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The In’s and Out’s of Office Acoustics
Jul 11, 2018

The In’s and Out’s of Office Acoustics

For many of us, more hours are spent in the office than in our own homes. For this reason, it is imperative that intelligent design incorporates the key considerations of office acoustics, and in this blog we will go into some of the important factors when it comes to getting noise exactly right in a professional work environment.

ProPG The Latest Guidance for Acoustic Consultants
Jul 06, 2018

ProPG The Latest Guidance for Acoustic Consultants

Taking into account how noise and its associated problems can affect communities is an essential aspect of the planning process and one that many planning professionals - on both the local authority side and the development side - are wholeheartedly committed to.

Gym Noise Impact Assessments - What Needs To Be Considered?
Jun 22, 2018

Gym Noise Impact Assessments - What Needs To Be Considered?

Fitness is now a multi-billion pound industry in the UK. This has inspired a new wave of budget gym launches, alongside growth from more established brands. Schools, colleges and employers have also increasingly recognised the importance of creating gym facilities within their buildings as a way to underpin health, wellbeing and engagement.

Guide to Restaurant Acoustics
Jun 18, 2018

Guide to Restaurant Acoustics

The UK eating out market is believed to be worth around £5.4billion - and it's growing. (https://www.bighospitality.co.uk/Article/2016/02/23/UK-diners-to-spend-54.7bn-on-eating-out-by-2017) However, that’s not to say that restaurants have an easy time carving out market share and remaining competitive. The creativity of new brands and the modern day “theatre” of dining out are all clear signs that restaurateurs and chains are having to do everything in their power to attract diners, and keep them coming back.

What’s the difference between Rw and DnTw? Laboratory Acoustic Tests Vs Field Acoustic Tests.
Feb 13, 2018

What’s the difference between Rw and DnTw? Laboratory Acoustic Tests Vs Field Acoustic Tests.

When it comes to specifying which partition wall or floor design to choose for a project or which product supplier or specifiers data sheet to trust, there’s a lot of confusion and mis-application. One of the most common points of confusion is the difference between Rw and DnT,w. Misunderstanding these two can lead to under performance or overspending, so here’s a brief guide to help you out.

The Basics of Soundproofing: Sound Insulation & Sound Testing for Part E of the Building Regulations
Feb 10, 2018

The Basics of Soundproofing: Sound Insulation & Sound Testing for Part E of the Building Regulations

Soundproofing to ensure you meet the requirements of Part E of the Building Regulations should not be seen as an arduous task. Achieving good soundproofing between houses and flats is essential for our growing cities, nobody wants to hear their neighbours through a poorly soundproofed wall or hear the flat above you walking to and fro. Poor Sound Insulation is an issue ......

A review of Building Regulations Approved Document E: Sound Insulation & Sound Testing for Part E of the Building Regulations -
Feb 10, 2018

A review of Building Regulations Approved Document E: Sound Insulation & Sound Testing for Part E of the Building Regulations -

An important part of the national building regulations are the various approved documents within it. These approved documents give guidance to designers, developers and engineers as to how building regulations can be met in common building situations. As such, they give a vital point of reference when building properties that people in the industry can rely on.

Acoustic Consultants News – The Workplace Noise Regulations Explained
Feb 08, 2018

Acoustic Consultants News – The Workplace Noise Regulations Explained

If you’re an employer working in an industry that’s notorious for the noise it produces, then one piece of legislation you might be familiar with is the Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005. Introduced in April 2006, this now long-standing law was created to supersede the ‘Noise at Work Regulations 1989’. Both the 1989 and 2006 regulations are based on European Union directives requiring similar regulation

Acoustic Consultants News – BB93 and Acoustic Design in Schools: A Design Guide
Feb 02, 2018

Acoustic Consultants News – BB93 and Acoustic Design in Schools: A Design Guide

The Government provides clear guidance on the acoustics, lighting and ventilation requirements for all school buildings in the UK. It could be argued that the latter two are reasonably simple to quantify and control, however, effectively managing the acoustic environment of a busy education setting appears to be a far more complex and taxing proposition.

How Sensitive Are Our Ears to Noise At Work?
May 05, 2015

How Sensitive Are Our Ears to Noise At Work?

Your ears are amazing. That might sound like something that ranks fairly highly on a list of terrible pick-up lines, but people are often unaware of the incredible feats that their ears perform on a daily basis.

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  • ISO-9001
  •  Institute Of Acoustics
  • Construction Line
  • LABC
  • IEMA
  • HAS

testimonials

- Paul Hastings

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30th May, 2017

I engaged Nova at the outset of my project (which I recommend you do) to assist with providing a detailed material specification and installation guidance. There was always someone available to help with practical enquiries and advice...

- C.G. Henry

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29th Nov, 2017

I had Adam come round to a property which i thought was beyond repair. He gave sound advice with exact details of what needed to be carried out in the most cost effective manner. Once the works were carried out he returned, tested it...

- Andrew Youngson

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6th Dec, 2017

I have worked with the team at nova on a number of projects and have always been very helpful and competitively priced. Highly recommend this company for any sound test and report.

- Carol Chaplin

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14th Jun, 2017

Excellent service, engineer was very informative and helpful.  Good customer service being able to speak to knowledgeable people on the telephone when making inquires about the procedure involved for the sound testing of our property...

- Bun Bar

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2nd Dec, 2015

Good efficient service. Recommend it to all.

Bright Construction UK Ltd

- Gavin Boby

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9th Nov, 2015

Very attentive and friendly service, keen to serve the client, and absolutely not about dragging the case out for fees - will work to save the client fees, and understand the practicalities of the case and the opposition that applications...

- Ejaz Shah

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9th Nov, 2016

Adam was very attentive and very professional answered all my questions and returned all calls the engineer arrived at the time agreed and again explained everything before carrying out the test , and we received our report within couple...

- Charles OKell

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23rd Feb, 2017

Its a tricky area and you need the right support, Paul Robinson  brought Adam's team to the table and we'll be working together again in future for sure.

- Ainsley Black

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14th Dec, 2016

Although we had followed the building reg, in terms of sound insulation the property conversion still failed the sound Test. Adam was very helpful and professional and guided us to the point that when it was retested again we passed. Would...

- Robert Buchanan

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19th Jun, 2017

Friendly efficient and cost effective service, without complication

- Hepple Property Care Ltd

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26th Oct, 2017

Very quick service, would recommend to others

- Ian Fairbairn

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20th Dec, 2016

Excellent service and communication with all the members of staff we had dealings with.  A very professional approach and attitude by all.  An experience that is refreshing within the building sector and a company I could recommend...

- Daniel Cogdon

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2nd Oct, 2017

Fast turn around and great service, recommended

- Allan Proctor

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21st Sep, 2016

Excellent service by Adam and the team at Nova. The service they delivered was efficient, competitive and I would highly recommend them!

- Carol Richards

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20th Jul, 2016

Having selected Nova Accoustics to perform a sound test on my latest project, I found the whole process completely professional, prompt & efficient .

The phone contact to set up the appointment was extremely  helpful...

- Michael Dickinson

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1st Mar, 2017

Having used Nova Acoustics on several projects, I would not hesitate in recommending this company.

- Steph Openshaw

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7th Sep, 2017

Fantastic service very quick and punctual highly recommended.

- Chris Bullerwell

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22nd Nov, 2016

Used Nova Acoustics to sound test a property we'd converted in the Newcastle area.

Excellent service from start to finish. Professional, helpful & reliable throughout...highly recommended.

- Andrew Holmes

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23rd Mar, 2017

Really helpful team of people and very quick service, which was greatly appreciated.

- Siying Lid

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17th Aug, 2016

We are a small design firm and NOVA Acoustics provided very sufficient services to our clients with reasonable price. And they are quick to respond too.  Highly recommended.

- Floors By Design Leicester

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24th Apr, 2017

Very good company, communicated all the way through.  Competitive pricing, I will be using them again in the near future.

- Stewart Greenhalgh

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6th Jul, 2017

First Class, prompt professional service. I will recommend to other clients.

- Frank Kenny

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5th Oct, 2017

Excellent  service so far and will be contacting them again for their services.

- Kelly Freakley

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26th Jul, 2017

Fantastic service from this company at a very reasonable price, would definitely recomend....

- Robert Myers

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27th Apr, 2017

I used Nova acoustics to sound test my basement flat conversion for the building control certificate

And found them to be professional and friendly. The test was done mid afternoon and I had received by six o'clock the same...

- Stephen Shaw

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13th Jul, 2017

Excellent service. Would recommend to anyone needing assistance with matters arising from acoustics and noise.

- Rick Parsons

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29th Jun, 2017

iKoustic have worked with Nova Acoustics for some time now and they are constantly thorough, professional and super helpful in everything they do ... They are certainly our partner of choice ... Rick

- Carl Smoult

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10th Aug, 2017

Prompt, friendly, efficient, professional... would recommend and use again.

- Gary Oliver

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20th Mar, 2017

As most of you reading this message are now probably aware  the difficulty of finding guidance and compliance of the part E building regulations is an arduous task. Well search no more! Adam at Nova Acoustics not only talked me through...

- Kate Whitehead

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27th Jul, 2017

Speedy quote, arranging the testing & report! Seb was really friendly & efficient onsite. Highly recommend!

- David Hope

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26th Sep, 2017

Came promptly at the requested time. Did the work professionally and in good time and provided the required reports so no issues or problems to report.

- Mark Girdham

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27th Jul, 2017

NOVA provided a fast and efficient service. They came to carry out the sound tests on my 8 Bed HMO, which was a change of use from 4 flats. Very friendly and professional service. Mark (Hull)

- Simon Phillips

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4th Oct, 2017

Excellent company, providing a professional service at a competitive price and a quick, hassle free  experience. I would recommend them to anyone.

Simon Phillips  Salisbury Poultry Ltd

- Peter Phillips

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31st Aug, 2017

Excellent service from start to finish.

Highly professional team who where very accommodating to the team on site and worked exceptional well with everyone.

Having worked with other companies within the same...

- Claire Gannon

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31st Oct, 2017

Excellent speedy service, Luigi was very proficient and professional at carrying out his job, a real asset to the company. Thank you Luigi. Kind Regards, Ant Mason

Clients we’ve worked with

  • ITV
  • Unilever
  • Sig
  • Leeds University
  • Morrisons
  • Taylor Wimpey
  • City of Stoke On Trent
  • Hambleton District
  • Calvert Trust
  • Aldi
  • Arnold Laver
  • Broadley
  • Engie
  • Gardiner Theo
  • Iggesund
  • Oxford University
  • PepsiCo
  • Richmonshire
  • Savills