dBx for Property Developers

dBx Acoustics works alongside developers such as Mulbury, Urban Splash, Acorn Blue and Marrico Asset Management to support their projects at all stages of construction, from planning through to construction and completion. We pride ourselves on being able to provide this comprehensive service as a ‘one stop’ for all of your noise and acoustic related requirements.

Examples of the services we provide at different stages include;

Planning

  • Noise and vibration surveys and noise impact assessment for planning

  • Acoustic modelling to predict noise impact on speculative development.

  • Advice on glazing and ventilation strategy for compliance with relevant standards and planning requirements.

  • BS8233:2014 residential and commercial noise impact assessment.

  • BS4142:2014 plant noise impact assessment.

Detailed Design

  • Advice on appropriate acoustic design standards with reference to both formal and informal requirements including planning requirements, British Standards, Building Regulations and BREEAM.

  • Acoustic specification of floors and partitions to control airborne and impact sound insulation.

  • Room acoustic design and modelling to ensure appropriate conditions for your project – whether it’s a school, office, restaurant, conference centre, or even a concert hall – there’s nothing we can’t help with.

  • Building services noise control, both within a building to provide appropriate acoustic conditions, and control of noise emissions to the surrounding area.

  • Acoustic specification of façade and glazing to control noise intrusion and noise emissions.

  • Junction and penetration details to control sound flanking.

Construction

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

  • Construction noise, dust and vibration monitoring.

Handover

  • 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.

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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