APT Sound Testing – Noise Surveys in London

BS8233 Noise Surveys in London
APT Sound Testing is a professional noise and acoustic consultancy firm operating in Greater London and the Home Counties. Our fully qualified and highly experienced consultants can provide expert advice and conduct survey analysis into all aspects of sound, such as investigating complaints into excessive noise and/or a BS 4142 London Noise Surveys.

We undertake London noise surveys on numerous potential housing and other noise-sensitive sites throughout the Capital and the UK. Our acoustic surveys cater for sites that may be exposed to noise from road, rail or air traffic and/or from industrial activity.

We undertake wide range of services from noise assessments through to noise mitigation proposals. Where it is proposed to install new plant or equipment, we undertake noise surveys to determine noise emission limits, in line with Local Authority requirements, and provide advice on mitigation.

As a local company we have an in depth knowledge on Greater London planning permissions and local legislation. Our noise consultants are expertly suited to carry out noise assessments, with a wealth of experience in assessing the sound impact of residential, industrial and commercial businesses in the community.

Noise Surveys for New Developments in London
London noise surveys and report should be submitted during the pre-application process and discussions on planning applications. In many circumstances a planning condition will stipulate that a noise survey will need to be undertaken.

Noise surveys are normally carried out at the design stage of the project prior to the commencement of construction., this is to allow the acoustic design of the building to take into account the local noise levels, i.e. if the local noise levels are quite high then the acoustic design will need to be more robust to mitigate any potential noise problems. Thereafter the local authority may also require post a BS 8182 London noise survey to prove that the noise standards have been achieved within the living rooms and bedrooms. The following information will usually need to be included within the noise survey report.

  1. The reason and scope of the report.
  2. Location plan of the proposed development and likely receptor points such as the nearest residential window/s.
  3. The noise survey Methodology including the noise monitoring location, the equipment used and the weather conditions during the noise survey.
  4. Reasons for deviations from standard methods.
  5. Full table of results.
  6. A comparison of survey results against the noise standards.
  7. Recommendations for noise control measures – acoustic barriers etc.
  8. Full calculations against noise reductions expected to support any suggested noise control measures.

The Different NEC Noise Exposure Categories (NECs)
There are four Noise Exposure Categories based on the level of noise at the development. The NEC in which the site falls determines to what extent noise should be considered in the granting of planning permission. The NEC(s) are usually determined by monitoring noise levels. Potential mitigation options can then be assessed by calculation, and/or the use of noise modelling. Appropriate noise mitigation can then be incorporated into the development at the design stage.

Problems relating to noise during the planning stages can usually be avoided or resolved with a good, detailed and accurate acoustic assessment report and by accounting for robust mitigation measures where and when required.

APT Sound Testing can be consulted on all aspects of acoustic related issues. In addition to sound measurements we also provide invaluable advice on the soundproofing design of walls and floors to meet the standards of Part E of Building Regulations. As a true specialist, we can offer a complete solution. Here are a few of our services:

  • 8233 Noise Surveys to help you achieve planning for your development.
  • Acoustic Design Service to ensure you project complies with Building Regulations Part E.
  • Sample sound testing to check the acoustic performance of your existing construction to allow for targeted acoustic upgrades.
  • Visual site surveys to insure your subcontractors are constructing the acoustic details correctly
  • Pre-completion London Sound Testing in compliance with Building Regulations Part E

Sound Testing In London
Pre-Completion Sound Testing is method of showing compliance with Approved Document Part E of the Building Regulations by testing the completed construction prior to handover. Sound Testing Services in the UK required for Pre-Completion Testing (PCT) with respect to Building Regulations Approved Document Part E is carried out when the construction of party walls and floors are complete.

Site Visits & Sample Sound Testing

APT Sound Testing offer Acoustic Site Survey visits to let us view the existing site construction. This allows us to check for potential problematic areas such as lightweight blocks haven’t been used in the existing construction. It also lets us check that the installation teams are installing the acoustic materials as per manufacturer’s guidelines, thus avoiding crucial onsite mistakes. We can also undertake sample sound testing of existing site construction; this offers an accurate overview of the acoustic performance of the existing partitions which enables us to offer a targeted acoustic design which correlates with the sound performance of the existing construction.

BS8233 Noise Surveys in London
London noise assessments are often required at the planning stage of developments that may generate noise, and noise-sensitive developments which may be affected by noise. Some developments, such as mixed use, fall into both categories. Potentially noise generating developments often require a Noise Impact Assessment to be undertaken. This normally requires existing ambient noise levels to be established, typically by undertaking measurements, and the impact of noise from the development to be established. For large developments, it is often necessary to consider secondary effects, such as the impact of increased traffic on existing roads.

Internal noise levels within the proposed buildings can be calculated using our latest noise prediction software. For most buildings, the overall sound insulation performance of the building envelope will depend on the glazing system employed. It may be necessary to stipulate specific glazing and ventilation systems that must be employed to ensure that internal noise criteria are achieved.

If you are an individual or a business with sound problems, and would like to speak with one of our professional noise consultants, please speak to one of our advisors today. The noise assessment process isn’t intrusive, lengthy or costly. Normally we would leave a meter over a 24 hour period which would gather the necessary data automatically, taking into account other factors such as construction, setting and external variables. We could then provide a detailed report and advise how best to proceed.

Contact APT Sound Testing
APT Sound Testing is one of the leading acoustic consultancy firms operating in the Greater London area. For London noise surveys, assessments, studies as well as our full range of London sound insulation testing, please contact our knowledgeable team of noise experts to provide professional and invaluable advice which could save you time and potential costs further down the line – call today on 07775623464 or visit the APT Sound Testing website today.

Metro Rental Newcastle Car & Van Hire Service

Metro Rental Newcastle Car & Van Hire Service
If you need reliable and affordable car hire Newcastle based company Metro Rental is definitely worth considering, with a flexible and professional service every time you can be certain that they will do everything they can to meet you requirements no matter what your reason for hiring a car. With a wide fleet of vehicles to choose from, not only including cars but a variety of minibuses and vans as well, they will be sure to have a car or vehicle that is completely suited to your needs.

Whether you are hiring a car for business or leisure purposes or even if you are just looking for something to tide you over while your own car is off the road with a range of flexible hire plans on offer you at Metro Rental you with be able to come to an arrangement that is totally suited to your needs, and with a range of special offers available you might find that car hire can be a lot more affordable than you might first think.

All hire cars are cleaned and fully inspected for any safety issues before and after leaving the premises and regularly undergo servicing and routine maintenance work so you can be sure that any car that you choose to hire form Metro Rental is going to perform to the highest standard as safely as possible, and with all cars being fully insured and protected by Hireguard Ltd you know that if anything was to go wrong you will be fully protected at all times.

So why not take a look at some of the great hire car options available at Metro Rental? With great customer service, excellent hire plans on offer and a range of fabulous cars to choose from if you are looking to travel in or around the Newcastle area choosing to hire a car from them could be a decision that you are really glad you made, making a booking couldn’t be easier simply check out the website or give them a call.

Contact Metro Rental
As specialists within car hire Newcastle and the North East, they have a proven track record of providing a first class service to their customers and have the experience and knowledge required to  make sure that they only hire cars of the best possible standard every time.

For more information hiring a car in Newcastle or for touring Northumberland call (0191) 460 33 44 and speak to one of our friendly staff or visit the Metro Vehicle Rental website today. You won’t find a better car hire company anywhere in the North East.

Hastings Metal Finishers & Electroplating Services

Hastings Metal Finishers & Electroplating Services
Hastings Metal Finishers are a specialist electroplating company located in the UK. Established in 1983 with the aim of providing an electroplating service of the highest quality to the engineering industry, the Company is run by Managing Director Paul Hastings, a Graduate Chemist who has over 25 years of surface engineering experience.


Our current client base numbers over 200 Companies including leading organisations in the areas of precision and general engineering, metal fabrication, and electrical and electronic engineering.




UK Electroplating Services
Their aim is to provide our customers with the following range of electroplating services and related surface treatments:

  • Solvent Degreasing • Acid Pickling   •  Electroless Nickel Plating
  • Silver Plating • Nickel Plating                •  Gold Plating
  • Tin Plating • Copper Plating              •  Vibratory Polishing
  • Zinc Plating • Bright Acid Dipping
  • Clear, Yellow and Black Chromate Passivating

All finishes are available in rack and barrel processing. Treatment facilities are available for processing ferrous components including stainless steel, copper and its alloys and aluminium alloys and they operate an in-house laboratory for physical and chemical testing. Hastings Metal Finishers are also happy to advise existing and potential customers on any surface finishing issues.

For further information please call 0191 4839213 or visit the Hastings Metal Finishers & Electroplating Services website.

The Perfect Prom Dress or Gown in Newcastle

The Perfect Prom Dress or Gown in Newcastle
As we approach Prom Night, without question for many ladies the most important consideration will be the Prom Dress. Indeed the local Newcastle upon Tyne newspaper – the Evening Chronicle has recently included a large article outlining what to consider when buying the prom dress etc. It included guidance on what to wear, hair and make-up, getting to the prom and much more.

With this in mind we thought we’d repost this blog on where you will find a great selection on prom dresses and gowns in Newcastle. Hopefully helping you prom night a great success.

If it is the year of your high school prom or you are looking for a prom gown for a formal event it’s definitely worth paying a visit to Just The Way You Are, although they are predominantly a supplier of wedding dresses you are guaranteed to be impressed with their extensive range of prom dresses and other accessories. Based in Newcastle this boutique gives you the opportunity to book an appointment at a time that is convenient to you and take advantage of an individual consultation so you can be certain you find something that you are totally happy with.

With a wide variety of designs in stock ranging from traditional full skirted gowns to sophisticated figure hugging formal dresses you can be certain that no matter what kind of image you are hoping to achieve at Just The Way You Are there will be a prom dress available that you are sure to love. Throughout the duration of your visit one of the friendly team will be happy to initially fully discuss all your ideas with you and then find you a selection of prom dresses to try on, then based on your feedback find you more choices to try until you have found the prom gown that is perfect for you.

At Just The Way You Are they aim to make sure that every woman or girl has a chance to look and feel amazing on their special day, and with that in mind they stock a wide range of sizes and different cuts of prom dress so you can be sure to find something that you look totally fabulous in regardless of your size or shape. No matter what member of staff assists you during your visit you can be sure that they will help you find designs that flatter your figure and fit you like a glove and give you honest and helpful advice so you can be completely happy and comfortable in whatever prom dress you decide on in the end.

All prom gowns are supplied by carefully selected designers who only provide products that are produced to the best possible standards so you can be sure that no matter what gown you decide on in the end it will be top quality and well made. With a wide range of accessories available to help you really complete your look at Just The Way You Are they have everything you need to make sure that you get noticed for all the right reasons.

So if you live in the North East and are hoping to find the perfect prom dress why not book an appointment with Just the Way You Are? With excellent customer service every time, a stylish and relaxing store and the opportunity to have a personal consultation, along with a really impressive range of beautiful prom gowns you definitely won’t be disappointed, take a look at their excellent customer reviews and you will see why so many people would recommend them to someone they know.

For more information or to arrange a visit and consultation about finding the perfect prom dress or gown for you, visit the Just the Way You Are website today or call us on 0191 261 0778 to make an appointment. You won’t be disappointed.

Buying Conservatory Roof Blinds Direct

Buying Conservatory Roof Blinds Direct
Transforming your conservatory into a unique and attractive living area can be far easier than you may first think with some carefully selected conservatory roof blinds, not only with they give you added privacy and temperature control they can also help you completely change the appearance and atmosphere of any style of conservatory.  Whether you would like to create an extended dining area, a tranquil haven to relax or a place for the kids to place choosing the correct conservatory roof blinds will really help you to create a really good base for any design.

At Conservatory Blinds Direct they have a wide selection of conservatory roof blinds available in many different designs helping you to transform your conservatory quickly and with no hassle at all no matter what ideas you may have in mind, with many choices of colour, style and pattern on offer you can be certain that you will find endless inspiration for your conservatory.

With measuring guides and other helpful information available ordering conservatories roof blinds direct is a quick and simple process and you will be able to get your blinds in no time at all, simply select your designs and measure your conservatories windows and doors, then let them know at Conservatory Blinds Direct what blinds you require and they will get them sent directly to you in no time at all and if you want to you can also take advantage of their professional fitting service.

With the added advantages of increased home security, extra privacy and temperature control so you can use your conservatory all year round roof blinds are a really worthwhile investment, at Conservatory Blinds Direct they have excellent customer services and some really high quality conservatory roof blinds for a very reasonable cost making them an excellent choice for anybody wishing to give their conservatory a real boost.

So if you really want to get the most from your conservatory why not think about turning it into a space that you and your family can really enjoy and transform it using conservatory roof blinds from Conservatory Roof Blinds Direct?

Conservatory Blinds Direct is part of the InStyle Blinds group, a well-established supplier of conservatory roof and window blinds throughout the UK. All of their Conservatory Blinds Direct products are made from the finest components and materials available, they are so confident in their products they are able to offer an industry unheard of 5 year Parts & Labour guarantee on all blinds made. As a leading UK manufacture to the window blind trade and now they are offering the chance for you to cut out that middle man and buy direct from the manufacture saving you hundreds and in some cases thousands of pounds over retail prices.

We are always happy to help and our friendly team will be happy to help you if you have any questions regarding an order, measuring, fitting or any of our products. Simply call on 01642 762497 or visit the Conservatory Blinds Direct website for more information.

Web Creator Tim Berners-Lee Targets Fake News

Web Creator Tim Berners-Lee Targets Fake News
The inventor of the world wide web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, has unveiled a plan to tackle data abuse and fake news. In an open letter to mark the web’s 28th anniversary, Sir Tim has set out a five-year strategy amid concerns he has about how the web is being used.

Sir Tim said he wants to start to combat the misuse of personal data, which creates a “chilling effect on free speech”. He also called for tighter regulation of “unethical” political adverts.

The British computer scientist said he wants the people who have helped develop the web with blogs, tweets, photos, videos and web pages to help come up with practical solutions to make a web “that gives equal power and opportunity to all”. Users are often unable to tell outlets what data they would not like shared, Sir Tim said. Terms and conditions were “all or nothing”.

Sir Tim said he wants to work with companies to put “a fair level of data control back in the hands of people”. He also expressed concerns that government surveillance is going too far and stopping the web from being used to explore topics such as sensitive health issues, sexuality or religion.

Social media sites and search engines must be encouraged to continue efforts to combat the problem of fake news, Sir Tim said. However, central bodies deciding what is true or not should be avoided, he added. Certain algorithms can favour sensationalist information designed to surprise or shock users rather than reflect the truth and can “spread like wildfire”, Sir Tim said.

The arrival of social media – and the fight for clicks – has meant real and fictional stories are presented in such a similar way that it can be hard to tell the two apart.

So-called “fake news” could be false information deliberately circulated by those who have scant regard for the truth but hope to advance particular (often extreme) political causes and make money out of online traffic. Or it could be false information circulated by journalists who don’t realise it’s false.

Fake news has become so prevalent that the Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee is now investigating concerns about the public being swayed by propaganda and untruths. The committee was spurred by claims that voters in the US election were influenced by fake news, it said.

Pope Francis was reported to have backed Donald Trump’s presidency campaign, for example, when he had not made an endorsement. Meanwhile, Mr Trump himself has used the term fake news to refer to critical stories about his administration, picking out organisations such as CNN and BBC.

Sir Tim advocated transparency so users can understand how web pages appear on their devices and suggested a set of common principles for sites to follow. And he raised concerns about how online political advertising had become a “sophisticated” industry.

Sir Tim said there were indications some targeted advertising was being used in “unethical ways” to keep voters away from the polls or directing people to fake news sites. He suggested companies could put subscription payments and small automated charges in place to make money without these types of adverts. However, despite highlighting issues on the world wide web which be believed need addressing, Sir Tim has admitted the solutions “will not be simple”.

Looking for Great Value Car Hire in Newcastle

Looking for Great Value Car Hire in Newcastle
If you are planning to visit Newcastle in the near future you want to really make the most of your stay and hire a car so you can go and see everything you want at you and your family’s leisure. Whether you are travelling from elsewhere in the UK or from abroad with offices based in convenient locations across Newcastle and the surrounding area hiring a car from Metro Vehicle Hire couldn’t be easier.

The region offers many attractions including Hadrians Wall, Durham Cathedral, Holy Island of Lindisfarne and Hexham Abbey to name but a few. For those who enjoy shopping there is of course, Europe’s largest shopping centre, the Metro Centre.

Newcastle itself is a wonderful city. With seven bridges crossing a spectacular riverscape, Newcastle offers a diverse and extremely vibrant visitor destination. With so many different areas each offering new sights, sounds and experiences, you’ll be amazed at how much is on offer whatever your tastes. World-class culture, vibrant nightlife, award-winning dining, inspiring heritage, fantastic shopping and acclaimed architecture are linked here, as nowhere else, by the famous Geordie spirit.

So if you do decide to visit Newcastle and the North East, contact Metro Vehicle Hire. With a great range of cars and van and minibuses to choose from no matter the size of your travelling party you can be certain to find something that suits your needs perfectly at Metro Vehicle Hire, and with the choice of cars available including 5 and 7 seat options you can be sure that no matter where you might choose to go you will definitely be travelling in comfort and style.

With all cars being fully safety checked and cleaned every time they are hired out and returned you can be sure that if you hire a car from Metro Vehicle Hire it will meet all legal safety requirements and that it will be in the best possible condition, you will also be covered by their insurance so the process is straightforward and easy from beginning to end.

At Metro Vehicle Hire they aim to offer every customer a flexible and friendly service for the best possible price so have a range of different offers and terms that you can take advantage of so you pay the best price available for the purpose that you require. So if you are thinking of visiting Newcastle soon it may be a good idea to get in touch with Metro Vehicle Hire in advance to find out more about the prices and availability that they can offer you, you may be surprised at the great value deal you are able to get.

Contact Metro Rental
As specialists within car hire Newcastle and the North East, they have a proven track record of providing a first class service to their customers and have the experience and knowledge required to  make sure that they only hire cars of the best possible standard every time.

For more information hiring a car in Newcastle or for touring Northumberland call (0191) 460 33 44 and speak to one of our friendly staff or visit the Metro Vehicle Rental website today. You won’t find a better car hire company anywhere in the North East.

Effective Search Engine Optimisation

Effective Search Engine Optimisation
If you are a new business and you want to make sure that you website is a success it may be a good idea to consider using the services of a professional internet marketing service such as Direct Submit to help you. Making sure that your website gets seen by potential customers or investors that will be interested in the goods or services that your business provides is a potential hurdle that every business faces regardless of their size or length of time within their industry, however with the correct skills and knowledge any website can really improve its chances of considerably raising its online profile.

By employing techniques such as search engine optimisation (SEO) Direct Submit can help you to reach the top pages of results produced by search engines such as Google, so people who are looking for the products or services that you provide are likely to find your page quickly and easily.  This is a particularly effective method and popular of internet marketing because not only does it send more traffic to your website, the traffic that is generated is much more likely to be well targeted to your business and doesn’t require the use of any expensive and time consuming advertising campaigns. As SEO can be a time consuming process that requires a lot of research, maintenance and adjustments to your website to be truly worthwhile so using the service of internet marketing company can be a really sensible investment.

Any new business takes up a lot of time and requires a lot of work so why not let a professional with all the required knowledge and expert skills required to do a to quality job do it for you so you can pay your attention to other, more immediate aspects of your business.  At Direct Submit they offer all service with very flexible terms giving you the option to simply hire them to set the initial process up or to continue to benefit from their support by taking advantage of the excellent maintenance and performance review services that are on offer as well.

At Direct Submit they are happy to offer help, advice and services to any businesses that are just starting out, no matter how large or small, with the skills and expertise to help any website become a success they will be able to offer you an effective internet marketing strategy that is completely tailored to your businesses individual needs by taking in to account other details such as location, customer target group, special offers, awards or achievements and many other factors.

With a friendly, efficient and flexible approach to all their customers you will be definitely be pleased with the results that Direct Submit can create for you. So if you want your new business to be seen online and have the best possible start why not talk to one of the friendly and fully trained team at Direct Submit to find out how they could help your company’s website boost its online profile?

To speak to one of our Internet Marketing Consultants for advice on making your Web Marketing project a success, call us now on 0845 272 2350 or email us on mail@directsubmit.co.uk. We look forward to your call.

The Importance of Airtightness Testing

The Importance of Airtightness Testing
Approved document L suggests that air permeability is the physical property used to measure the airtightness of the building fabric.  The test measurement is defined as air leakage rate per hour per square metre of envelope (m3/hr/m2) area at a test reference pressure differential across the building envelope of 50 Pascal (50 N/m2). The design air permeability is the target value set at the design stage and is tied in to the design stage SAP assessment – in many cases the air leakage figure set of the air tightness test is 5m3/hr/m2.

Wherever air infiltration occurs, there is a corresponding exfiltration somewhere else in the building. During the summer, infiltration can bring humid, outdoor air into buildings. In winter, exfiltration can result in moist indoor air moving into cold wall cavities and may result in condensation and ultimately mould and/or rot which could result in serious damage to the property.
The ATTMA – Air Tightness Testing and Measurement Association governing body for air tightness testing and  the defines ‘air leakage’ as the uncontrolled flow of air through gaps and cracks in the fabric of a building. The general public recognise it as draughts. In most cases the main air leakage paths are:

Services Penetrations
• Service penetration’s around boilers pipes.
• Service penetration’s around under floor heating.
• Service penetrations in the kitchen and utility room.
• Service penetrations in the toilets, bathroom and en-suite.
• Pipework penetrations behind the radiators.
• Service penetrations in the bathrooms and en-suite.
• Around electrical fuse box.
• Around extract fans.

General Air Leakage Paths
• Gaps between skirting board and floor on each floor level.
• Behind kitchen units.
• Behind Utility Cupboards
• Around poorly fitted trickle vents.
• Around Patio doors.
• Gaps around the stairs.
• Around loft hatch.
• Gaps around the bath panel and the shower tray.

Approaching Air Tightness Testing
Also, to incorrect sequencing of work the air sealing may not be undertaken properly. One such example is the late addition of mechanical and electrical pipework & cables that should have been installed earlier in the project; however, due to insufficient information i.e. missing details on drawings, the M&E is often added at a later stage, thus requiring additional penetrations through the newly completed building fabric. Unfortunately once newly formed penetrations are in the envelope, nobody wants to take ownership for the new penetrations and the resealing of the areas, so the air leakage paths are left to the end of the project.

In many instances, operatives are rushed to install new installations resulting in much larger access holes than is strictly necessary for the service pipework/cables, this often happens in kitchens, utility rooms, bathrooms, toilets and service cupboards. In these rooms service penetrations are often hid behind Kitchen cupboards, behind toilets, sinks, bath panels and under shower. Other areas are around services in airing and boiler cupboards. Once cupboards and boilers etc. are installed, it makes it almost impossible to seal the air leakage paths especially if it’s close to the air seal line. Unfortunately, if service penetrations are not properly sealed it often results in air tightness test failure.

In many cases a lack of understanding by building contractors can lead to multiple ongoing air test failures.  One common problem is the client putting cosmetic appearance above general airtightness; however, with careful air sealing both can be achieved.  Unfortunately, with the airtightness target being halved from the old standard of 10m3/hr/m2 to 5m3/hr/m2 it is essential that the all air leakage paths are sealed prior to the air tightness test.

In our experience another reasons for air tightness testing failures is down to a general lack of understanding where the air seal line within the building.  Some of the issues that may need to be addressed to overcome this would include adequate training, quality control and building design.

If you employ our services from the start of the project, we will send out our air tightness checklist to help you prepare for the air testing. If each item is actioned in-line with the checklist then our clients usually pass first time. We can also visit site a few weeks prior to the air test date to undertake a site inspection, we can then highlight any potential air leakage paths so they can be sealed prior to the air tightness test.

If you would like more information in regards to preparing for you air tightness test in London, please visit our website at airpressuretesting.net or phone us on 07775623464.