All acoustics, all across the UK

We provide the full range of noise and vibration consultancy services to all parts of the United Kingdom, always working in accordance with the relevant published acoustic standards and guidelines. Browse below for a snapshot of the work types we're experts in, and email us for a bespoke quote.

Services

Noise

  • Environmental noise impact assessment
  • Noise transmission between spaces
  • Construction  noise monitoring
  • Noise models / noise mapping / sound propagation
  • ES chapter collaboration
  • Complaints / noise nuisance allegations
  • BS7445: Description and measurement of environmental noise
  • BS4142: Methods for rating and assessing industrial and commercial sound
  • Environmental Protection Act (EPA) notices

Vibration

  • Ground-borne vibration impact assessment
  • Building damage vibration assessment
  • Complaints / nuisance allegations
  • Railway line vibration
  • Piling vibration monitoring
  • BS7385: Evaluation and measurement for vibration in buildings
  • BS6472: Guide to evaluation of human exposure to vibration in buildings

Planning support

  • Feasibility input for all premises and development types
  • Discharge of planning conditions for all premises and development types
  • BS8233: Guidance on sound insulation and noise reduction for buildings
  • NPPF: National planning policy framework
  • NPSE: Noise policy statement for England
  • NPPG: National planning practice guidance
  • ProPG: Professional practice guidance on planning and noise
  • PAN 1/2011: Planning advice note 1/2011 (Scotland)
  • TAN 11: Technical advice note 11 (Wales)
  • BS4142: Methods for rating and assessing industrial and commercial sound
  • ETSU-R-97 Assessment & Rating of Noise from Wind Farms

Advice

  • Building Regulations Approved Document E (ADE) acoustic advice
  • Building Standards Technical Handbook Section 5 Noise (Scotland)
  • Listed Building acoustic advice
  • Shell specification criteria input
  • Acoustic enclosure / attenuation advice
  • Remedial acoustic advice

Testing

  • Building Control signoff
  • Pre-completion sound insulation testing (England and Wales) 
  • Post-completion sound insulation testing (Scotland)
  • ANC national database test registration
  • Non-invasive investigative separating wall and floor acoustic performance testing
  • Plant validation testing
  • Residential validation testing
  • NR curves

Legal support

  • CPR Part 35 compliant expert witness reports
  • Written representations
  • Court testimony
  • Public inquiries
  • Complaints / nuisance allegations
  • Forensic audio analysis
  • Contract delivery disputes
  • Product performance disputes
  • Professional care / competence disputes
  • Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) occupational health claim evidence support

Health and safety

  • Noise at Work Regulations 2005 assessments
  • Hand-arm vibration (HAVS)
  • Activity-specific  acoustic PPE workplace health & safety advice
  • Sleep disturbance
  • WHO guidance
  • BS6841: Guide to measurement and evaluation of human exposure to whole-body mechanical vibration and repeated shock

Construction sites

  • Construction site noise monitoring during works
  • Vibration monitoring during works
  • Piling vibration assessment
  • Noise management plans
  • BS5228: Code of practice for noise and vibration control on construction and open sites

Industry

  • Extension of operating hours
  • Proposed new industrial operations
  • Plant / machinery / equipment noise impact assessment
  • Acoustic mitigation advice for enclosures / louvres / barriers / ducting / attenuation / ASHP / air source heat pump noise assessment / ground source heat pump assessment
  • Complaints / nuisance allegations
  • BS4142: Methods for rating and assessing industrial and commercial sound
  • IPPC: Integrated pollution prevention and control

Transport

  • Road traffic
  • Rail traffic
  • Aircraft / airports
  • HGV / delivery impact
  • Increased traffic flow impact
  • Transport noise propagation / barriering
  • CRTN: Calculation of road traffic noise
  • CRN: Calculation of railway noise
  • DMRB: Design manual for roads and bridges

Infrastructure

  • Agriculture
  • Food processing plants
  • Water treatment works
  • Waste management and recycling facilities
  • Renewable energy
  • ETSU-R-97 assessments for wind farms and wind turbines
  • Onshore wind turbines
  • Offshore wind turbines
  • Gas pipelines
  • Quarry blasting
  • Concrete processing
  • Tarmac processing
  • Minerals extraction and blasting
  • BESS (battery energy storage system) sites

Healthcare

  • Hospitals
  • GP surgeries
  • Sleep clinics
  • Special needs accommodation
  • Care homes / nursing homes
  • Compliance testing
  • Acoustic input at all stages
  • HTM08-01: Health technical memorandum 08-01 Acoustics

Education

  • Nurseries / daycare centres
  • Primary schools
  • Secondary schools
  • Academies
  • Higher education / HE
  • Further education / FE
  • University lecture halls
  • Exam rooms
  • Libraries
  • Special education needs / SEN
  • Acoustic input at all stages
  • BB93: Building bulletin 93 Acoustic design of schools

Offices

  • Open plan layouts
  • Privacy concerns
  • Call centres
  • Meeting rooms / conference rooms
  • Acoustic absorption treatments
  • Transmission between spaces
  • Noise masking / white noise / crosstalk attenuation solutions
  • Acoustic input at all stages

BREEAM

  • Deemed competent to carry out BREEAM assessments
  • Credits awarded for all BREEAM building types
  • Well-versed in all BREEAM issue versions

Hospitality

  • Restaurants
  • Bars
  • Pubs
  • Hotels
  • B&B / bed & breakfast
  • Food halls / popup venues
  • Mobile catering
  • Patron noise
  • Carpark noise
  • Acoustic advice for bespoke employer's requirements / criteria
  • Kitchen extract / mechanical services noise

Sport and leisure

  • MUGA / sports pitches / stadia
  • Football
  • Rugby
  • Hockey
  • Motorcross
  • Racetracks
  • Skate parks
  • Airfields
  • Gun clubs / clay pigeon shooting ranges
  • Open-air markets and fairs
  • Shopping centres and malls

Entertainment

  • Live music venues / arenas
  • Cinemas
  • Theatres
  • Concerts
  • Pubs and clubs
  • Festivals / outdoor events
  • Noise mitigation plans / noise management plans
  • Sound system advice and specification
  • Limiter configuration
  • Extension of trading hours
  • Discharge of conditions
  • Licensing issues
  • Complaints / nuisance allegations

Audio recording

  • Studio optimisation advice for music / media / video game / film production
  • Foley booth sound isolation and attenuation
  • Room treatments for acoustic quality improvement
  • Sound dampening
  • Sound insulation between noise-sensitive spaces
  • Crosstalk attenuation

Wedding venues

  • Discharge of conditions
  • Acoustic configuration of permanent and temporary structures
  • Marquee placement and acoustic advice
  • Extension of trading hours
  • Live music / bands / DJs
  • Sound system advice
  • Limiter configuration
  • Patron carpark use

Places of worship

  • Auditorium configuration for acoustic quality enhancement
  • Sound insulation acoustic advice for internal spaces with different uses
  • Media production studio advice
  • Sound system advice and specification
  • Churches, mosques, temples, chapels, crematoria

Animals and wildlife

  • Dog breeding kennels
  • Dog boarding kennels
  • Catteries / cat boarding
  • Animal rescue sanctuaries
  • Impact of noise pollution upon natural habitats

Product testing

  • Measurement of sound power levels
  • Manufacturer's data review and supplementation
  • Laboratory testing of construction details
  • Product performance testing and comparison with stated literature performance

Noise modelling

  • Noise propagation maps
  • Noise models
  • CadnaA
  • CATT
  • Insul


Professional review

  • Analysis of previously reported findings
  • Objective critique of validity of others' rebuttals
  • Examination of others' professional qualifications / competence
  • Review of others' use and execution of assessment methodologies
  • Noise-induced hearing loss claims review (NIHL)

Case studies

Firth Hall, Sheffield
(2013-2014)

We advised on room configuration and finishes to optimise acoustic quality for the many different uses of the main hall of this Listed Building on the University of Sheffield campus, including lectures, exams, concerts, and banquets.

Night & Day Cafe, Manchester
(2014)

Our acoustic evidence successfully supported this icon of the Manchester music scene against allegations of noise nuisance, helping the venue  to withstand the threat of closure at the time.

Brixton Lambeth UTC, London
(2015-2017)

We contributed to EFA delivery of an educational campus comprising Lambeth College, Trinity Academy, and Southbank Engineering UTC in Brixton Hill. The project included a new sports hall, multi-use games area, and external social spaces.

Fairfax Street, Coventry
(2016-2021)

Our involvement in this high-rise student accommodation included acoustic modelling to value-engineer noise mitigation across the various floor levels, as well as advising on internal acoustic separation between different spaces, such as bedrooms and gym.

Sidelines

The Little Red Book of Acoustics

Pictured above on the shelves of the RIBA Library in London. The 4th edition of our handbook is available to purchase exclusively from our UK distributor, Read.Holmfirth.

Product development

Coding solutions to create data processing and acoustic calculation methods that enhance analysis capabilities.

Systems development

Workflow protocols to optimise microbusiness efficiency, standardise staff output, and maintain high quality work product.

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