Over 44 years of sound business with Oscar Acoustics
Founded in 1978 by John Hancock our current non-executive chairman, we have built an enviable reputation for the reliability, quality and performance of both our acoustic products and staff. We are a 44-year-old family business with strong core values and have built our company relationships through honesty and integrity. We take pride in the clients we work with and exceeding their expectations time and time again.
We serve Great Britain providing architectural acoustic finishes for buildings across many different sectors and industries, advocating the health and wellbeing of all those who enter them. With our extensive range of recycled and seamless acoustic finishes we enable designers to create beautiful, calm and inviting spaces that sound as good as they look.
Watch our company video where we explore the variety of sectors and applications our products can provide the perfect acoustic solution for.
Through the years with Oscar Acoustics
By 1978 company founder John Hancock had 9 years professional engineering experience working with companies such as Schweppes and The Crown Cork Company. John came across a new business opportunity at Cantrell & Cochrane (soft drink bottlers later taken over by Coca Cola) where there was a new requirement for all machinery to meet the '1974 Health and Safety at work Act'. He convinced them to give him the opportunity to design, manufacture and install safety guards for the labelling machines throughout their factory.
This was a major turning point for John as he launched this business idea and company registered as Oscar Engineering Ltd.
He found a small manufacturing facility on a farm, employed a skilled labour team to assist manufacture, bought a small bungalow in Kent and got married. A year later followed the birth of his first son Ben Hancock – now Managing Director of Oscar Acoustics.
Over the following years things became very busy for Oscar Engineering Ltd, increasing their client list with well-known companies such as Watneys, Mars, Nestle, Coca Cola, The Kellogg Company and many more. As factories became more and more under pressure from the HSE to reduce noise levels for employees, John decided to diverse into acoustics and noise control offering improved designs for seals, sound absorption, full enclosures and attenuated ventilation.
Oscar Acoustics Directors, John & Ben Hancock - 1981
Introducing architectural acoustic finishes to Great Britain
By the late 1980s Oscars had doubled its manufacturing capacity and diversified even further into more acoustic products and services and in 1992 Oscar Acoustics became the new trading name of Oscar Engineering Ltd.
In 1998 John Hancock visited Amsterdam at the invitation of the MD of Asona BV to view installations of SonaSpray acoustic decorative finishes and was so impressed that he then visited International Cellulose Corporation (ICC) the manufacturers of the SonaSpray range in Houston, Texas and agreed a licence for Great Britain. The SonaSpray range entered the UK market via Oscar Acoustics over 21 years ago at a time when the alternatives were tiled ceilings and basic acoustic panels. Gradually, Oscars portfolio expanded from village halls and churches to large schools, international film studios and attractions including the London Millenium Dome.
The ranges versatility began to gain attention across Great Britain as products that could be applied onto almost any substrate configuration and to meet any acoustic requirement. With these acoustic decorative finishes following the lines of whatever is beneath them, architects could for the first time allow their imaginations to run wild, creating beautiful flowing spaces that are pleasurable environments in which to spend time. No longer would architects have to compromise on design in order to achieve acoustic perfection. As the world has become more environmentally aware, the recycled paper based SonaSpray range was perfectly placed to fulfil the requirements of virtually any sustainability system or accreditation.
In 2005 Ben Hancock joined the company and worked within Oscar's specialist in-house spray teams for several years, then onto project management. In 2017 Ben was made Managing Director.
We are proud to have created a bespoke acoustic solutions market that did not previously exist in Great Britain, with products that give architects and interior designers the freedom to design without the constraints of traditional acoustic methods. Those who incorporate our acoustic products into their designs can create beautiful, calm and inviting modern spaces that sound just as good as they look, designing for appearance but most importantly experience. We are privileged to be able to continue to shape the acoustics industry and improve the user experience of buildings across the country.