Soundproofing Solutions for New Build Developments

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Hush-01Designing effective soundproofing for new build developments can be challenging. There is no ‘one-size fits all’ solution as each building has its own parameters which need to be considered when designing floor, wall and ceiling constructions.

Structural designs have to detail all of the correct information and materials have to be carefully selected to ensure all new build developments are fit for purpose and guarantee comfortable conditions, as stipulated by UK Building Regulations including Approved Document E (England & Wales), Section 5 of the Scottish Building Standards (Scotland) and Approved Part G (Northern Ireland).

Not only that, but Architects, Designers and Clients need to fully understand how nuisance noises will affect a development, both internal and external sources. Different noise sources will have different impacts on a new build which in turn will affect design, material selection and specification procedure.

How does noise affect new build developments?
Noise is transmitted in new build developments by airborne and impact sound sources (also known as frequency waves). Airborne sources include speech, TV noise, music and general noise. Impact sound sources are sudden sound sources like footsteps. The other sound source that can allow sound to transmit through a construction is flanking transmission, which is where sound is transferred indirectly through adjoining structures e.g. impact sound may be transmitted between adjoining rooms through a timber floor as well as the supporting wall.

Nowadays, most modern new builds (in particularly residential developments) are constructed using a masonry cavity construction or a timber frame construction. Due to the different construction qualities and materials used, internal and external sound sources will affect these developments in different ways.

Masonry cavity constructions consist of an inner leaf of blockwork which support the floors and create internal and separating walls. These masonry constructions can be effective in reducing airborne noise sources due to the dense nature of the high mass masonry structures but are very prone to flanking noise issues that can cause the development to fail.

Timber frame constructions are made using load-bearing frames of treated timber, which makes up the floors and the internal and separating walls. Timber frame constructions can be effective in reducing impact noise sources and are a more cost-effective option than masonry cavity constructions, however can be prone to movement.

UK Building Regulations set out decisive criteria for sound insulation performance for all types of new builds, whether their purpose is residential, commercial, education, healthcare, industrial or leisure.

How to design effective soundproof solutions for new build developments

Hush-02In order to comply with Approved Document E (England & Wales), Section 5 of the Scottish Building Standards (Scotland) and Approved Part G (Northern Ireland) of the UK Building Regulations, all separating floors and walls in new build developments must be built in such a way as to achieve minimum sound insulation values (this also includes change of use and refurbishment projects).

The best way to create effective soundproofing for new build developments is to accommodate the acoustic solution early in the design process, and to gain expert acoustic advice. By doing these it will ensure compliance with UK Building Regulations, it will minimise any potential for failures and therefore reduces the need for costly and disruptive remedial measures later down the line.

The planning and design process requires Architects and Developers to consider the noise exposure of the residential development. Internal sources include building layout, separating wall and floor performance, reverberation control and room acoustics and sound protection from communal areas. External factors or noise sources include outside noises such as neighbours, road traffic, and other local influences.

Hush offers a wide range of Acoustic Systems (Wall, Ceiling, Concrete and Timber Floor) which exceed the requirements of UK Building Regulations. They are specialist systems which comprise of acoustic components put together by Hush to offer the best soundproofing solutions for masonry and timber floors. One such system is the HD1057 Masonry Acoustic System, which offers excellent acoustic performance for new builds with masonry wall construction. It uses a thin acoustic wall lining system meaning the system has a limited impact upon the design and internal spaces.

The HD1057 Masonry Acoustic System comprises of Hush Resilient Bars which are fitted directly to either side of a masonry wall. In-between the bars is fitted with Hush Slab 25 Sound Absorber and faced with Hush Wallboard, finally sealed using Hush Heavy Duty Isolation Tape.

The HD1054 Double Timber Stud Wall System provides effective soundproofing for timber frame new build developments and ensures compliance with UK Building Regulations. Two stud frames of 50 x 100mm are constructed to create new separating walls. The voids are filled with Hush Slab 100 Sound Absorber and then each frame is faced with two layers of 15mm Soundbloc Plasterboards.

Hush offers a wide range of acoustic products and systems which offer an effective and economical solution for new build developments and importantly achieve and exceed compliance with UK Building Regulations.

How can Hush Acoustics help with your new build development project?

Hush provides high quality acoustic products and systems backed by comprehensive technical advice that will ensure your new build development project complies with all UK Building Regulations including Approved Document E (England & Wales), Section 5 of the Scottish Building Standards (Scotland) and Approved Part G (Northern Ireland), including Robust Details, BB93 and Code for Sustainable Homes parameters.

Hush’s soundproofing systems provide acoustic solutions for separating floors, ceilings and walls in new build projects, whether it be multi-occupancy or single dwelling premises. Our wide range of acoustic products includes Acoustic Underlay, Floating Flooring, Hush Absorber Panels, Suspended Ceilings, Resilient Bars, Flooring Battens and Supports, Joist Infills and many more.

If you need any information on Hush’s acoustic products and systems please browse the company website ( or contact one of our experienced acoustic technicians on 0151 933 2026.

New Colour Concept – Design Classics in New Colours

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Colours_1HEWI wrote design history with the lever handle 111. The portfolio has been developed continuously ever since. Cloakroom products, handrails, railings and sanitary accessories as well as accessibility products were created following the principle: one part matches the other. Today the hardware System 111 and the sanitary Range 477/801 are still among the most frequently used products in public buildings.

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The colour concept is not only a contemporary development, but also opens up new design options. There will be six new colours. The colour concept has 16 colours in total. These are coordinated, so that they can be used together harmoniously. In addition, the multi-system concept creates even more combination possibilities. For example, the sanitary ranges, accessibility products and selected hardware can be combined with each other.

The new brochure “Colour” contains all colors. Let yourself be inspired.


Howe Green’s Hinged Access Cover Meets Euro Demand

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HSE75 001The HSE75 hinged access cover is one of Howe Green’s leading lines for export to Europe, and to Germany in particular, where demand for precision and quality remains high. A top quality aluminium access cover with gas springs and internal/external release latches, the HSE75 provides efficient and effortless access to under-floor building services. The high-performance product is ideally suited for settings requiring a heavier loading and anywhere health and safety are paramount.

Flexible, durable and ultimately reliable, Howe Green’s hinged access cover is part of a wider range of total access cover solutions for floors, walls and ceilings and is suitable for all hard floor finishes including ceramic tiles, marble, terrazzo, concrete, resin, wood or parquet. Made-to -order, even non-standard sizes are available without the delays and surcharges typically associated with bespoke manufacture.

HSE75 Features:

  • High-quality hinged access cover with gas springs and internal/external release latches for frequent access to under-floor building services.
  • Can be fitted quickly and unobtrusively into all types of hard floor finish including ceramic tiles, marble, terrazzo, concrete, resin, wood or parquet.
  • Unique design with cover sections tapered for easy removal, and frame sections giving a good key to bedding mortar.
  • Top seal on aluminium covers helps prevent dirt, grout or grinding waste penetrating joints between the cover and frame. Double-sealed option also available.
  • Lifting blocks anchored to the inner frame. Stainless steel securing bolts are stiletto heel proof.
  • Manufactured to order with no price premium or delivery delay and to quality standard BS EN ISO9001

ScaleBuster® Performance and Longevity Encapsulated at James Hornby School

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Hornsby 2aBetween August 1998 and February 1999 three Scalebuster® units were installed at the James Hornby School in Basildon, Essex. The Scalebusters® were specified to protect the calorifiers in the school heating system by inhibiting the build-up of harmful limescale and so preventing the need for costly repairs or premature replacement.

In 2014 a refurbishment programme was undertaken at the school that included changes to the heating system, but the question was, had the Scalebusters® actually done their job? The ideal chance came when the three original units were removed 16 years after their installation. Between December 2014 and February 2015 new boilers were installed for the upper and lower schools as well as the sports hall. At the same time five new Scalebusters® were installed to protect the new system and the old units were returned for a detailed examination.

Their effectiveness was immediately evident from the condition of the calorifiers. The contractor involved in their replacement took internal photographs of the original, 16 years old calorifiers, shown here, before they were removed. The images show no build-up of scale on either the cylinder walls or the heat exchange walls demonstrating conclusively that the ScaleBusters® had performed their function of inhibiting the build-up of hard scale throughout their operational life.

ISB SF75 side on2aBut what of the Scalebusters® themselves? If the old boilers hadn’t been replaced would they have carried on working even longer? External inspection showed the body of the units to be in good order. The nickel plating was in good condition and there was no corrosion or pitting of the brass. The central spindle and all PTFE fins were in good order on the flanged units. All the fins were present and were tight within their housing indicating that minimal reduction in the anode had taken place.

The PTFE sections within the ISB C50 threaded unit were clean and showed no sign of wear or fouling. All the zinc anodes were in place and although some signs of depletion were evident, this was to be expected after having been in use since 1999. A detailed internal and external examination of the units confirmed that despite the use of a zinc anode as a sacrificial element, minimal depletion of the anode had actually taken place.

During a service life in excess of 15 years, thousands of cubic metres of water would have been treated as they passed through the three units. The service life in the case of the removed ScaleBuster® units within the system and water type at the James Hornby School was found to be well in excess of 15 years.

How do Scalebusters® work?

The Scale-Buster® unit conditions hard water (preventing lime-scale build up) by combining a number of actions that release zinc ions into the water as it passes through the unit. It does not contain magnets or involve any sort of magnetic process. It needs no power supply and works completely automatically with no control panel to maintain. They are WRAS approved and can be installed with new systems or retro-fitted to existing installations.

Scale-Buster® is designed to cause precipitation of calcium carbonate into the water stream. This is as a result of the breakdown of the bicarbonate into carbon dioxide, water and carbonate due to the effects created within the Scale-Buster® itself. The particles which are formed in the water stream act as nuclei for the formation of further scale when the water is heated. In this way, scale deposition upon heating surfaces is minimised.

When a salt is precipitated from solution it results in a relatively less saturated solution remaining. The less saturated water is then able to dissolve and breakdown existing scale from pipe surfaces which form bigger particles that can then be removed from the system with a filter.

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From derelict pile to hospitality pearl: Stannah updates access in Crossbasket Castle

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Throughout its 600-year history it’s doubtful that Crossbasket Castle in Scotland catered for mobility compromised people – until a recent £9m investment and a Stannah Midilift SL platform lift transformed it into a luxury hotel, restaurant and events venue, accessible to everyone.

Moribund and on the Buildings at Risk Register, this Grade I Listed tower house was bankrolled into the 21st century with four years of sympathetic restoration, by new owners Steve and Alison Reid-Timoney.

Set in 14 acres of landscaped gardens on the banks of Rotten Calder Water in High Blantyre, Lanarkshire, Crossbasket Castle offers eight bedrooms, including a 4-floor honeymoon suite, the Albert and Michel Roux Jnr Restaurant, and the Roosevelt Grand Hall, a mediaeval-style, new-build banqueting/ballroom facility, and home to the Midilift SL access lift.

The platform lift carries mobility compromised patrons, especially wheelchair-users, between the ground-floor Hall and the mezzanine Balcony, a unique dining or meeting space with scenic views of the Calder gorge and waterfalls.

The Midilift SL was specified by Project Manager, John Sneddon, who sourced Stannah after having problems with a previous lift installation in the main building: “We contacted Stannah because they are a recognised name in the lift industry, and were impressed by their service from the outset – an excellent product backed by professional support from start to finish.”

Complementing the Hall’s glazed roof, the wheelchair lift’s glass door and upper-level, half-height gate blend security with viewability, with the gate providing a cost-effective solution to the restricted head height caused by the sloping ceiling.

Finished in RAL 8016 mahogany brown, the platform lift complements the surrounding woodwork, which also mirrors the aged fixtures and fittings of the main building.

Hydraulically driven and supplied in its own lift enclosure, the lift requires minimal building work, making it a cost-conscious access solution that ensures the owners of Crossbasket Castle comply with section 4.2 of the Technical Handbook (Scotland), and the Equality Act 2010.

As with all Stannah lift products, the Midilift SL platform lift is covered by Stannah’s comprehensive lift service plan, which includes four service visits, with continued lift maintenance by the Scotland branch of Stannah Lift Services, part of a nationwide network providing comprehensive lift servicing and support.

New EJOT fixing ranges steal the limelight at RCI

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The new EJOT Concrete brick and Block range encompasses mechanical and chemical anchors applicable to all types of building substrate for diverse installation challenges.Those attending the recent RCI show at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena at the end of January, will have witnessed the diversity of fixing solutions for flat roofing, rainscreen systems and other construction challenges offered under this global brand; but the products are really only part of a holistic, service based technical offering.

We are all familiar with the map detailing the different exposure conditions to which structures are subjected, but it requires real expertise to translate wind speeds into the right fixing patterns and types. Crucially the EJOT range encompasses different options for mechanical and chemical anchors to suit all the common exterior substrates: including plywood, metal sheeting, brick or blockwork masonry and cracked or uncracked concrete.

By engaging with EJOT, contractors and consultants can access the company’s testing capabilities which will confirm the suitability of certain solutions to the location, the height or configuration of the building and the material which a rainscreen system or built –up roofing system is being secured into.

EJOT's new HTK2G 75mm diameter tubewasher, designed to meet SPRA guidelines for part-adhered membrane installationBrian Mack Technical Business Development Manager for EJOT UK Ltd “Globally EJOT is expanding its product offering relating to concrete, brick and block substrates: by consolidating our existing brands, through research & development, and from consultation with OEM’s and engineers. We have the products within the range to meet all installation issues into the different substrates, to tackle a wide variety of applications and performance criteria”

A further example of the latter would be the Trio ‘general application’ anchor for insulation materials, which is aimed at sub-contractors tasked, say, with securing insulation as part of a rainscreen installation. Described by Brian Mack as versatile and reliable as well as being very cost effective, Trio comprises two types of fixing pin, both of which combine with the same high quality sleeve.

New EJOT Trio ideal for general insulaton applicatoinsMeanwhile, the three Trio components can be used to fix into concrete or clay bricks including perforated types and aircrete blockwork. The 10mm diameter sleeve itself is manufactured from high density polyethylene to create a variable anchor zone, from 30 to 60 mm depth. The glass-reinforced nylon pin is intended to be used for securing lighter weight insulation such as expanded polystyrene back into brickwork or concrete. Then the metal pin will normally be used for heavier insulation types, though still being suitable for lighter EPS material. EJOT Trio then presents a generic, non-system specific product solution

Also prominent amongst the products showcased on EJOT’s stand at RCI the company was introducing its new HTK-75-2G 75 mm diameter tube-washer, for part-adhered flat roofing installations. Importantly it meets SPRA guidelines for bonded/mechanical hybrid installations and is suitable for securing insulation back into either ply or profiled steel decks.

EJOT’s technical sales engineers will advise on the correct fixing centres in relation to wind-load calculations, while the tube-washer and threaded fastener not only address cold-bridging concerns, but the telescopic design provides resistance to imposed loads.   With the insulation and membrane permanently secured using EJOT’s hybrid solution, the job is completed by folding and heat welding the laps.

With such a comprehensive collection of fixing products to choose from, and technical resources including site testing available to back them up, potential customers need to investigate the EJOT offering fully.

For more information email or call 01977 687040

Stepping up: easy-fit low level light

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Stepping up: easy-fit low level light

Stepping up_ surface mount_easy install_steplightsTimeguard’s new range of super-slimline, compact surface mounted IP65 LED step lights make it easy to add decorative and safety lighting on steps and decks.

There’s no need to channel out the step or wall and the double-insulated luminaires do not require an earth. The surface mount back plates provide for fast terminal block connection, making them even quicker and easier to install.

Delivering from 20 to 24 Lumens of cool white light the new dark grey and white polycarbonate Timeguard Step Lights have the good looks and guaranteed durability that property owners will welcome indoors or out. They are remarkably compact – the round model, for instance, is just 150mm in diameter and 27mm deep, and will provide discrete, trouble-free down lighting for steps, corridors and passageways indoors and out for many years.

Electrical wholesalers are now stocking square, oblong and round versions in both colours


Pretty tough_Timeguard LED bulkheadsPretty tough: more LED die-cast bulkhead lights from Timeguard

After the runaway success of its round and oval slimline outdoor die cast LED lights, Timeguard has extended the range with round eyelid and grill designs.

The eyelid design gives installers control over the field of illumination, allowing for down lighting: while the grid pattern, as well as being decorative, adds even more protection to what is already a very tough polycarbonate diffusing lens. These 25W, 240mm diameter lights deliver bright light economically:  1100 Ln for the eyelid model 1800 Ln for the grid design.

With IP65 weatherproofing and, of course, the 3 year guarantee that is the signature of Timeguard quality, the new luminaires are available from electrical wholesalers now.


About Timeguard:

Timeguard sets the standards in quality and innovation. Originally part of Smiths Industries Group, and now a member of the Europe-wide Theben group of companies, Timeguard develops innovative products for the electrical trade that are easy to install and which focus on time, lighting and climate control that delivers energy savings. The Greater London company’s products are sold through electrical wholesalers, backed up with long guarantees, with easy access to comprehensive information on packaging and online, and direct access to a technical telephone helpline for installers and specifiers.

VELOPA Transport Cycle Stand range

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Cycling continues to be the fastest way of moving around our biggest cities making cycle stands an essential part of any urban construction project.
Whatever the location, any cycle stands installed in a busy public area must be able to withstand the rigours of daily use without needing constant maintenance. The VELOPA Transport Cycle Stand range was designed with city life in mind and meets these requirements perfectly. Manufactured from mild steel and galvanised as standard to ensure their longevity, each of the stands within the range has been created to fully comply with the cycle parking recommendations in force in their namesake cities.

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There are two preferred cycle stands in use on the London transport network; the London Cycle Stand and the ‘M’ Cycle Stand. Both are designed to offer cyclists the maximum security possible when leaving their bicycles unattended. Whilst the London Cycle Stand uses a wider diameter steel tube to boost its defensive properties, the M stand’s design gives cyclists variable locking heights to provide a higher level of security than traditional cycle stands.

Be aware! Certain areas of London require all their street furniture items to be coated black. All of our cycle stands can be coated in any RAL or BS colour; please specify the colour at time of ordering. AUTOPA’s standard black is RAL 9005.

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The Manchester Cycle Stand is the widest cycle stand of the range; at 1000mm, it provides secure cycle storage for all styles of bicycle. This stand is supplied with contrasting reflective banding as standard to ensure that is can see by all pedestrians in all weather conditions. Additional signage plates and tapping rails can be added if required.


Birmingham 3Birmingham

The Birmingham Cycle Stand features an integrated tapping rail and signage plate making it fully compliant with all DDA regulations and the recommendations in place on the Birmingham transport network. The signage plate can also be used by cyclists as an additional locking point for their bicycles.


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The final stand within the range is the Transport Cycle Stand. This stand is designed to meet the recommendations set by the majority of UK councils and is perfect for use in high footfall areas. The integrated low-level signage plate doubles as a functional tapping rail making the stand easily identifiable for visually impaired pedestrians.

The VELOPA brand has been synonymous with the manufacture of high-quality cycle storage products for over 60 years, so whatever project you are working on, we will be able to help.

Contact AUTOPA’s sales office today to find out more.

Award-Winning Admiral’s Quay Development Chooses Trespa

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Admirals Quay_4Admirals Quay in Southampton is a residential and mixed-use development that has combined Trespa® Meteon® cladding panels with copper and glass to create a stunning external facade.

The contract worth £48.5 million comprises three towers in a prime position on the south coast of England. The landmark residential tower is 26 storeys high and is supported by two residential buildings, at 50m and 30m high respectively. The development which offers 299 private apartments and 2,800m² of retail and leisure space is situated on the redundant site of the former Canute’s Pavilion Shopping Centre at Ocean Village in Southampton overlooking the marina.

Admirals Quay_2Main contractor, Bouygues UK worked jointly with its client Allied Developments and HGP Architects on the design, build and management of the project. The location of the development played a major part in the specification for the external façade, as the coastal environment required a material that could withstand the elements of sea, salt and wind.

The orientation of the panels was important to give the appearance of a different shade on the development to show the versatility of a single coloured panel when simply installed at 180 degrees so that the light catches the material and provides a different variation of the colour.  This versatility is one of the key benefits of the Trespa® Meteon®.

The architects wanted a material that not only offered excellent performance but also superb aesthetic value.  Available in a wide choice of colours and effects and tested extensively for weather and UV-resistance, Trespa® Meteon® was the ideal solution.  The product is a high-pressure compact laminate (HPL) with an integral surface manufactured using Trespa’s unique in-house technologies, Electron Beam Curing (EBC) and Dry Forming (DF). The blend of up to 70% wood-based fibres and thermosetting resins, manufactured under high pressures and temperatures produces a highly stable, dense panel with good compressive and tensile strength that performs exceptionally well.  2,000m2 of the material in metallic aluminium grey was specified for the main tower.

Admirals QuayTrespa® Meteon® met the requirements for the design and build of Admirals Quay, with the panels performing outdoors exceptionally well. Being practically impervious to acid rain, the seafront conditions at Southampton would not prove a problem.

The final result is a stunning development at Admiral’s Quay, replacing the derelict buildings with new architecture and modern design.

Peter Morton of Allied Developments said: ‘It will now realise its full potential as an exciting mixed-use development situated on the marina, giving the city a waterfront destination to be proud of.”

Admirals Quay scooped the Best High Volume New Housing Development prize at the prestigious LABC South East Awards this year.

For further information and samples of Trespa® Meteon® products, contact the Sales Office UK, Petra Van Pol.

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A new generation of Piccolo – One of our best lifts just got better

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Looks like a passenger lift? Check. Functions like a passenger lift? Check. All the gorgeous interior options of a passenger lift range? No problem!

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Whilst technically being a machinery directive platform lift, our Piccolo looks just like a passenger lift with sliding doors, fully automatic cabin and landing controls. With its compact shaft size, minimal pit and headroom and its use of single-phase power supply, it’s the passenger lift your project needs with none of the headache.

Stannah lift at bucks new university

Plus – we have made the installation of this groundbreaking product even easier with the introduction of the Stannah FX structure option. Unique to Stannah, the FX structure comprises of a ‘shaft within a shaft’. Erected by our engineers, it negates the need for scaffolding within the shaft – saving both time and money on site. Travel is now up to 12m and with smaller cabin sizes available, this lift is now even more adaptable to your project.

Stannah lift at bucks new university

Piccolo offers the best of both worlds and is ideal in sites where digging a pit is neither practical nor possible. It delivers much of the functionality of a passenger lift but can be accommodated in surprisingly small spaces. It’s a great alternative to a traditional platform lift when the position of the lift is against a load bearing wall and a shaft can easily be created. It’s stylish, conventional appearance means it looks great in both public buildings, schools and colleges, shops and restaurants or even in your own home. It lends itself well to existing buildings but is equally at home in new-build projects.

The only thing you have to worry about with a Piccolo lift is letting us know your specifications. This is the lift for passengers – that isn’t a passenger lift!

To find out more call us on 01264 339090, email: or go to