the EPL 100-2 Working Group at BSI, which produced the revised standard, commented: “This is a code of practice; a guide as to what to think about when you are designing a system right through to commissioning a system, and also the part in the middle, which is the electro-acoustic design and the system design and so on.
“We’re hoping that some of the good work that we have put into this standard will go into EN54 part 32, which is being written at the moment by the European Working Group 3, and that will effectively be a performance standard for voice alarm systems.”