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Pace Installations Puts a Stop to Noise for Gateway Housing Association

Pace Installations, a leading provider of acoustic, dry lining and fire protection services, has completed a programme of remedial acoustic works on behalf of Gateway Housing Association, after the refurbishment of its new offices in East London left sound able to travel between noise sensitive spaces.

The refurbishment, which converted former industrial premises into a two-storey office facility, failed to connect the dry lining partitions with the structural soffit, resulting in direct sound transmission between the open plan office space and designated private and confidential areas. Once fully occupied with over 75 employees, the high levels of sound being transmitted rendered the private areas, including two interview rooms and seven directors’ offices, not fit for purpose.

Kathy Stewart, facilities and procurement officer for Gateway Housing, explains: “The nature of our work means we deal with very personal subject matters. The poor acoustics in the new offices meant we couldn’t use the interview room for resident consultations, as literally every word spoken would carry through into the neighbouring office.”

To be able to use the facility to full capacity and effect, Gateway Housing had to seek expert advice on how to correct the sound insulation in the offices. Following collaboration with consultant building surveyors, Robert Barnes Associates, and acoustic product manufacturer, CMS Acoustic Solutions, this led to the specification of a combination of acoustic materials. As the only fully approved UK installer for CMS Acoustics, Gateway Housing commissioned Pace Installations to carry out the specialist acoustic works.

Approximately 50m2 of QuietSlab Laminate was specified to close the 1,200mm voids between the top of the partition and structural soffit. This high performance material is constructed of QuietSlab and WB 5 Sound Barrier to offer high levels of sound absorption and sound insulation. To add density to the suspended ceiling tiles, 300m2 of SoundBlocker, a high specification acoustic plasterboard, was used. SuperLag FL-B, an acoustic lagging material, was also installed to provide additional insulation for the air conditioning units housed in the ceiling void.

As the offices were fully occupied, the site programme had to be carefully scheduled around daily operations. By consulting the facilities management team and closely monitoring site progress, Pace Installations delivered a highly efficient supply and fit service to complete the full remedial works.

Kathy Stewart continues: “Having been in the new offices for about a year, there was absolutely no room for error with the remedial works. The site team from Pace was one of the best I have seen, with the phased programme delivered to an excellent standard. We were able to maintain normal operations around the construction works as they were so efficient, clean and quiet – ironic given they were here to correct problems with the sound insulation.”

Appreciating the importance of efficiency while maintaining the quality of acoustic product installation, Pace delivered the programme against an accelerated schedule, completing the works in just nine days over a phased three week period.

Robert Barnes of Robert Barnes Associates, concludes: “I was most impressed with the professionalism demonstrated by Pace Installations and by CMS Acoustics. The project was completed successfully and without any real disturbance to the daily activities of Gateway Housing Association. Additionally, the acoustic works have also minimised the noise of rainfall on the original industrial roof, which has greatly improved the working environment.”

 

Email: louisematthews@hackettequity.co.uk


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