BLOG 'A chronology of soundproofing London'

Room Within A Room

Mute Soundproofing® remediates flanking transmission (due to faulty dot & dab wall linings), at luxury north London development.

Cockfosters, London – Residential Soundproofing.

Flanking transmission (sound which travels in any direction, other than directly through the separating element) is a frequent problem in flatted developments, with high-frequency resonances commonly occurring where dot & dab plasterboard linings have been employed. The issue can be profound; the NHBC, for example, conducted an experiment where they removed the linings (such that…

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The Rattle: Construction Progress Update – Step 11 to 15 (Completion)

Wapping, London – Recording Studio Sound Insulation & Acoustics.

Step 11 – Decoration, Surface Preparation for Sound Absorption Panels. Showing Vault 4: Recording Studio / Vocal Booth Step 12 – Acoustic Door-Sets, Acoustic Perimeter / Threshold Seals. Showing Vault 1: Writing Rooms Step 13 – Sound Absorption Panels (scribed to Ducts, Sockets & Switches). Showing Vault 3: Live Room & Vault 4: Recording Studio / Vocal Booth…

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The Rattle: Construction Progress Update – Step 6 to 10

Wapping, London – Recording Studio Sound Insulation & Acoustics.

Step 6 – Stud / Rail Floating Floor System Surface Layers (abutting Resilient Perimeter Foam). Showing Vault 4: Control Room / Vocal Booth   Step 7 – Sound Attenuated Heat Exchange System – 2nd Fix. Showing Vault 1: Writing Rooms   Step 8 – Plastering. Showing Vault 3: Performance Space   Step 9 – Acoustic Double-Paned…

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Mute Soundproofing® & The Rattle collaborate to design & build London’s first startup music studio complex at Grade I listed Tobacco Dock.

Wapping, London – Recording Studio Sound Insulation & Acoustics.

The Rattle is a grassroots music movement, striving to reinvigorate the music industry. Providing up-and-coming musicians with professional mentoring, within a cutting edge complex of performance / rehearsal spaces, recording studios and writing rooms, at London’s iconic, Grade I listed, Tobacco Dock. https://www.therattle.space Mentors include: Imogen Heap (Grammy Winning Artist) Steve Lewis (MD of Virgin Music…

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Touch Surgery

Mute Soundproofing® & Touch Surgery reduce reverberation at London meeting rooms.

Old Street, London - Office Acoustics.

Mute Soundproofing® was commissioned by Touch Surgery to design and install a retrofit, sound absorptive solution for 4 meeting rooms.   The meeting rooms are frequently used for TV and teleconferencing, therefore, the acoustic conditions must facilitate undistorted communication; requiring reverberation times of approximately 0.5 seconds.   The meeting rooms feature multi-barreled ceilings (ill-suited to…

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Soundproofing An Open Plan Apartment

Mute Soundproofing® creates ‘flexible’ sound insulated sleeping area for live/work space.

King's Cross, London - Residential/Commercial Noise Control.

The client required a private and peaceful, yet ‘flexible’ sleeping area, that, after use, could be almost entirely opened-up, to restore the expansive feel of the open-plan, warehouse apartment. Additionally, because the client is a fashion photographer, who regularly uses the space for shoots, the solution needed to be simple and inconspicuous. Mute Soundproofing® designed…

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Hotel Room Doors

Mute Soundproofing® continue installation of bespoke acoustic doors at The Goring Hotel.

Belgravia, London - Hotel Room Sound Insulation.

Following-on from a successful phase 1, soundproofing hotel room doors, in April last year, The Goring has extended Mute Soundproofing’s contract, to continue acoustically upgrading the separating doors between their rooms. Mute Soundproofing® will be employing a custom-made acoustic solution, such that the replacement doors will blend seamlessly with the hotel’s luxury interiors, whilst maximising…

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Practical summary of WHO’s Night Noise Guidelines for Europe (2009).

Noise, Sleep and Health: Sleep is a biological necessity, and disturbed sleep is associated with a number of health problems. Noise disturbs sleep by a number of direct and indirect pathways. Even at very low levels physiological reactions (increase in heart rate, body movements and arousals) can be reliably measured. Based on the systematic review…

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Mute Home Interiors & Soundproofing

Mute Soundproofing® launches Mute HOME for London’s residential sector.

Mute Soundproofing® is increasingly becoming the contractor of choice for London’s commercial sector, most recently working on behalf of Disney, The Goring Hotel and the Royal College of Art. Whilst Mute Soundproofing® welcomes this exciting development, it’s important to remember that the company’s origins lie in servicing London’s residential sector. In light of this, Mute HOME…

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Acoustic Floating Floor System In Domestic Refurbishment

Mute Soundproofing® completes luxury residential refurbishments, incorporating sound insulation works to satisfy Building Regulations – Part E.

Belsize Park & Regent's Park, London - Domestic Sound Insulation.

Mute Soundproofing® was commissioned to manage the refurbishment of two luxury, north London dwellings, specifically, a two bed, garden apartment in Belsize Park and a two bed, duplex apartment in Regent’s Park. The Belsize Park project involved the installation of an acoustic suspended ceiling system, to reduce impact and airborne sound passage via the party…

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The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005.

The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 (Noise Regulations 2005) require employers to prevent or reduce risks to health and safety from exposure to noise at work. Employees have duties under the Regulations too. The Regulations require employers to: – Assess the risks to employees from noise at work; – Take action to reduce the…

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‘Noise and the Law’ – a useful synopsis, courtesy of Bedford Borough Council.

Tort of Private Nuisance: Nuisance law dates back to medieval times when its main purpose was to eradicate the nasty and unpleasant elements of everyday life, such as stinking privies! The tort has continued and developed as a form of legal action with which to protect the environment. In this context, the protection of property…

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Helpful extracts from Professor Colin H. Hansen’s ‘Fundamentals of Acoustics’, published by WHO.

Sound and Noise:  Noise can be defined as “disagreeable or undesired sound” or other disturbance…the differentiation is greatly subjective. What is sound to one person can very well be noise to somebody else. From the acoustics point of view, sound and noise constitute the same phenomenon…the result of pressure variations, or oscillations, in an elastic…

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3 things you might not know about Building Regulations – Part E.

1. Building Regulations – Part E1 – Protection against sound from other parts of the building and adjoining buildings: Separating walls and floors between adjoining residential dwellings are subject to Building Regulations – Part E1. However, pre-completion sound tests (to verify compliance) only apply where access to the adjoining dwellings can be enforced by Building…

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Mute Soundproofing® & Disney enhance acoustics at Lyceum Theatre.

Covent Garden, London - Theatre Acoustics.

Mute Soundproofing® provided an interior acoustics solution for Disney’s back-office production centre, at the Lyceum Theatre, where the world famous Lion King is showing. Mute Soundproofing® worked closely with Disney’s production team, to formulate a scheme of works sympathetic to the theatre’s recent interior refurbishment, as undertaken by Trifle Creative.

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Mute Soundproofing® & The Goring Hotel deliver bespoke noise control solution.

Belgravia, London - Hotel Room Sound Insulation.

Located on a leafy street in Belgravia, this Edwardian era hotel is the last remaining family-owned luxury hotel in London. A Royal favourite, it is the only hotel to have been awarded a Royal Warrant for hospitality services. The hotel’s intimate atmosphere will be enhanced by acoustically upgrading separating doors between the magnificent rooms. Mute…

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Feasibility study on attenuating London Underground groundborne noise nuisance.

London Underground Ltd. studied groundborne noise levels and complaint thresholds following the opening of the Victoria Line. The data has been used to define a complaint threshold of around 40dB L AFmax. Local authorities have published standards for groundborne noise, usually in response to specific rail projects affecting their jurisdiction. In relation to the Channel…

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Mute Soundproofing® & Royal College of Art initiate reverberation time measurements at Kensington Gore campus.

Kensington, London - Art Gallery Acoustics.

Currently, the first floor fashion department is affected by airborne sound ingress from the ground floor café and gallery area, largely, as a consequence of two open balconies, which connect the two spaces. The RCA are seeking a discreet, acoustic solution, avoiding solid partitions, if possible. Accordingly, Mute Soundproofing® will carry-out a schedule of reverberation time measurements,…

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Mute Soundproofing® & ASOS design & install interior acoustics, reducing reverberation times, for audiovisual recording studio.

Camden, London – Recording Studio Acoustics.

ASOS commissioned Mute Soundproofing® to improve the acoustics inside their audiovisual recording studio, at their UK offices in Camden, North London. By reducing reverberation times, the installation will significantly improve the quality of audio recordings, during on-site, video fashion shoots. ASOS is the UK’s largest independent online fashion and beauty retailer and offers over 60,000…

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Mute Soundproofing® & GAIN employ test-based solution to reduce airborne sound passage via ceilings between connecting meeting rooms.

Old Street, London – Meeting Room Sound Insulation.

Based on a schedule of airborne sound testing, Mute Soundproofing® designed and installed a ceiling soundproofing system, specified to reduce airborne sound passage between adjoining meeting rooms, notably via the suspended ceiling cavity. The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) is an international organization driven by the vision of a world without malnutrition.

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Mute Soundproofing® & Comptoir des Cotonniers resolve sound ingress from London store to residential dwellings.

Hampstead, London – Shop Floor Noise Control.

Mute Soundproofing® assisted Comptoir des Cotonniers in preventing sound ingress, from one of their London stores, disturbing residential dwellings above, notably by specifying an alternative audio system; replacing ceiling integrated speakers with a floor-mounted installation.

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Mute Soundproofing® & ERM implement test-based solution, to attenuate sound bleed between connecting office spaces.

City of London – Office Noise Control.

Environmental Resources Management (ERM) is a leading global provider of environmental, health, safety, risk, social consulting services and sustainability related services. Based on a schedule of airborne sound testing, Mute Soundproofing® designed and installed a system specified to reduce sound bleed between tele-conferencing rooms and connecting private offices.

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Mute Soundproofing® & Menlo Park Music sound insulate new central London HQ.

West End, London – Creative Studio Sound Insulation.

Mute Soundproofing® sound insulated Menlo Park Music headquarters in central London. With the success of their band, Menlo Park went on to become Bafta award winning composers and producers. Collaborating most recently with Anton Corbijn and Romain Gavras for Dior.

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Design And Build Home recording studio

Mute Soundproofing® & professional sound recordist design and build domestic recording studio.

Islington, London – Recording Studio Sound Insulation & Acoustics.

Mute Soundproofing® were commissioned to design and build a ‘Room Within A Room’ system, creating a home recording studio, for two existing, domestic outbuildings, to form a ‘Live Room’ and ‘Control Room’, with a performance criteria of > R’w55dB. The system included twin, acoustic door-sets, connecting the Live Room to the adjoining Studio Room and the…

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Glazed acoustic doors integrated with office partition

Mute Soundproofing® supply & install acoustic door-sets for a range of applications, including offices & editing suites.

Generally, the preference in offices is to have fully-glazed doors. However, in terms of noise control, they tend to perform poorly, providing little more than Rw20 – 22dB (airborne sound insulation). This is largely due to their lightweight construction and lack of airtightness at the perimeter and threshold. Mute Soundproofing® supplies and installs fully-glazed acoustic doors,…

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Mute Soundproofing® & Westminster University design & install noisy server solution for Marylebone Road Campus.

Marylebone, London - Server Room Soundproofing.

Mute Soundproofing® has been contracted to commence server room soundproofing, at Westminster University, in late May. The noisy server solution is focused on attenuating sound transmission from their main server room, affecting adjoining offices.  

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Mute Soundproofing® & Trifle Creative improve interior acoustics in design studios at CP+B.

King's Cross, London - Design Studio Acoustics.

CP+B are a global brand agency, whose clients include Sony and Microsoft. Trifle Creative design offices, showrooms and retail spaces, capturing their client’s brand identity with an exciting, energising style of their own. Mute Soundproofing® collaborated with Trifle Creative to improve interior acoustics and sound quality in design studios.

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Steel acoustic door sets

Mute Soundproofing® & Stitch Editing design & build additional TV editing suites, with steel acoustic door-sets.

Soho, London - TV Editing Suite Sound Insulation.

As part of ongoing expansion, Stitch commissioned Mute Soundproofing® to design and build two new high-specification TV editing suites at their London offices, integrating steel acoustic door-sets (see inset) and acoustic internal glazing. Having worked with Stitch on three separate occasions, soundproofing TV editing suites, Mute Soundproofing® looks forward to continuing this successful relationship. For…

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Acoustic Ceiling Inside Boardroom

Mute Soundproofing® & EQT design & install sound absorption system for executive boardroom.

Soho, London - Boardroom Acoustics.

EQT commissioned Mute Soundproofing® to improve the acoustics inside their executive boardroom, at their UK offices in London’s Golden Square. The sound absorption installation, applied directly to a suspended ceiling, needed to integrate service panels and recessed lighting. EQT invests in companies across the world, with a mission to help them grow and prosper by providing…

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Mute Soundproofing® selected as Industry Partner for 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 Steinway & Sons, Linley and…

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Mute Soundproofing® & Kruz Developments reduce sound transmission, improving customer confidentiality at HSBC.

Camberley, Surrey - Customer Meeting Room Soundproofing.

Mute Soundproofing® is working to improve confidentiality in the bank’s Camberley High Street branch, by implementing a system to reduce 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 acoustical weaknesses; critical to formulating a focused and effective scheme…

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Mute Soundproofing® & Millicom International sound insulate CEO’s office ceiling.

Chiswick, London - Private Office Sound Insulation.

Mute Soundproofing® was contracted to sound insulate an office ceiling at Millicom. 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 and the ceiling cavity extends across the entire office footprint. Consequently airborne sound travels freely,…

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Bar Kick sports bar Shoreditch

Mute Soundproofing® & Bar Kick mitigate airborne sound, from the venue, causing noise nuisance to residential dwellings.

Shoreditch, London - Cafe / Bar Noise Control. 

Bar Kick is a sports bar on Shoreditch High Street, famous for table football and live football screenings. The bar contacted Mute regarding soundproofing venue noise, with a view to resolving airborne sound which was causing noise nuisance to residential dwellings.  Airborne sound generated within the bar was reaching residential dwellings above the venue. The bar commissioned an…

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Mute Soundproofing® & Open Table International reduce sound ingress & reverberation times at UK headquarters.

Old Street, London - Meeting Room Noise Control & Acoustics.

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…

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Mute Soundproofing® & Netflix improve office acoustics, reducing echo at their London headquarters.

Fitzrovia, London - Office Acoustics.

Netflix is the world’s leading internet subscription service for TV programmes and films, with more than 37 million subscribers streaming worldwide. Mute Soundproofing® has been contracted by Netflix to undertake office soundproofing, and as such will design and install a method of reducing echo at their London headquarters to improve office acoustics.

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Mute Soundproofing® & Tristan Bates Theatre, design & install sound ingress solution for main theatre.

Covent Garden, London - Theatre Sound Insulation.

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 Soundproofing® will customise a solution to reduce airborne sound ingress. The application will improve the theatre’s acoustics, providing a more intimate…

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Trullo Restaurant

Mute Soundproofing® & Trullo enhance interior acoustics at award-winning restaurant.

Islington, London - Restaurant Acoustics.

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 Soundproofing® will design and install a soundproofing system to improve restaurant acoustics. This noise solution will be applied in and around the busy service area to enhance…

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Mute Soundproofing® & ME London implement noise reduction acoustic installation for Radio Rooftop Bar.

Covent Garden, London - Hotel Sound Insulation & Acoustics.

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 Soundproofing® has been instructed to design and build a discreet acoustic installation for the hotel’s Radio Rooftop Bar; a noise reduction system to enhance…

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Mute Soundproofing® & GQ Employment Law design & install sound absorption system to reduce echo in executive boardroom.

City of London - Boardroom Acoustics.

Mute Soundproofing® were commissioned to reduce echo and improve acoustics in meeting rooms at GQ Employment Law. Mute formulated a sound absorption system for the firm’s boardroom, incorporating surface-fixed acoustic panels and Cloudsorption suspended sound absorption panels to reduce echo.

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Mute Soundproofing® & Paul Smith design & install acoustic solution to reduce reverberation at London HQ.

Covent Garden, London - Meeting Room Acoustics.

The iconic fashion label has commissioned Mute Soundproofing® to design and install an acoustic solution to reduce 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 Soundproofing® will formulate a complementary application to reduce reverberation and prevent…

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