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dBx for Architects and Design Professionals

We work with design professionals, including architects, structural engineers, and M&E consultants across a range of sectors to identify appropriate acoustic standards on a project-by-project basis, and to develop solutions which integrate with the overall design.

The support we provide includes:

  • Room acoustic modelling and advice on placement and specification of acoustic finishes.

  • Advice on the acoustic performance of separating walls and floors.

  • Acoustic junction details and services penetration details to maintain performance.

  • Building services noise and vibration control, for both internal and external plants and systems.

  • Assessment of ventilation strategy in relation to acoustic requirements, including acoustic assessment of overheating conditions, performance specification of façade elements and ventilators, and plant selections.

  • Planning noise impact assessment.

Where compliance with specific design standards is required, such as BB93 for schools, HTM08-01 for healthcare, Approved Document E (ADE) for residential, or BREEAM, we have the experience to guide you painlessly through the requirements and ensure your design is compliant.

We’ve introduced a new service, SoundBx, which allows us to demonstrate the effect of different acoustic specifications in all of these areas, to help designers make balanced decisions around acoustic design options and their relative costs and benefits, without drowning in confusing technical jargon.

Here’s our recent work

dBx helps boost productivity in co-working space

As the workplace evolves, more and more people are working flexibly – whether that be late at night, from a sun terrace in Italy, or in a specially designed co-working space.

Clockwise provide the latter – contemporary private offices and shared workspace with flexible membership plans. With sites in Belfast, Edinburgh and Glasgow, we were delighted to be asked to work on their “new kid on the dock” at the iconic Edward Pavilion on Liverpool’s world-famous Albert Dock.

Appointed by international construction company Ardmac in 2018 and working alongside architects 74, we were asked to help with specifying partitions between the workspaces. Sound insulation is very important for bustling co-working spaces, helping to provide settings that support different activities, such as having private conversations, focused/individual work and collaborative sessions.

We assisted the partition specification and detailing to maintain sound insulation between different workspaces while ensuring we didn’t impact the fabric of the building, which is a 19th century warehouse with preserved original features, including cast iron columns, Victorian brickwork and barrel vaulted ceilings.

We also worked on building services noise control, particularly on the upper floor, which features air handling units sitting on plant decks suspended within the open plan office space.

A historic building on a historic site, we’re proud to have worked on this challenging and exciting project.

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