BLOG 'A chronology of soundproofing London'

August 1st, 2014

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Mute Soundproofing® proud to be accepted as an Industry Partner for the British Institute of Interior Design, the UK’s pre-eminent professional organisation for interior designers.

The BIID is the only professional organisation for interior designers to have received ‘Institute’ status. Their mission is to encourage and support good design and competence.

In addition to rigorous entry requirements, members must continue their professional development to uphold expertise in design process, practice and regulatory matters. Industry Partners include Heal’s, Linley and Steinway & Sons.

March 10th, 2014

HSBC-logo1Mute Soundproofing® works alongside Kruz Developments for HSBC, Camberley, Surrey.

Mute is working to improve confidentiality in the bank’s Camberley High Street branch, by implementing a system to resolve sound transmission between their customer meeting rooms.

Phase 1 involves a series of airborne sound tests, to ascertain existing levels of insulation and to pinpoint structural weaknesses; critical to formulating a focussed and effective scheme of works.

February 12th, 2014

Mute Soundproofing® to specify and install an airborne sound-attenuating system, for the CEO’s office, at Millicom International, Chiswick, London.

Millicom offers a range of digital lifestyle products and services to over 45 million customers in emerging markets. 

The office space has a suspended ceiling, with perforated tiles; the cavity extends across the entire office footprint. Consequently airborne sound travels, over partition walls, from one space to the next. Additionally, sound ingress/egress occurs via glass partition walls and adjoining doors. Notably, these features compromise confidentiality within the CEO’s office. Mute will provide a combined scheme of works, to remedy these issues.

January 1st, 2014

Mute Soundproofing® designs and installs an airborne sound-attenuating system for Bar Kick, Shoreditch, London. 

Bar Kick is a sports bar on Shoreditch High Street, famous for table football and live football screenings.

Airborne sound generated within the bar was reaching residential dwellings above the venue. The bar commissioned an acoustic assessment report by RBA Acoustics and Mute, aided by that report and further practical investigations, designed and installed a solution.

November 29th, 2013

Mute Soundproofing® contracted by Open Table International, to reduce reverberation times at their UK headquarters, City of London.

Open Table is a U.S. company, which provides restaurants with an electronic reservation system, offering end-users a free online, real-time reservation service. Launched in San Francisco, the company has since expanded to cities all over the world.

A number of meeting rooms, at their London-based, European headquarters, have restricted use, due to prolonged reverberation times and excessive airborne sound ingress (via windows, facing a busy main road). Mute has been contracted to design and install a combined solution; to be trialled in one of the affected spaces, with a view to extending it throughout the building.

September 24th, 2013

 

Netflix contracts Mute Soundproofing® to undertake ‘anti-reverberation’ works at their London offices, West End.

Netflix is the world’s leading internet subscription service for TV programmes and films, with more than 37 million subscribers streaming worldwide.

Mute has been contracted by Netflix to design and install an echo-attenuating system at their London HQ.

May 28th, 2013

Mute Soundproofing® to design and install airborne sound solution for Tristan Bates Theatre, Covent Garden, WC2.

The Tristan Bates Theatre was founded by Sir Alan Bates in memory of his son. As described by Time Out London, the theatre is ‘a hotbed of new writing, performing and production talent’.

Mute will customise a solution to attenuate airborne sound ingress. The application will provide a more intimate performance space for actors and audience.

May 5th, 2013

Mute Soundproofing® set to commence acoustic installation at Trullo restaurant, Islington, London.

Trullo is an Italian restaurant, boasting an award for best young chef and offering a dining experience lauded by the likes of Giles Coren and Jay Rayner.

Mute will design and install a system to improve acoustics in the busy service area. The result will be a more intimate dining experience for their customers.

March 19th, 2013

Mute Soundproofing® is commissioned to implement a bespoke acoustic installation for the 5 star ME London, Covent Garden, WC2.

ME London is an exclusive, lifestyle hotel, designed by world-renowned architectural practice Fosters + Partners. It is located in the heart of London’s West End, where the Strand meets Aldwych.

Mute has been instructed to design and build a discreet sound attenuation system for the hotel’s Radio Rooftop Bar, to enhance the acoustic experience for its clientele.

February 11th, 2013

 

Mute Soundproofing® provides a bespoke acoustic solution for GQ Employment Law, City of London.

Mute formulated an anti-reverberation system for their boardroom, incorporating surface-fixed and suspended Cloudsorption panels.

December 3rd, 2012

Mute Soundproofing® to design and install anti-reverberation system for Paul Smith HQ, London, Victoria.

The iconic fashion label has commissioned Mute to design and install an acoustic solution to treat reverberation at their head office meeting rooms.

The meeting rooms to be treated have been interior designed to reflect the Paul Smith aesthetic. With this in mind, Mute will formulate a complementary application.

November 30th, 2012

 

Mute Soundproofing® specifies and installs an acoustic application for a residential cinema room, Wimbledon, London.

Mute was commissioned to specify and install an acoustic, wall-mounted application for a cinema room in a domestic dwelling.

Mute undertook an on-site assessment, including sound testing, to ascertain the most appropriate application, to optimise the acoustic performance of existing audio-visual equipment.

Coresorption panels were cut and fabric-covered on-site to ensure maximum precision, in compliance with an architecturally designed layout.

November 19th, 2012

Mute Soundproofing® conducts diagnostic test at the world famous Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, Soho, London.

Paving the way for many legendary performances since 1959, Ronnie Scott’s has featured the most famous names in modern jazz and jazz fusion, including Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald and Sonny Rollins.

The club commissioned Mute to carry out an on-site diagnostic test, with a view to formulating a scheme of works designed to enhance the audience’s acoustic experience.

November 17th, 2012

Mute Soundproofing® measures reverberation times for custom design and installation, at All Saints Church, Woodford Wells.

All Saints Church is a large, originally Victorian, Church in Inman’s Row, Woodford Wells.

Mute carried out a site survey at the church, which included testing reverberation times, to formulate an anti-reverberation system. This custom-designed solution is to be installed in the main hall and the adjoining atrium.

November 15th, 2012

Mute Soundproofing® commissioned by Parkwood Management to execute a feasibility study at The Pryors, Hampstead, London.

Mute carried out an on-site investigation at the prestigious Pryors apartments, to determine the practicability of proposed timber floors. The brief was to establish the potential for subsequent noise nuisance, with a view to formulating preventative best practice.

The site investigation culminated in a detailed report, advising feasibility and appropriate methodology.

November 15th, 2012

Mute Soundproofing® provides a bespoke acoustic solution for Stenham Property at their London offices, West End.

Stenham Property is a provider of wealth and asset management, with a portfolio of over £1.5 billion of property assets.

Mute formulated an anti-reverberation system for their boardroom, incorporating surface-fixed Cloudsorption panels. Supplementary works included the design and build of acoustic enclosures, to attenuate airborne sound leakage from recessed ceiling speakers.

October 3rd, 2012

Mute Soundproofing® to design and install anti-reverberation solution for Eurasia Group’s headquarters, Clerkenwell, London.

Eurasia Group is the world’s leading political risk research and consulting company, helping clients to respond to instability and opportunities wherever they do business.

Mute’s application will improve the acoustic ambience of their conference rooms, to facilitate clear communication during meetings.

September 7th, 2012

Mute Soundproofing® to sound insulate Samaritans counselling centre, Putney, London.

Samaritans, an emotional support service for people in distress, has commissioned Mute to install a soundproofing system in one of their London counseling centres.

The Samaritans service is available 24 hours a day, primarily responding to phone calls and conducting face to face meetings. A sound insulated environment is essential to ensure privacy for people wishing to speak confidentially.

August 15th, 2012

Mute Soundproofing® proud to qualify for Constructionline; the UK’s largest register for pre-qualified contractors and consultants.

Constructionline saves time for both suppliers and buyers in the construction industry by keeping an up-to-date register of pre-qualified suppliers.

Constructionline ensures all suppliers are qualified to government standards and provides a national on-line database for buyers to search efficiently, without the hassle of analysing pre-qualification details.

June 6th, 2012

Mute Soundproofing® features in the June 2012 issue of the Public Sector Build Journal (PSBJ).

PSBJ is a leading, modern, business-to-business, building specification publication aimed at the UK construction marketplace.

The article focuses on Mute’s projects within the public sector, in particular, works undertaken for schools, charities and councils. The feature also touches on Mute’s collaboration with Deafness Research UK and the promotion of hearing impairment awareness through education.

To read the article follow the link: http://www.psbj.co.uk/digital-magazine

May 22nd, 2012

Nickelodeon actions Mute Soundproofing® to undertake works at their ‘Toons Studio’, West End, London.

Nickelodeon is an American children’s TV channel, producing hugely popular shows such as Spongebob Squarepants, Kung Fu Panda and Power Rangers. Mute has been contracted by Nickelodeon to design and install a sound-attenuating system for their London studios.

May 11th, 2012

Notting Hill Prep School instructs Mute Soundproofing® to sound insulate their music department practice rooms.

Notting Hill Prep is an independent, co-educational school based in central London, for children between the ages of 5 and 13.

Currently the school is keen to reduce airborne sound transfer between their music department practice rooms (specifically via separating doors). Subsequently, Mute has been instructed to design and install a suitably sound insulated, double-door entry system.

May 6th, 2012

Deafness Research invites Mute Soundproofing® to their charity reception at the BT Tower.

Mute is proud to support Deafness Research, a medical research charity dedicated to protecting hearing and preventing hearing damage from loud noise and other sources.

To offer your support for Deafness Research, follow the link:  http://www.deafnessresearch.org.uk/content/what-you-can-do/donate/donate-online/

May 2nd, 2012

Exposure contracts Mute Soundproofing® to undertake ‘anti-reverberation’ works at their London offices, West End.

Exposure is an international communications agency, producing campaigns for a range of global brands, including: Coca-Cola, Disney, Microsoft and Nike. Mute has been contracted by Exposure to design and install an echo-attenuating system for a number of their London meeting rooms.

Exposure is a style conscious enterprise, so, critical to the brief, is that the solution sits comfortably with the office aesthetic.

February 14th, 2012

Mute Soundproofing® to commence Phase 2 at King’s College London, following on from a successful Phase 1 in Spring 2011.

Mute has been re-commissioned by JISC, at King’s College London, to implement a custom-designed soundproofing system within executive meeting rooms. The project follows on from successful preliminary works, undertaken in the first half of 2011.

February 4th, 2012

Mute Soundproofing® launches Mute Acoustic Furniture; introducing the ‘type-1′ and ‘type-2′ systems.

The type-1 system is designed specifically to reduce airborne sound transfer between dividing walls, whilst providing practical storage solutions for a range of applications and integrations.

The type-2 system is designed specifically to reduce echo in reverberant spaces, whilst providing practical storage solutions for a range of applications and integrations.

January 3rd, 2012

Mute Soundproofing® to commence Phase 2 at Kobalt Music Group, following on from a successful Phase 1 in Summer 2011.

In summer 2011 Mute, as part of a larger scheme of works, applied Cloudsorption panels to reduce reverberation in a number of conference rooms at the global music publisher’s UK headquarters. This installation proved to be highly successful. Consequently, Mute is scheduled to apply the same system to additional works spaces at the South London site.

December 4th, 2011

Mute Soundproofing® set to launch unique acoustic furniture concept; available from early 2012.

Mute Acoustic Furniture uniquely incorporates soundproofing and sound absorption elements, enabling clients, from all sectors, to commission precision-made furniture, which satisfies their soundproofing and/or sound absorption needs, together with their storage requirements, in a cost and space efficient form.

December 4th, 2011

Mute Soundproofing® to commence Phase 2 at Stitch Editing, following on from a successful Phase 1 in Spring 2011.

In spring 2011 Mute applied the Thin Wall System to sound insulate 2 of the 4 recording suites at the award-winning editing house. This installation proved to be highly successful. In the words of the company manager ‘…the soundproofing has made a significant improvement… So thank you very much, to you and your very professional team.’ In view of this, Mute is scheduled to apply the same system to the two remaining recording suites.

October 8th, 2011

Mute Soundproofing® proud to collaborate with The Building Crafts College, Stratford, East London.

The Building Crafts College, founded in 1893, is the official school of learning for the Worshipful Company of Carpenters; an ancient livery dating back to 1271. The BCC is based in Stratford, East London, the patron of which is HRH the Prince of Wales.

The Bench Joinery Diploma NVQ levels 2 & 3 are ‘work based’ qualifications, provided by The BCC. It is essential for students to produce a portfolio of work, completed in the work place, to gain these qualifications. Mute has joined forces with The BCC to offer students the opportunity to accumulate suitable work based evidence, within an appropriately supervised working environment.

October 4th, 2011

Hammersmith & Fulham Council, Disabled Children’s Team, work with Mute Soundproofing® to create a ‘safe space’ for a family in the community.

The Disabled Children’s Team offers support to families requiring additional help to meet their children’s needs.

This particular project required Mute to acoustically insulate a ‘safe space’ for a young boy, within his home. The space protects the child from physical injury and allows him freedom of expression; enhancing his quality life, and that of his family and neighbours.

September 28th, 2011

Mute Soundproofing® completes project at Essex University Performing Arts department.

Roding House is a new £1.3 million facility for the Performing Arts department at Essex University, providing students with ten rehearsal rooms and a sound recording studio.

Mute addressed sound transfer between two rehearsal rooms, by replacing existing doors with Acoustic Door Sets and by installing double-door systems with Acoustic Door Seal Kits.

September 25th, 2011

Kobalt Music Group contracts Mute Soundproofing® to undertake works at their offices, Southwark, London.

Kobalt is an international music publisher, securing exclusive deals with a diversity of clients; Beck, Eminem, Pearl Jam, Band of Horses and Gary Numan, to mention just a few.

Mute used the Thin Wall System and Cloudsorption panels to acoustically treat their London offices.

June 23rd, 2011

Mute Soundproofing® designs and builds a R.W.A.R. recording studio for ECAM Entertainment, Earl’s Court, London.

A young, gifted musician, who received a grant from the European Commission, appointed Mute to design and build a R.W.A.R. recording studio, to form the hub of his budding new business, ECAM Entertainment.

ECAM’s objective is to discover new artists, give them the opportunity to showcase their skills and help them to develop their true potential in the music industry.

June 13th, 2011

Mute Soundproofing® en-route to becoming a Chartered Building Company; having signed up to the CIOB Training Partnership.

Chartered Institute of Building members are skilled managers and professionals with a common commitment to achieving and maintaining the highest possible standards.

Chartered Member status is recognised internationally as the mark of a true professional in the construction industry.

Watch this space for Mute’s progress…

 

May 6th, 2011

Mute Soundproofing® continues at Skype, following on from works in February 2011.

Mute was called back to continue work on the remaining London offices, addressing the issue of reverberation in all of their meeting rooms.

Using Echo Eliminator wall panels, a product sourced by Skype from the US and implemented at their offices in Palo Alto, California, Mute replicated the system throughout their meeting rooms in London. This same method will also be employed at their Luxembourg headquarters.

April 18th, 2011

Wimbledon Park Primary School contracts Mute Soundproofing® to correct severe reverberation in their main assembly hall.

The school’s assembly hall, a pre-1900 build, was a veritable echo-chamber, due to its construction (hard surfaces throughout and high, barrelled ceiling), combined with en masse occupancy by children, for all manner of activities. The solution: Cloudsorption panels suspended from the ceiling, covering the appropriate surface area.

April 6th, 2011

Mute Soundproofing® proud to feature in Deafness Research UK’s latest publication as a listed sponsor.

The booklet highlights Deafness Research’s studies and discoveries, explaining the charity’s work in prevention and treatment as well as detection and diagnosis of hearing loss. Its research is aimed at reducing the impact of hearing impairment. Sponsorship helps to prevent and reverse deafness, deliver new therapies and make new discoveries.

Speaking about the work that the charity does, His Royal Highness The Duke of York (the charity’s Patron) says: ‘Research into noise induced hearing loss and tinnitus is just one aspect of the vital work that Deafness Research UK supports through its grants programme. I am certain that through their continued work with this and other areas of deafness, and importantly with our support, this organisation can make a significant contribution to defeating deafness.’

March 10th, 2011

Mute Soundproofing® provides a tailored service to Stitch Editing, Soho, London.

Stitch Editing is a group of award winning film editors, whose projects range from commercials and music videos to comedy reels. Their collaborators include directors Vaughan Amell and Fredrik Bond, who are responsible for the music videos of Moby, Robbie Williams and Paloma Faith, to name but a few.

Mute employed the Thin Wall System on both sides of a wall, dividing two editing suites. Mute also executed a full ceiling investigation, to ensure no sound travelled over the wall.

‘First day working in suite 1 and 2 and the boys say the soundproofing has made a significant improvement – happy bunnies!’ says the company manager, ‘so thank you very much, to you and your very professional team.’

February 17th, 2011

Mute Soundproofing® brings calm to Cut Laser Cut’s studio, a precision cutting service for creatives and designers, Vauxhall, London.

A high profile laser cutting service consulted Mute regarding noise pollution from an industrial extractor fan. The fan had been fixed directly to a mezzanine, causing vibration to resonate throughout the work space.

A system was formulated to isolate the fan from the mezzanine and reduce airborne sound transmission, utilising high-density block-work, M20AD, Film Faced Absorber Barrier and SoundBlocker Quilt; subsequently restoring quiet in the workplace, and creating a suitable environment for productivity. ‘It’s a great success,’ says the Managing Director. ‘We’re very happy’.