How Loud Should Aotea Be?
How loud should events in the new Aotea Square be allowed to be?
Auckland City Council is seeking feedback on a proposal to allow for sound levels of up to 85 decibels when screening some events on Aotea Square’s big screen.
Currently the council’s Central Area District Plan allows for sound levels of up to 65 decibels. The council is proposing to increase this to 85 decibels over the main audience area in Aotea Square for a maximum of 45 screen events each year. Out of the 45 events, 35 will occur between 7am – 10pm and only 10 events will occur between 7am – midnight.
Sound levels will be monitored by a sound limiting device and will not be able to exceed the proposed limits.
The types of events that could be screened at up to 85 decibels include light opera, symphony, acoustic music, festivals, major sporting events and films.
Auckland City suggests those increased sound levels will ensure that people attending events can hear sports commentary, a speech or film dialogue clearly throughout the main audience area of the square.
The consultation period starts tomorrow until October 10 and there’s an open day on this Saturday in the Limelight Room, Aotea Centre from 10am to noon.
So have we got our money’s worth from the square itself? It opens October 1.
Here is how it looks today behind the wire fencing: