Month: September 2015

Designing Buildings to Pass Sound Testing

Designing Buildings to Pass Sound Testing

Designing Buildings to Pass Sound Testing
From the very start of the design phase of a new building, it’s extremely important that careful consideration is given to the acoustic element the building.

By getting us involved at the start of the design process we can undertake a comprehensive acoustic design reviews and on-going site surveys. We always advocate meeting with the design team at the earliest opportunity to go through all acoustic elements for the building’s design, taking into account the site constraints and the most cost effective method of achieving Part E of Building Regulations. We try to forward of any possible ‘onsite’ construction problems and difficulties in achieving successful acoustic construction and subsequently the sound testing for Part E.

Once we have completed the acoustic design review our services don’t finish there. We provide the site team with on-going design support and site visits. You will have direct contact with the allocated acoustician from the start of the process through to the successful completion of the project.

Once the first phase of the building is completed, we can undertake sample sound testing to ensure the acoustic design and onsite construction methods are sufficient to pass Part E sound testing.

When it comes to refurbishment projects i.e. house converted into flats and/or an office block into flats we can undertake a sample test of the existing wall and floor construction. Once we have established the sound levels for the existing construction we can then look at extent of the acoustic upgrades to attain Part E Complaisance. This is much more effective than just forwarding an acoustic design that may be to excessive and expensive when the existing construction is already ‘acoustically’ robust and therefore only needs to improve by a few dB.

One problem we often encounter (without our design input) is that the building marginally fails during the sound test. The potential problem that is often overlooked is that many types of acoustic design/materials have attained an acoustic rating within a laboratory. It is very difficult and extremely unlikely that the sound levels achieved on a construction site will be as good as in the confines of a stringent laboratory environment.

When the construction assembly is tested in the lab, it is also certified and an exact description of the materials and the installation techniques are described in detail and followed to the letter, obviously this should be replicated on the your site as closely as possible, however this seldom happens. This is one of the reasons why a 5dB point difference is allowed between the construction design on paper and the actual on site construction performance. When you consider that sound doubles every 10dB, then 5dB can make a huge difference to the overall performance of the dividing partition under test. If consideration is not allowed for during the design process then there will be a greater chance of a sound test failure on your project.

Another potential problematic area of sound transference and potential sound test failures is down to flanking sound. Noise flanking is when travels along a continuous path due to insufficient isolation/break within the building wall & floor elements. One of the most common flanking paths is along the inner leaf of an external cavity wall. This may be due to lightweight block construction resulting insufficient mass to prevent noise transference.

Unwanted noise travelling along flanking paths makes the building structure vibrate and this causes the sound to radiate into your room. One solution is to build another wall or ceiling in front of the original, but not connected to it (often called an independent wall or ceiling). APT can help to locate the flanking sound and propose a cost effective design that will pass the sound testing and satisfy Part E of Building Regulations.

For the smaller projects, we undertake a more simplified acoustic design service consisting of a review of the design drawings, such as to floor plans and sections. This usually takes place straight after planning has been approved as increased cost savings can be realised at the earliest stage. We can also undertake sample sound testing if the client is not sure of the existing onsite construction.

We can then evaluate the building design to ensure that it the walls and floors are capable of meeting the acoustic requirements of Approved document E.

Some of the main areas we consider are:

  • There are no potential flanking points, where isolated partitions are wrongly mechanically fixed together to caused noise bridging or the wrong materials have been specified such as lightweight blocks etc.
  • The acoustic treatments for Soil Pipes, Stair Cases Steel Beams etc. to ensure they are acoustically fit for purpose, as these are some of the many areas that get missed.
  • Acoustic floor treatments are compatible with the proposed floor finishes i.e. Carpets, Laminates, Floor Tiles and under floor heating systems.
  • The Lighting specification to, ensure they are acoustically complaint to the overall design i.e. down lighter design etc.

Sound Testing Services
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Promote Your Business during Christmas

Promote Your Business during Christmas

Internet Marketing to Promote Your Business during Christmas
It’s no secret that people in every age group are considerably more tech-savvy than they were a generation ago. Thanks to the Internet, there is virtually no product, service or answer to a question that cannot be tracked down through an online search. What this means for business, all through the year but particularly during Christmas, is that someone out there is looking for your product or service and you need to know how to position yourself favourably online in order to get their attention and, in turn, their business.

Why your business needs a website
Most businesses these days understand the power of the Internet for expanding the firm’s clientele. Businesses that ignore the benefits of having an official website do so at their peril; if you don’t develop the image you present to the world via cyberspace, then any number of online directories with independent reviewers will develop an incomplete one for you. While websites dedicated to rating and reviewing different companies’ products and services are an excellent resource for people who have a need for what your business provides, you don’t want these websites to be a potential client’s only way of knowing what you have to offer.

Developing and maintaining a website not only helps to promote your business; it can often mean the difference between a consumer knowing exactly – and in your words – what your business offers and having to rely entirely on reviews from past customers, some of whom might have given a low rating or negative review simply because your entirely worthy product or service was not the one that suited the negative reviewer’s needs at the time.

The power of SEO
While the majority of both public agencies and private firms understand the importance of a well-designed and regularly updated website as a tool for communicating with current and future clients, not so many have discovered the benefits of search engine optimisation, or SEO, for enhancing their online presence and promoting their products and services. Simply put, SEO entails developing meaningful online content, in the form of general articles, company blog posts and your own web copy, containing keywords and key phrases that potential clients are using to locate companies like yours through online searches.

The more specific your keywords and key phrases, the more prominently your business will appear in search results and the more new customers you will attract as a result. This is especially important as Christmas is approaching, as online shoppers will soon be flooding cyberspace with direct orders for Christmas presents, cards and decorations and seeking information online about where these items may be purchased locally.

It’s also a well-known fact that most people using online search don’t bother clicking beyond the first page of search results, so an effective SEO marketing campaign will include very specific key words and phrases such as “discount Christmas tree ornaments Salisbury” or “gluten-free Christmas desserts Primrose Hill,” just to give two examples that will not likely be lost in the morass of search results yielded by more general key words and phrases.

Direct Submit Internet Marketing Services
Direct Submit Internet Marketing Services has emerged as one of Britain’s leaders in Internet marketing and search engine optimisation services for organisations of all sizes. Direct Submit embraces the philosophy that the most effective SEO campaigns are ethically sound and provide a mutual benefit to both the business and the client seeking your services. For more information on how Direct Submit can help you to improve your bottom line, call us today on 0845 272 2350 or visit the Direct Submit Internet Marketing Services website today.

Office Cleaning Services in Edinburgh

Office Cleaning Services in Edinburgh

Professional Office Cleaning Services in Edinburgh
If you run a small business, then it is important not to underestimate the importance of maintaining a perfectly clean office environment. Visitors and staff have a very strong impression about the sort of company you are running and what it is like to work there based on the standard of cleanliness, especially in a smaller space with relatively few distractions.

Consider these three important reasons for having your office professionally cleaned on a regular basis:

Your Company’s Image.
If you think visitors to your office don’t notice when it’s time to have your windows cleaned, think again. Everyone enjoys a nice view of the city from within a multi-story office building or even from the ground level, and your windows to the world should be perfectly clean for all to enjoy these views. Always be mindful of how such small details influence how current and potential clients view your company!

Happier Staff.
“Neat” is one thing, “clean” is another. No one wants to work in an office with visible dust on the blinds or “permanent” grime on walls or working surfaces. If you are renting office space in an older building, then imperfections such as stains on walls or carpets that appear to be permanent can, in many cases, be removed by a professional office cleaning service. The cleaner and brighter the space, the better your staff will feel about working there and productivity will rise according

Better Productivity.
For many, dust is an allergen and an indoor air pollutant like mould or mildew. If any of your staff feel ill or have respiratory symptoms which clear up upon walking outside, then it is imperative that you seek out a professional cleaning service that can remove these offenders with a thorough cleaning. Ideally, you should have a contract in place with your office cleaning service to prevent any future problems which could lead to decreased productivity due to illness.

The Solution: Complete Cleaning Contracts
Complete Cleaning Contracts is one of the top office cleaners in Edinburgh. We offer comprehensive services for companies large and small and will work with you to meet your exact requirements for maintaining a clean office environment. No job is too big or too small! For more information about our office cleaning services, call us today on call us today on 0131 549 8107 or visit Complete Cleaning Contracts of Edinburgh website and find out how we can help your office environment clean make a great first impression.

Planning To update Your Bathroom

Planning To update Your Bathroom

Planning To update Your Bathroom
Updating your bathroom is an ideal way to give your home a real wow factor whilst also creating an area that is well suited to your lifestyle and needs. A high quality, attractive bathroom is also going to help add value to your home and make it more attractive to prospective buyers, should you ever wish to sell and for some great ideas and inspiration check out the brilliant range of well designed, high quality bathroom products created by Victoria and Albert Bathrooms and Burgbad bathroom furniture.

Whether you want to totally revamp your whole bathroom or just replace certain items, a new bath, basin or fitted furniture can give a tired bathroom a whole new lease of life and provide a really good starting point for any effect you want to create. Once you have decorated, added flooring, curtains and other accessories you will have created a unique space within your home to relax and unwind that really reflects your personal sense of style.

Having an eye-catching bath is a great base for any design, as it is such a focal point of the room and Victoria and Albert Bathrooms offer an excellent range of high quality stylish freestanding baths to suit every taste. Their elegant designs are all made from high quality QUARRYCAST®, a blend of volcanic limestone and high performance resins and they have some fabulous ranges of both modern and traditional styles to choose from, you can also add your own Victoria and Albert taps, shower heads and other accessories to really personalise your tub to suit your needs. Once you have chosen your ideal bath make sure you check out their range of Victoria and Albert hand basins so you can complete your look.

Adding fitted furniture is another ideal way to give your bathroom a well finished and stylish look. Burgbad bathroom furniture has an impressive range of sink units, cabinets, mirrors and other storage solutions to help you turn your bathroom into a clutter free sanctuary, no matter what size your bathroom is. Burgbad bathroom furniture is available in a massive variety of designs so everybody is sure to find something that appeals to them, one thing each design has in common is that is has been made with quality and space in mind, helping you transform your bathroom into a tidy, streamlined and attractive living area.

Bathroom upgrades can be complicated, particularly when undertaking them for the first time for a small bathroom or in an older home, but they needn’t be. With a clear vision of what you want out of the space, you can easily turn a bathroom of any size into one of the most attractive rooms in your house. No matter how much space you have, with a bit of careful planning it is possible to make even the smallest bathroom a tranquil haven that is stylish yet functional asset to your home.

P.T. Ranson Bathrooms
P.T. Ranson has been providing branded bathroom supplies and service for bathroom remodelling projects for years, with over 30 years of collective experience and a commitment to providing the best possible products and service for each individual bathroom remodelling project. They offer deliveries on the UK mainland free of charge and hold a huge stock of modern bathroom and fittings.

For more information, call today on 0191 4696999 or visit the P.T. Ranson website today.

Understanding your Car’s Tyres

Understanding your Car’s Tyres

Understanding your Car’s Tyres
Tyres are one of the most important safety features on your car or vehicle. After all, your tyres are the only thing that connects the car to the road surface, and other technologies such as antilock braking systems and electronic stability controls cannot do their job if the tyres don’t have a good grip on the road surface. Yet tyres are often considered to be one of the least understood components of our vehicles.

As everyone’s driving needs are different, it makes sense that no one single type of tyre is best. Like most things in life, what tyres are the best for you may not be appropriate for another driver.

When replacing your car tyres it pays to speak to a specialist, someone like Tams Tyres of Gateshead who have been supplying high quality, low cost tyres to drivers of all vehicles across Gateshead, Newcastle & the North East. Tams Tyres carry a wide range of leading brand names tyres and after discussing the type of driving you do will be able to offer the very best advice and recommendations as to which tyre to fit to your vehicle. Remember, cheaper quality and poorly manufactured tyres will likely wear out much quicker than good quality tyres, plus can often lead to extended stopping distances and may result in less control during an emergency manoeuvre.

Tyres, like most things in life, can be something of a trade-off. Performance Tyres can often wear out quicker than ‘regular tyres’ – obviously depending on your driving technique and the road conditions, while general road tyres will provide a more comfortable ride but be less agile in the corners. Again, speak to your tyre dealer about any possible trade-offs for the type of tyres you are considering buying.

Most modern cars will come with general all-season tyres fitted. These are great for most people for most conditions, however if you live where it snows a lot, then you may wish to consider buying a set of snow Tyres (sometimes referred to as winter Tyres) and use them throughout the winter months. All-season tyres are designed to handle all weather conditions. Snow / Winter Tyres are designed with one thing in mind: to help you drive more safely and improve road traction when temperatures are low and the roads are covered in snow and ice.

Many drivers will fit a car tyre then forget it. Even allowing for modern tyre reliability and manufacturing methods, this can be a mistake as tyres are NOT maintenance free items! It is estimated that an average tyres will lose around 1 psi of pressure per month so it is a good idea to check your tyre inflation pressures and inspect their general tread condition on a weekly basis. Underinflated tyres can impact upon your cars fuel efficiency, reducing the miles per gallon you achieve – costing you money, and are more likely to suffer a puncture. Remember, you can’t tell the tyre pressure is low just by looking.

So, how can you increase the lifespan of your car tyres? Adopt the following and you could put off having to make a trip to your local tyre dealership for at least a couple of months. Regularly check your tyre pressure and tread condition. This probably won’t involve any more than a couple of minutes, but that time spent checking your tyres could alert you to any problems that might have arisen. Check the surface of the tyres for cracks and odd looking bulges. Try to avoid accelerating to quickly form traffic lights of junctions. Wheel skid may sound good but it’s a great way to quickly wear out your tyres. These alone could prolong the lifespan of your tyres significantly.

It is also important to recognise that there is a legal requirement to maintain your car or other vehicle tyres. Remember, this legal requirement exists to help keep you, other drivers and pedestrians remain safe, and to prevent accidents occurring on the roads.

If you would like a free tyre check and live in the Gateshead or Newcastle area of then call Tam Tyres now on 0191 4604809.

Electroplaters & Metal Finishing Services

Electroplaters & Metal Finishing Services

Electroplaters & Metal Finishers – Hastings Metals
Hastings Metals (UK) are a leading electroplaters and metal finishers located in the UK. With an ever expanding client base, currently in excess of over 200 UK Companies who include many leading organisations in the areas of precision and general engineering, metal fabrication, and electrical and electronic engineering.

Our range of services includes 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 and treatment facilities are available for processing ferrous components including stainless steel, copper and its alloys and aluminium alloys. We have an in-house laboratory for physical and chemical testing and are happy to advise existing and potential customers on any surface finishing issues.

For further information please contact Hastings Metals on 0191 4839213 or visit our electroplaters and metal finishers website.

A New Hairstyle with Ellen Conlin Hair and Beauty

A New Hairstyle with Ellen Conlin Hair and Beauty

A New Hairstyle for your Special Day
The warm days of summer are nearing their end, but that doesn’t mean that wedding season will be slowing down any time soon. If yours will be one of the many weddings taking place across the UK this autumn, then congratulations and best wishes as the next chapter of your life begins!

Planning a wedding can be difficult, to say the least. Just when you think you’ve arranged everything – the venue, the catering, the photographer and the dress – there is still the matter of how your hair will be styled. It is generally a good idea to wait until after you know what style of dress you will be wearing, and whether or not a veil will be part of the ensemble, so that your hairstyle contributes seamlessly to the overall look that you are after.

Whether to change or update your hair colour is also a consideration; in this case, a deep conditioning treatment might also be in order so that your hair will be as sleek and shiny as possible on your wedding day.

Also keep in mind that the hairstyle for your wedding day need not be the same as how you style your hair for your pre-wedding photography session. If your wedding photographer will be on site the day before your wedding and you don’t see the need to be wearing your veil in every single photo, then you will be able to wear your hair however you like and simply make arrangements to have your hair styled – by an experienced stylist – on your wedding day.

Ellen Conlin Hair and Beauty
Ellen Conlin Hair and Beauty offers individualised hair styling and beauty treatments at our two hair salons in Glasgow. We know just how important it is for you to look your best for one of the most emotionally charged – and most photographed – events of your life. Let one of our stylists create a look that will suit make you look and feel your absolute best as you walk down the aisle.

To learn more about this month’s special offers or to book your appointment at the Ellen Conlin Hair and Beauty in Glasgow, or more information about offers available to new and existing clients and to book your appointment, call us today on 0141 339 8223 (Hyndland) or 0141 638 0331 (Giffnock) today and let us help you feel and look great.

Updating Your Bathrooms with a New Shower

Updating Your Bathrooms with a New Shower

Updating Your Bathrooms with a New Shower
Bathroom upgrades are among the most beneficial cost-efficient home projects: they make the space more enjoyable for you and your family in the short term and increase your home’s value in the long run. Before taking on such a major home remodelling project, however, it is important to plan out what you want very carefully, either on your own or with the assistance of your chosen bathroom supplier.

When upgrading small bathrooms, making the best possible use of limited space is key. Fortunately, a wide range of sleek, classic yet modern fixtures are available which will brighten up the space and provide that clean feeling that everyone wants out of a full bathroom – without taking up an inordinate amount of space. Shower cubicles without doors, such as those available from Matki showers, are an effective way to create an attractive, open space in which people will not feel cramped every time they walk in.

These days, another consideration is environmental friendliness. If you’re a homeowner, it’s simply no good to underpay for an average-quality shower head and then be faced with exorbitant water bills each month – especially if you have a family or other people living in the home besides yourself. On the upside, the cost of producing higher-quality, environmentally friendly shower fixtures has come down in recent years, and with “green” products now being more sought-after than ever, they are very likely to fall within the price range of someone seeking to renovate bathrooms of any size and for any number of people. If eco-friendliness and cost savings through increased efficiency are concerns for you, then consider installing a shower head from the product ranges of Fiora showers or Hansgrohe showers.

A final consideration is how the bathroom décor will all come together. While a wide range of shower heads and other bathroom fixtures are available in bright and shiny silver or glossy white or black, it is equally important to your home’s resale value that everything – walls, fixtures and all – fit into the same overall colour scheme. To that end, it is wise to choose a conservative palette of white, off-white, light blue or black for your bathroom walls.

Bathroom upgrades can be complicated, particularly when undertaking them for the first time for a small bathroom or in an older home, but they needn’t be. With a clear vision of what you want out of the space, you can easily turn a bathroom of any size into one of the most attractive rooms in your house.

P.T. Ranson has been providing branded bathroom supplies and service for bathroom remodelling projects for years. With more than 30 years of collective experience and a commitment to providing the best possible products and service for each individual bathroom remodelling project.

When buying online from P.T. Ranson, deliveries on the UK mainland are free of charge. For more information, call today on 0191 4696999 or visit the P.T. Ranson website today.

Planning Your Stag or Hen Party in Newcastle

Planning Your Stag or Hen Party in Newcastle

Planning Your Stag or Hen Party in Newcastle
Spring and summer are the biggest times of the year for weddings, but they will no means be over by the time autumn arrives. If one of your best friends is getting married this autumn, then congrats to your friend and have a wonderful time – and you’ve got work to do.

When planning a stag or hen party, two of the first questions that come to mind are “when” and “how big”? One of the easiest ways to settle both is not to have a stag or hen party but a stag or hen weekend. Having a big blowout weekend within one month of the wedding date is a great way for the bride- and groom-to-be to connect with their mates and have all the fun they can possibly bear to have over two or three days.

The next question, then, is what to do during that weekend. As luck would have it, Newcastle boasts a variety of entertainment options and daytime activities that are perfectly suited to stag parties and hen parties.

Gents: if you and your mates have never been go-karting or quad biking, then an afternoon driving around in the dirt is a great way to let loose and get your stag party in Newcastle underway!

And ladies, have you ever been to a class in seduction and foreplay? If not, then this is a must-do for a hen party in Newcastle, right before you hit the clubs. You might be surprised at just how much there is to learn and practice later on with your special someone!

NE1 Experience is Newcastle’s premier party and event planner specialising in stag and hen parties. Our comprehensive service includes admission and complimentary drinks at some of the best nightclubs in the city as well as hotel accommodations and luxury transport. Let us handle all the important details for your stag or hen party so that the only thing you will have to think about is how much fun you want to have!

For more information about our event packages, call us today on 07740 3000 40 or visit the NE1 Experience Stag & Hen party website today and let us help you enjoy a fabulous stag party in Newcastle.