About Oscar Acoustics
Founded in 1978 by John Hancock our current non-executive chairman, Oscar Acoustics have built an enviable reputation for the reliability, quality and performance of both its acoustic products and staff. We are a 41-year-old family business with strong core values that has built its company relationships through honesty and integrity. We take pride in the clients we work with and exceeding their expectations time and time again.
Oscar Acoustics 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, seamless, acoustic, decorative finishes we enable designers to create beautiful, calm and inviting, modern spaces that sound as good as they look.
Through the years with Oscar Acoustics – Our story
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.
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.
It was slow to create a market for a new product but by 2000 Oscars had some noteworthy UK installations of SonaSpray including the Millennium Dome, London.
In 2005 Ben Hancock joined the company and worked within our specialist in-house spray teams for several years, then onto project management and in 2017 was made a Director.
Where Oscar Acoustics is today
Oscar Acoustics is Britain’s leading provider of seamless acoustic sprays and plasters for the control of noise reverberation in buildings, offering superb acoustics without ever having to compromise on design.
Our acoustic product range includes
- SonaSpray and Oscar Elite seamless acoustic sprays and plasters.
- Acoustic isolation hangers and soundproofing systems for the reduction of noise transfer between floors/ceilings.
- Acoustic thermal treatment for basement car parks, balconies and cantilever buildings.
- Acoustic thermal cavity fill.
- Evo-Panels - a unique acoustic panel designed specifically for low level, in high impact locations such as sports halls and factories.
- Acoustic building blocks.
For more details on why we are different and our client benefits please see our, 'Why us' page below: