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Mute Soundproofing® contracted by Point Blank Music School to design & build bespoke acoustic window plugs, for their London campus.

London - Educational Soundproofing

Point Blank is a global network of music production schools, with facilities in London, Los Angeles, Ibiza, Mumbai, Hangzhou and Shenzhen. Alumni include Goldie, Claude VonStroke and Leona Lewis. Mute Soundproofing® was contracted by Point Blank to design & build bespoke acoustic window plugs, for their new campus in Hoxton, East London. Acoustic window plugs are…

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Mute Soundproofing® contracted by Oxford University’s St Hilda’s College to reduce reverberation times at their Dining Hall.

Oxford - Educational Interior Acoustics.

Step 1: Measurements of the internal reverberation times were conducted within the Dining Hall, employing the interrupted noise method, in accordance with BS EN ISO 3382-2:2008. This method involved producing broadband noise, through an omnidirectional loudspeaker; after a period of time, where a steady state sound field had been established, the noise was abruptly cut…

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Guidelines for Internal Ambient Noise Levels in Offices & Schools.

BS 8283 states that in rooms for “study and work requiring concentration” (e.g. staff/meeting room or training room), a suitable design range would be 35 – 45 dB, L Aeq,T. For an executive office, the range is slightly lower at 35 – 40 dB, L Aeq,T. Whilst, for open-plan office spaces, where privacy is important,…

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Mute Soundproofing® contracted by ENGIE to upgrade airborne sound insulation at their ExCel District Energy Centre.

Royal Docks, London - Industrial Soundproofing.

The ExCel District Energy Centre provides heat and power to the ExCel Exhibition Centre and surrounding area, through the use of Combined Heat & Power engines (CHP). Airborne sound, emanating from these engines, was the cause of continuous noise nuisance complaints from the adjoining residential dwelling-apartments. Mute Group’s Akustak® was specified to mitigate the problem,…

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Home Office

Expert Tips for Soundproofing Your Home Office.

By Lexi Klinkenberg for Redfin, September 24, 2020.

As the pandemic continues, the use of home offices is at an all-time high. Working from home can be difficult when you have an excess of outside noise distracting you. If you are working from a home office and having trouble keeping outside noise out, it may be time to soundproof your workspace. We have…

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Acoustic Window Shutters, Acoustic Window Boxes & Acoustic Window Plugs: An Alternative to Secondary Glazing.

Sound ingress via windows is a significant nuisance in London, across all sectors; frequently cited as a cause of sleep disturbance at home and broken concentration in the work place. Secondary glazing is widely regarded as the most effective solution. However, it’s not always suitable; it may not conform to listed building consent, satisfy more…

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Acoustic Doors: A General Discussion about Acoustical Performance.

Essentially, acoustic doors / acoustical door treatments come in 3 performance / price tiers. Tier 1 – Upgrading Existing Doors: Acoustically upgrading existing doors is the most simple and economical approach, typically involving, where practicable, mass-loading and airtightness works. Such applications, based on a cross-section of field test data, can upgrade the airborne sound insulating…

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London Underground Tube Noise: Domestic Soundproofing that delivers on TfL’s Noise & Vibration Asset Design Guidance.

Please read on or visit the dedicated website:   TfL’s Noise & Vibration Asset Design Guidance, stipulates that: “The noise from sub surface underground railways should not be considered to be significant if the groundborne noise as measured in a residential dwelling does not give rise to an average maximum noise level exceeding 40 dB, LAFmax….

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Traditional Lath & Plaster Ceilings versus Modern Plasterboard Ceilings versus Acoustic Independent Ceilings.

Very often, during the refurbishment of period properties, the traditional lath & plaster ceilings are stripped-out, sometimes, on the assumption that a dry lined ceiling (with the benefit of modern materials) will perform more efficiently, in terms of controlling airborne sound passage. In fact, the opposite tends to be true; the overall mass of a…

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Salford Method for the Assessment of Low Frequency Noise Complaints.

Low frequency noise (LFN) complaints, in the range of 20-160Hz, take disproportionately more time to investigate and, where possible, to resolve than other noise complaints. LFN sufferers describe their individual experiences with notable similarities to other LFN complainants and use strikingly consistent vocabulary, often using words such as ‘intense’ and ‘deafening’. Most perplexingly, visitors to…

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Visit Mute Acoustics® for State-of-the-Art Recording Studio Design & Build.

Mute Acoustics® is a division of Mute Soundproofing®, specialising in the design and build of professional-grade recording studios, live rooms and music writing rooms, for London’s residential and commercial sectors.   Image below showing a domestic recording studio, designed & installed by Mute Acoustics®   Image below showing an acoustic window in a domestic recording…

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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 of Vocal Booth & Control Room, with Acoustic Window – 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 Installation   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…

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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.

Mute Soundproofing® collaborated with The Rattle to design and build a complex of music studios and performance spaces at Grade I listed Tobacco Dock. 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 rooms and rehearsal spaces, recording studios…

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Touch Surgery

Mute Soundproofing® & Touch Surgery reduce reverberation at London meeting rooms, with acoustic ceiling panels..

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

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

Mute Soundproofing® created a flexible soundproof area for a client who 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…

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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 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 Kitchen 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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Acoustics and Noise Disturbance: 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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Soundproofing & Building Regs : 3 things you might not know about Building Regulations – Part E. Protection Against Sound

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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Hotel Soundproofing: 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, LAFmax.  Local authorities have published standards for groundborne noise, usually in response to specific rail projects affecting their jurisdiction. In relation to the Channel Tunnel Rail…

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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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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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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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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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