From the offset careful consideration should be shown to the acoustic design detailing for both conversion and new build projects if you are to achieve a successful sound testing in London at the first attempt.
For instance many of the dwellings in London consist of flats converted from large Victorian houses. At the time of the original build some 100 years ago, designing for sound insulation was not a consideration and so many of the dwellings suffer from adverse noise transference between the floor and wall partitions. This can be extremely stressful to the occupant’s well-being is a major cause for concern.
There are ways to improve the airborne and impact performance by improving the wall/floor partitions ability to reduce the amount of sound transmission from one side of a construction element to the other and subsequently from dwelling to dwelling. By adding isolation and mass to the floors and wall construction compliance with Part E for conversion projects can be achieved.
To help our clients achieve successful sound testing we offer the following ‘3 step package’:
- Sample Sound Testing of the existing building. This offers an accurate overview of the acoustic performance of the existing partitions which enables us to offer a targeted acoustic design using the sound insulation performance of the existing construction.
- Acoustic Design Review of the proposed developments party walls and floors to ensure acoustic details with be sufficient to pass Building Regulations Part E
- Site Survey Visits to check that the onsite construction is being undertaken in-line with manufacturer’s guidelines.
In our experience if the acoustic design is taken into consideration from the offset of the project, then it usually results in compliance with Building Regulations Part E. In many cases sound test failure is down to poor acoustic design and poor workmanship, that is why we offer the 3 step process to achieve successful sound testing on your London project.