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London - Sound Testing - 020 3390 0301

We offer professional acoustic consultancy in London, involving comprehensive services across all aspects of sound testing, noise measurement, assessment and control.

Our sound testing consultants specialise in the provision of high quality and practical acoustic consultancy to both the public and private sectors in London and the surrounding areas. Typically working with residential and commercial developers, architects, local planning authorities and environmental services.

Having been involved in building and architectural projects at all stages of development, from the specification of the external building envelope and internal separating elements, through to pre-completion testing, our expert advice has been sought after for a variety of projects. From new build, refurbished and converted developments including residential, commercial, entertainment, leisure and hotels, in addition to a wide variety of mixed-use developments.

We actively encourage our London clients to seek our services at the earliest opportunity so sound testing and the integration of any acoustic issues can feature into the overall design of a development; removing the need for costly revisions.

We strongly believe that our sound testing service delivery around the London area is second to none and that clients retain our expert services because of our continuous commitment to providing high quality and cost-effective advice.

For a quote or more information, call one of our consultants on 020 3390 0301 or email query@london-sound-testing.co.uk

In July 2003, the new Approved Document E 'Resistance to the Passage of Sound' (ADE 2003) of the Building Regulations came into force across the UK, including London.

This document requires that new residential properties and rooms for residential purposes be sound tested (or "pre-completion tested") to demonstrate compliance with the explicit sound insulation performance requirements of ADE 2003. Guidance in ADE 2003 on pre-completion testing indicates that sound tests should be carried out at a rate of one set of tests per each construction sub-group completed, no matter the size of the development, and thereafter at least one set of tests every ten completions (assuming no failures).

The onus is on the developer to perform pre-completion testing before the property can be 'released to market' and it is now an offence not to perform this test.

A number of our clients have asked us about the practical application of RSDs, as in some instances the option for construction is reduced and construction costs may be significantly higher than those of a non-RSD structure. We often advise property developers, contractors, housing associations and local authorities in London on the implications of ADE 2003.

Our experts have advised many of our clients on the materials and construction details for separating floors and walls and the key interfaces with other building elements. We also offer advice on the additional requirements of ADE 2003 including the control of reverberation in common areas and the performance of internal walls and floors.

Pre-Completion Testing

The following table outlines the sets of tests that are required for new and converted properties.

Property Types Test Requirements

Dwelling-houses Including bungalows

Normally, one set of tests will comprise of 2 sound insulation tests (SITs) and 2 airborne tests:
1. Living room (wall)
2.Bedroom (wall)

Flats with separating floor but not walls

Normally, one set of tests should comprise of 4 individual SITs - 2 x airborne, 2 x impact:
1. Living room (airborne)
2. Living room (impact)
3. Bedroom (airborne)
4. Bedroom (impact)

Flats with separating floor and walls

One set of tests should comprise of 6 individual SITs - 4 x airborne, 2 x impact:
1. Living room (floor, airborne)
2. Living room (floor, impact)
3. Bedroom (floor, airborne)
4. Bedroom (floor, impact)
5. Living room (wall, airborne)
6. Bedroom (wall, airborne)

Rooms for residential purposes

To conduct a set of tests, the sound insulation between the main rooms should be measured according to the principals set out above for new buildings and material change of use, but adapting them to suit the circumstances.

Towns in the London area we cover include:
Abbots Langley, Abingdon, Abinger Common, Acton, Addlestone, Albury, Alfold, Alfriston, Anerley, Artington, Ascot, Ash, Ashford, Ashtead, Aylesford, Badshot Lea, Bagshot, Baldock, Balham , Banbury, Banstead, Barking, Barnes , Barnet, Basildon, Battersea, Battle, Bayswater, Beckenham, Belgravia, Belvedere, Benfleet, Berkhamsted, Bermondsey, Betchworth, Bethnal Green, Bexhill on Sea, Bexley, Bexleyheath, Bicester, Biddenden, Billericay, Binfield, Birchington, Bishop's Stortford, Bisley, Blackheath, Bletchingley, Bloomsbury, Borehamwood, Borough Green, Bow, Bracknell, Braintree, Bramley, Brampton, Bray, Brentford, Brentwood, Brightlingsea, Brighton, Brixton, Broadstairs, Brockham, Brockley, Bromley, Brondesbury, Brook, Broxbourne, Buckhurst Hill, Buckland, Buntingford, Burford, Burnham on Crouch, Bushey, Camberley, Camberwell, Camden Town, Canning Town, Canterbury, Canvey Island, Carshalton, Carterton, Caterham, Catford, Charlbury, Charlton , Charlwood, Chatham, Chelmsford, Chelsea, Chertsey, Cheshunt, Chigwell, Chilton, Chilworth, Chingford, Chinnor, Chipping Norton, Chipping Ongar, Chipstead, Chislehurst, Chiswick, Chobham, Chorleywood, City of London, Clacton on Sea, Clapham, Clapton, Clerkenwell, Cobham, Coggeshall, Colchester, Cookham, Corringham, Coulsdon, Covent Garden, Cranbrook, Cranleigh, Crayford, Cricklewood, Crowborough, Crowthorne, Croydon, Cudworth, Dagenham, Danbury, Dartford, Datchet, Deal, Deptford, Didcot, Dorchester, Dorking, Dover, Dungeness, Dunsfold, Dulwich, Dunmow, Dymchurch, Ealing, Earls Colne, Earls Court, Earlswood, East Dulwich, East Finchley, East Ham, East Horsley, East Peckham, Eastbourne, Edenbridge, Edgeware, Edmonton, Effingham, Egham, Elstead, Eltham, Enfield, Epping, Epsom, Erith, Esher, Eton, Ewell, Eynsford, Fairlands, Faringdon, Farnham, Faversham, Felsted, Feltham, Finchampstead, Finchley, Folkestone, Forest Gate, Forest Green, Forest Hill, Forest Row, Frimley, Frinton-on-Sea, Frogmore, Fulham, Gillingham, Godalming, Godstone, Golders Green, Goring, Gravesend, Grays, Greenford, Greenwich, Guildford, Hadleigh, Hailsham, Halstead, Hambledon, Hammersmith, Hampstead, Hampton, Hanwell, Harefield, Harlow, Harpenden, Harringay, Harrow, Harwich, Haslemere, Hastings, Hatfield, Hawkhurst, Hayes, Headcorn, Heathfield, Hemel Hempstead, Hendon, Henley on Thames, Herne Bay, Herne Hill, Herstmonceux, Hertford, Highbury, Highgate, Hindhead, Hitchin, Hockley, Hoddesdon, Homerton, Horley, Hornchurch, Hornsey, Hounslow, Hove, Hungerford, Hythe, Ilford, Ingatestone, Isle of Scilly, Isleworth, Islington, Kelvedon Hatch, Kennington, Kensington, Kentish Town, Kidlington, Kilburn, King's Langley, Kingsbury, Kingston upon Thames, Kingswood, Knebworth, Lamberhurst, Lambeth, Lambourn, Leatherhead, Lee, Leigh-on-Sea, Letchworth, Lewes, Lewisham, Leyton, Leytonstone, Lightwater, Lingfield, Longfield, Loughton, Lower Edmonton, Lydd, Maida Vale, Maidenhead, Maidstone, Maldon, Manningtree, Manor Park, Marden, Margate, Marylebone, Mayfair, Mayford, Meopham, Merstham, Merton, Milford, Mill Hill, Minster, Mitcham, Morden, Mortlake, Much Hadham, Muswell Hill, New Romney, Newbury, Newchapel, Newcross, Newhaven, New Southgate, North Finchley, North Kenningston, Northolt, Norwood, Nottinghill, Nutfield, Ockham, Old Windsor, Ongar, Orpington, Outwood, Oxford, Oxted, Paddington, Paddock Wood, Palmers Green, Pangbourne, Peacehaven, Peckham, Penshurst, Pevensey Bay, Pelgrims Hatch, Pilmilco, Pinner, Plaistow, Polegate, Poplar, Portslade-by-Sea, Potters Bar, Primrose Hill, Purfleet, Purley, Putney, Puttenham, Radlett, Rainham, Ramsgate, Rayleigh, Reading, Redbourn, Redhill, Reigate, Richmond, Rickmansworth, Robertsbridge, Rochester, Rochford, Romford, Rotherfield, Rotherhithe, Rowledge, Royston, Ruislip, Rye, Saffron Walden, Sandhurst, Sandwich, Sawbridgeworth, Seaford, Sevenoaks, Shadwell, Shackleford, Sheerness, Shepherds Bush, Shepperton, Sible Hedingham, Sidcup, Sittingbourne, Slough, Smallfield, Soho, Sunningdale, South Benfleet, South Kensington, South Lambeth, South Norwood, South Ockendon, South Tottenham, South Woodford, South Woodham Ferrers, Southhall, Southborough, Southend on Sea, Southgate, Southminster, Speen, Spitalfields, St. Albans, St. Johns Wood, St. Leonards on Sea, Staines, Stanford Le Hope, Stanmore, Stansted Mountfitchet, Staplehurst, Spepney, Stevenage, Stockwell, Stoke Newington, Stratford, Strood, Sunbury-on-Thames, Surbiton, Swanley, Sydenham, Tadworth, Teddington, Tenterden, Thame, Thamesmead, Thatcham, Thaxted, Tilbury, Tonbridge, Tongham, Tooting, Tottenham, Tring, Tunbridge Wells, Twickenham, Uckfield, Uffington, Upminster, Upper Edmonton, Upper Holloway, Uxbridge, Victoria, Virginia Water, Wadhurst, Wallingford, Wallington, Waltham Abbey, Waltham Cross, Walthamstow, Waltham St Lawence, Walton on Thames, Walton on the Naze, Walworth, Wandsworth, Wanstead, Wantage, Wapping, Ware, Warlingham, Waterloo, Watford, Watlington, Wealdstone, Welling, Welwyn Garden City, Welwyn, Wembley, Wentworth, West Brompton, West Byfleet, West Drayton, West Earling, West Ham, West Kensington, West Malling, West Molesey, West Norwood, West Wickham, Westcliff-on-Sea, Westcott, Westerham, Westminster, Weybridge, Wheatley, Whitechapel, Whitstable, Whyteleafe, Wickford, Willesden, Wimbledon, Windsor, Witham, Witney, Wivenhoe, Woking, Wokingham, Wood Green, Woodford Green, Woodley, Woodstock, Woolwich, Worcester Park, Writtle, England, Northern Ireland, Ireland, Home Counties, Greater London