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CMS Vibrations Joins with Education

CMS Vibration Solutions has installed a Kinetics Roll-out Isolation Material (RIM-C) system to structurally isolate a recording studio at educational organisation WJEC’s new building in Cardiff. Installed in the ground floor studio, the Kinetics RIM-C system helped to isolate the sensitive recording equipment from the ground-borne vibrations generated by nearby road traffic.

Designed by Capita Architecture, the new five-storey, 6,000m2 WJEC development is the new headquarters of the exam awarding body, whose work spans England and Wales. Providing office space, meeting room suites and welfare facilities, the building also features the recording studio for the production of educational examination resources.

As the recording studio is located on the ground floor of the WJEC building, an anti-vibration treatment needed to be identified to prevent ground-borne vibrations from the adjacent main road from travelling into the building and causing a disturbance to the recording sessions.

Following advice from the acoustic consultants on the project, the original specification of a ‘jack-up’ floor slab for the studio was changed to a cost effective Kinetics RIM-C system. Specified for its quick and simple installation procedure, the Kinetics RIM-C system is a high performance acoustic floating floor which decouples the floor from the rest of the building structure. Using precompressed Kinetics Isolation Pads (KIPs), the system ‘floats’ the concrete floor slab, creating an air void between it and the substructure to minimise the transmission of impact and airborne sound through the floor.

Alex Robertson, architect at Capita Architecture, comments: “The close proximity of the main road to the WJEC building meant that a vibration control treatment was needed to allow the recording studio to function as originally intended. Providing the required isolation performance, the Kinetics RIM-C system from CMS Vibrations offered a cost effective solution, with a quick and easy installation procedure.”

In the 40m2 recording studio, the KIPs were fixed in fibreglass matting at 600mm centres, creating a 150mm thick floating slab with a 50mm airgap. A Perimeter Isolation Board (PIB) and a plywood covering completed the installation, prior to the application of a concrete slab on top. With no appreciable degradation in the isolation performance, the Kinetics RIM-C system will maintain the natural frequency level of approximately 10.5Hz for the projected lifetime of the floor.

Email: enquiries@cmsantivibration.co.uk


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