dBx for Contractors

We regularly work with contractors including Reds10, Bouygues UK, Willmott Dixon and Watson & Cox on projects across all sectors. Our involvement can be as part of a ‘design and build’ project, but we also join existing projects as part of the Contractor team when they are appointed.

When joining a project in the run up to construction, we review all available acoustic survey and design information to identify any project risks, or indeed anything that may be missing. Without compromising the required acoustic design criteria for a project, we’ll work with our contractor clients to identify and review alternative proposals which may provide cost savings, improved sustainability, and/or cleaner and faster builds. Innovations such as our new service, SoundBx, allow us to demonstrate the effect of different acoustic specifications without overwhelming you with technical jargon.

Examples of the services we provide to contractors includes;

  • Acoustic design across all sectors.

  • Discharge of acoustically related planning conditions.

  • BS5228 construction noise impact assessment and Section 61 (S61) agreements.

  • Construction site noise, dust and vibration monitoring.

  • Acoustic commissioning testing to confirm compliance with standards such as BB93 (schools), HTM 08-01 (healthcare), and Approved Document E (residential).

  • Verification noise surveys to confirm compliance with planning conditions.

  • dBx Acoustics is UKAS accredited (laboratory number 9473) to carry out sound insulation testing for Building Control compliance.

We hold accreditations with ConstructionLine, CHAS and SSIP, and all of our consultants have CSCS cards to ensure safe site working. We are also accredited to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 for quality and environmental management.

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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