A new Associate has been appointed at one of the Midlands’ leading technical consultancies, MEC Consulting Group, enabling the firm’s Acoustic team to expand its services.

Martin Hamer joins MEC as Associate Acoustic Consultant, bringing with him over two decades of experience, including most recently as a Director of a specialist acoustic consultancy employing ten staff. A full corporate member of the Institute of Acoustics (IOA), Martin has worked on hospitality, healthcare, education, commercial and residential developments across the UK. His appointment means MEC can now offer building acoustic design and compliance testing for developers, housebuilders and architects, complementing existing environmental-based services.

“I was attracted to the role with MEC because of their strong reputation in residential development and felt this aligned well with my skillset,” said Martin. “After conversations with Alex it became clear the company has entered an exciting new phase and there would be opportunities to support the growth of the acoustics side of the business.

“Part of my role is to manage and mentor our teams in Leicester and Birmingham, which have a wealth of talent, as well as bring in new professionals as our work increases. With the Midlands’ property sector especially active, I’m confident our building acoustic design service will positively support new build sites and conversion projects across the region,” adds Martin.

Martin’s appointment follows a period of success for MEC’s Acoustic team. Acoustic Consultant, Harry Johnson has recently passed his diploma with merit to become an Associate member of the IOA, meaning the firm now has four, full-time IOA members. New projects for the team include residential development sites in Leicester and Lincoln, extensions to sports facilities in Bishop Stortford and Market Harborough, and a technology park in Humberside.

MEC’s Managing Director, Alex Bennett concludes: “Acoustics are a critical part of any development planning and early engagement with a specialist can significantly help streamline a project. As demand for our work in this field has increased, the timing was right to recruit an experienced professional who could not only immediately add value for our clients but could also act as a mentor for the next generation. Martin’s credentials made him the standout candidate and we’re delighted to welcome him to the team.”