Finding the Perfect Wedding Dress in Newcastle

Finding the Perfect Wedding Dress
Choosing the perfect dress for your wedding is no easy decision, finding something that you love and that you feel great in can sometimes be a long and difficult process, especially if you all the stores that you have visited have limited stock. If you are finding it hard to find the perfect wedding dress in the North East or are starting out on your search and want to save yourself hours of tailing round different shops, why not take a look at some of the fabulous wedding dresses and bridal wear available at Just The Way You Are where they have one of the biggest ranges of wedding dresses available within Newcastle.

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The Perfect Wedding Dress
With such a wide variety of dresses in stock from a great range of carefully selected designers at Just The Way You Are you are sure to find something that is absolutely perfect no matter what your tastes, shape or size and with many coordinating accessories available as well, you will be able to find everything you need to complete the look and look your absolute best when the big day arrives. Regardless of the style you are hoping to achieve with so many beautiful and high quality items of bridal wear available you can rely on Just The Way You Are to help you get it right.

At Just The Way You Are they offer you the opportunity to book a full two hour session where you can visit their stylish boutique with a few family members or friends and take a look at the dresses in total privacy. You will be greeted with refreshments on arrival by a member of their friendly team and be able to discuss all your requirements, they will then find a selection of dresses for you to try and find you more selections based on your feedback until you are sure that you have found a wedding dress you are completely happy with. With such excellent service and an impressive variety of stock why not take a look at what they have to offer at Just The Way You Are they might just have your dream dress in stock today!

Just the Way You Are Bridal Wear
So if you are planning a wedding soon and are still looking  for the perfect bridal wear why not take a trip to Newcastle Upon Tyne and find out what’s on offer at Just The Way You Are where you are sure to be impressed with the dresses and top quality services available.

Based in a beautiful and stylish boutique where you can try on dresses in privacy and comfort along with your closest family and friends you can be certain of a wedding dress shopping experience that is really worth remembering.

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

Planning to Remodel Your Bathroom

Planning to Remodel Your Bathroom
Updating to update or remodel 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. Should you need access to some great ideas and inspiration check out the brilliant range of well designed, high quality bathroom products created by Imperial Bathrooms and Vitra Bathrooms – both on display in the PT Ranson designer bathrooms website.

vitrabathroomsWhether you want to totally revamp your whole bathroom or just replace certain items, a new bath, basin, new bathroom taps 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, and designer bathroom taps and fittings can help a great deal to lift a tired bathroom. 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.

An Eye Catching Bathroom
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.

Bathroom furniture and fittings such as those offered by Crosswater taps and bathrooms are available in a wide 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.

Planning your Bathroom Remodel
A bathroom remodel is a major investment in your home, after all, and we want you to be certain that the sum you invest today will result in a new look for your bathroom that you will love for years to come and that will leave you in a good position to sell if you ever decide to do so.

P.T. Ranson carries a wide range of products for luxury bathroom upgrades, including Matki showers, Hansgrohe showers and much more. No matter the size of the space you’re working with, our consultants can help you with a design that includes fixtures and features to suit the current dimensions of your bathroom.

Having been providing branded bathroom supplies and service for bathroom remodelling projects for years, and with over 30 years of collective experience and a commitment to providing the best possible products and service for each individual bathroom remodelling project. P.T. Ranson, 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.

London Sound Testing Services

Sound Testing Services for London
London is a massive UK city containing over 5 million properties. In this overcrowded environment it is essential that noise transference between properties in kept to an absolute minimum for the occupant’s wellbeing. APT Sound Testing Services undertake UKAS accredited Part E sound testing throughout London and the UK. We have extensive knowledge regarding the way different materials and construction methods can influence the results of a sound test, to ensure your company achieves complies with Sound Testing Regulations Part E.

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Pre completion sound testing under part E has been a mandatory requirement since July 2003. All new build properties and conversions which were built after this date require 10% of each party wall/floor construction type to be tested. Sound Testing is to be carried out between pairs of rooms separated by party walls or floors. In usual circumstances the room/s to be sound tested will be the living rooms and bedrooms, which are classed as the two main habitable rooms.

The sound test procedure involves setting up a noise source in a room on one side of the party wall or floor and measuring the noise on both sides of the partition.

Airborne sound tests may also be required between horizontally and vertically separated pairs of rooms. The sound tests are undertaken by using a sound source, amplifier and loudspeaker to generate a high noise level in one room (the source room). Noise measurements are then taken in both the source and receiver rooms using a prescribed number of source and microphone positions. The background levels in the receiver room are measured and the reverberation time in the receiver room is also measured. From the results, the airborne sound insulation (DnT,w + Ctr) is calculated and compared to the requirements of Approved Document E.

For vertically separated rooms, an Impact sound test may also be required. This sound test is undertaken using a tapping machine which drops a series of weights onto the floor of the upper room. The noise level in the lower (receiver) room is measured for a prescribed number of source and microphone locations. The background levels in the receiver room are measured and the reverberation time in the receiver room is also measured. From the results, the impact sound insulation (LnT,w) is calculated and compared to the requirements of Approved Document E.

UKAS Accredited Sound Testing in London
Our sound test engineers carry all the latest Norsonic equipment, which are class one rating and all of our acoustic testing/sound testing, is completed to a strict quality controlled standard. We provide full UKAS Accredited sound testing.

Pre-completion sound testing is generally carried out at the request of the Building Control Officer. The guidance contained within Approved Document E gives detailed recommendations for the partitions to be tested and for the number of sound tests that should be carried out. We recommend that the proposed sound testing is agreed in advance with the Building Control Officer prior to the London sound testing.

We can undertake both acoustic airborne sound testing to allow for speech, television etc, and impact sound testing to allow for footfall etc. This is in accordance with the requirements of Approved Document E of The Building Regulations and the relevant European and International standards.

The testing methods for airborne and impact sound insulation testing in London are in full accordance with: the suggested methods presented in BS EN ISO 140-parts 4 and 7: 1998.

If you are in the construction stage of a new project and are not sure if your design will pass the building regulations then visit our Sound Testing Services website and we will check your acoustic design and offer advice (if required) for the wall or/and floor partitions. Alternatively if you require sound testing for your London project please contact us now on 01525 303905.

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.

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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.

 

 

 

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.

Floor and Wall Tiles for the Kitchen & Bathroom

Floor and Wall Tiles for the Kitchen & Bathroom
If you want to add some tiles to your new kitchen or bathroom to really complete the look, or want to create a new fresh style without having more extensive work carried out take a look at the fantastic range of tiles available at Wall and Floor Tiles Limited.  With one of the most extensive collections of wall and floor tiles for the kitchen and bathroom in the North East of England you can be certain that no matter what you are looking for you are sure to find some great tiles that are completely suited to your tastes.

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With so many different styles, shapes, colours and designs to choose from you will find yourself spoilt for choice regardless of what overall look you are aiming to achieve in your bathroom, with many ranges including matching or complimenting floor and wall tiles within their range its simple to design a look for your kitchen or bathroom that is coordinated and stylish in no time at all. Whether you are looking for high end designer tiles to create a real wow factor, a budget range that is still attractive and high quality or something in between you can be sure with so many options available you are guaranteed to find something that fits your needs and budget perfectly.

Adding good quality kitchen wall and floor tiles is an excellent way to improve the overall look of any kitchen and is an ideal way to guard against lasting damage from spillages to paintwork, wall coverings and flooring. As tiles are far more long lasting and easy to keep clean than other types of flooring such as lino having really good quality floor tiles in your kitchen is a really worthwhile investment and will make sure your kitchen stays looking great for years to come.  Take a look at some of the excellent kitchen wall and floor tiles on offer at Wall and Floor tiles Limited where you will find plenty of inspiration for your kitchen.

A well tiled bathroom is far less likely to suffer with problems such as damp and water damage at Wall and Floor Tiles Limited they have an excellent variety of bathroom wall and floor tiles in a wide choice of colours and styles. Having a bathroom that has been completely tiled with coordinating wall and floor tiles is an excellent way to add a touch of luxury to even the smallest bathroom, why not check out some of the beautiful designs available and see how you could transform your bathroom in no time at all.  Why not also browse their excellent selection of mosaic wall tiles and consider creating your very own feature wall?

With over ten years experience in the tile industry at Wall and Floor Tile Limited they know how to offer top quality customer service every time. With a great measuring service on offer, delivery options, helpful and friendly staff and large, well presented showrooms you can be certain they will always do everything they can to ensure that you leave totally happy with the service and any decisions that you have made.

So if you are looking for some high quality kitchen or bathroom floor and wall tiles why not Call 0191 276 7888 (Newcastle showroom) or 0191 417 0222 (Washington showroom) or visit the Wall and Floor Tile website today, where you are sure to be pleasantly surprised with the wide range of choices available.

Considering a New Bathroom for 2016

Considering a New Bathroom for 2016
If you would like to start 2016 with a fresh new look to your bathroom why not take a look at some of the high quality and stylish bathroom furniture, suites, fixtures and other accessories available at P T Ranson?

With a great range of products  from a variety of excellent manufacturers including Imperial Bathrooms, Victoria and Albert Bathrooms and Matki Showers  you will be sure to find everything you need to create a relaxing and attractive bathroom that is completely suited to you and your family’s needs.   No matter whether you are hoping to create a glamorous haven that is fit for royalty or simply want to make a small or badly organised bathroom into a functional and streamlined area that is far more suited to your lifestyle you will be sure to find endless inspiration at P T Ranson.

If you are hoping to make you bathroom into an elegant and more traditional space it’s definitely worth taking a look at some of the beautiful designs by Imperial Bathrooms on display at P T Ranson, with products including toilets, basins, baths and many other items to help you completely transform your bathroom. At Imperial Bathrooms they always aim to bring classic design together with the efficiency of modern technology, so you can be sure that any item you by will be created to the highest possible standards of performance while giving your bathroom a really touch of class, and with materials used including solid wood, cast brass and the highest quality ceramic you can be certain that your bathroom will stay looking great for years to come.

Adding a freestanding tub is a great way to add a real touch of glamour to your bathroom and make into a real feature within your home, along with giving you the ideal place to relax and unwind. If you want to create a real wow factor in your bathroom getting one of the featured Victoria and Albert Bathrooms freestanding bathtubs could be the ideal solution.  With an impressive range of different designs available including traditional and more modern designs you are sure to find the ideal tub to complement any bath room, and with a great range of coordinating items available including basins, taps and other fixture its simple to create the luxurious bathroom of your dreams.  With all products being created using the revolutionary Quarry cast you can be sure that whatever product you choose it will be sure to durable and long lasting.

Having a high performance, luxury shower unit is an ideal way to make the most of a small space and still be able to create an indulgent area where you can really relax, it is also a great additional extra if you want to have the best of both worlds and are lucky enough to have the space.

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Matki Showers
At P T Ranson they have some excellent products from Matki Showers that includes everything you need to create the perfect shower for your bathroom whether you are planning on having a separate cubicle, wet room or one that simply sits over your bath.  With many original and high quality items on offer including high performance showers, screens, trays and many other items in a wide variety of stylish designs you are sure to find the ideal shower for any bathroom.

So why not head over to P T Ranson bathrooms and start planning what you could do with your bathroom this year?  With so many unique and high performance products on offer from some top bathroom design companies you can be sure that you won’t be disappointed.

BREEAM Thermography Surveys In London

BREEAM Thermography Surveys In London
Infrared Thermography is non-invasive, non-contact and hence non-destructive. It can be used to scan large areas quickly – such as large warehouses) and identify anomalies such as defective insulation or areas of dampness and trace and record paths in a way that other methods cannot.

Carrying out a BREEAM Thermography Survey in London can be a cost effective way of gaining that often much needed credit. Thermographic Surveys can diagnose problems after
the building envelope is complete. Thermographic Surveys can be carried out before and after work is completed to show improvement in the building envelope. Non-intrusive and large areas can be surveyed in a relatively short period of time. Thermography is a powerful tool for clients to check the performance of the building envelope.

Thermography is a type of photography which is based on infrared wavelengths (as opposed to visible wavelengths). Conventional photography relies on reflected energy from a light source, whether it’s artificial lighting or the sun, which is visible to our eyes. Thermal imaging relies on radiated energy in the infrared (IR) spectrum which cannot be seen by our eyes. All objects emit radiation energy within the IR spectrum and this IR radiation can and does vary depending on the temperature of that object.

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Thermal Imaging
As we cannot see the infrared (IR) spectrum with our eyes, we need to use a device which can detect the “invisible” energy. A thermal imaging camera can do this. The camera builds a pixelated image (much like a normal camera) of the IR radiation which allows us to “see” and measure the apparent temperature of the surface.

Ascertaining the surface temperature of a building helps our thermography engineers  to decipher what is actually being detected, such as missing insulation, thermal bridging and other building heat loss aspects.  We can also detect objects which contain moisture using different thermographic techniques.

Building thermography is usually a qualitative methodology, that’s means we look at temperature comparisons rather than absolute temperatures. Therefore, thermal images are often used with the temperature scale removed, as it’s more important to highlight the anomalies, patterns and relative temperatures. The anomalies show up by using high contrast colours. The colour scale shows relatively cold as black/purple/blue through to relatively hot as yellow/red/white.

When used in conjunction with other diagnostic tools such as air tightness testing thermography can be a very quick tool to highlight air leakage paths so targeted air sealing can be undertaken to improve the air tightness of buildings, thus lowering heating bills and your carbon footprint. Air Pressure Testing has ascertained the thermal performance of many types of building. APT conduct infrared surveys on commercial and residential buildings as well as listed buildings to the latest high performance Passivhaus structures.

Our main clients that require Thermography Survey in London are main contractors, developers, architects, engineers, building control facility management companies and councils and many others to verify new building performance, help drive refurbishment programs, gain BREEAM points and improve building performance and comfort.

Thermography Survey for BREEAM
Conducting a BREEAM thermographic survey can be one of the easiest and cost effective ways to generate BREEAM credits. Thermographic surveys are now a feature of BREEAM the environmental assessment method and rating system for commercial and domestic buildings. We have undertaken a large amount of thermographic surveys in compliance with the latest BREEAM schemes in London. We also work proactively with clients to ensure a successful outcome.

BREEAM New Construction and BREEAM 2012 Domestic Refurbishment award credits for thermography surveys carried out by a Level 2 certified thermography engineer. The way each scheme works with respect to awarding points for thermography is slightly different.  The very latest BREEAM 2014 UK New Construction scheme provides BREEAM credits for thermographic surveys but is in a slightly different way. A quick summary is below:

BREEAM  2011 Scheme for New Construction.
This new BREEAM technical guide describes an environmental performance standard against which new, non-domestic buildings in the UK can be assessed, rated and certified. It grants 1 BREEAM credit for a BREEAM thermographic survey in London as part of Man 01 Sustainable Procurement and states the following:

1. The main contractor accounts for a thermographic survey within the project budget and programme of works.
2. Once construction is complete a thermographic survey of the building fabric is undertaken in accordance with the appropriate standard and by a professional holding a valid Level 2 certificate in thermography.
3. The survey confirms:
a. Continuity of insulation in accordance with the construction drawings
b. Avoidance of excessive thermal bridging
c. Avoidance of air leakage paths through the fabric (except through intentional openings)
d. Any defects identified via the post construction inspections are rectified

The BREEAM UK New Construction 2014 Scheme describes an environmental performance standard against which new, non-domestic buildings in the UK can be assessed and achieve a BREEAM New Construction rating. Of the 4 credits available in Man 04 Commissioning and Handover, 1 BREEAM credit is available for Testing and Inspecting Building Fabric through post construction testing and inspection.

The integrity of the building fabric is accessed and assured through the undertaking of a thermographic survey as well as an airtightness test, Air pressure Testing has engineers that are hold Level 3 certification and we are UKAS accredited for Air Tightness Testing.

We have extensive experience of assessing thermal performance of many types of building. We conduct London infrared surveys on large commercial buildings such as schools and residential buildings such as blocks of flats.  Our main clients are architects, main contractors, developers, building control to verify new building performance and improve building comfort.

Infrared Thermography Surveys on Building Envelopes are incredibly useful as it provides the most rapid means to identify unintentional air leakage pathways in a building envelope.

The benefits of infrared thermography in this context are:
a. Air leakage pathways within a completed construction can be identified and     rectified prior to air permeability tests, reducing the risk of repeat testing being required.
b. Depending upon the nature of the construction, even a building that meets or exceeds air tightness requirements may still be at risk of deterioration due to air leakage and subsequent condensation. Identifying where air leakage is occurring can be critical.
c. Air leakage pathways can often indicate rainwater ingress pathways adding to the potential benefits of an infrared survey.

If you would like more information in regards to BREEAM Thermography Surveys in London, please contact us now on 07775 623464 or visti the APT Sound Testing website today.

Made-to-Measure Blinds Keep Homes Cooler in Summer

Made-to-Measure Blinds Keep Homes Cooler in Summer
Summer weather will hopefully soon be on its way to the UK, and that means it’s time for smart homeowners and flat dwellers to make sure they are doing everything they can to keep their homes as cool as possible this summer.

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According to the Energy Saving Trust, most people can expect to save anywhere from £10 to £50 per year on their utility bills simply by draught-proofing around windows and exterior doors. Those with a bigger budget might consider having double-glazed windows installed, but for many, this is simply too much of an undertaking both financially and logistically.

Yet another way to keep your home cool in the summer is simply by ordering made-to-measure blinds for the windows and exterior doors which provide superior coverage and insulation compared to most models available in home improvement stores.

When it comes to keeping the home cooler in the summer, the benefits of made-to-measure blinds are twofold: darker colours will block out more sunlight, and made-to-measure blinds will cover the windows and doors more completely, allowing fewer rays of sunlight to enter through cracks or around the edges of blinds. Types of blinds that one might consider for this purpose include pleated blinds and blinds which are custom built to fit the window with their own frame. Many excellent models are available which do not require drilling into your existing windows or otherwise voiding the warranty, so if you do already have plans to install replacement windows, then custom blinds would be ideal!

The Beautiful Blind Company
The Beautiful Blind Company has been installing made-to-measure blinds in homes and offices in the Northeast for many years. Our Redcar-based installers provide an excellent service and will install our Perfect Fit blinds, or any other blinds you might select from our range of products, to meet your exact requirements.

For more information on how we can help you improve energy efficiency and keep your home comfortably cool all summer long, call us today on 01642 688049 or visit the Beautiful Blind Company website today.

Designing for Sound Testing in London

DESIGNING FOR SOUND TESTING IN LONDON

Initial Design Review
The initial stage of our acoustic design services is to review the design details to check that the construction details proposed are capable of passing the sound testing in London in-line with Part E of Building Regulations. This usually takes place straight after planning has been approved, so the increased cost savings can be realised at the earliest stage.

We can then evaluate the construction methods and materials specified to ensure that they are capable of meeting the acoustic requirements of Approved document E. The typical areas we check are:

a. The walls and floors design are acoustically robust, to comply with Building Regulations Part E.
b. There are no flanking points, where isolated partitions are wrongly mechanically fixed together to caused noise bridging.
c. 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.
d. The Lighting specification to, ensure they are acoustically complaint to the overall design i.e. down lighter design etc.
e. Acoustic floor treatments are compatible with the proposed floor finishes i.e. Carpets, Laminates, Floor Tiles and under floor heating systems.

Site Visits in London
During early design and construction process, we can visit site throughout London to conduct a comprehensive acoustic design survey and review, we also take this opportunity to meet; where possible, the site/project manager, architects etc. as they often raise concerns about certain aspects of the build which can be very beneficial in locating potential problem area.

We assess the most cost effective method of converting the property to ensure it passes the London sound test. Our proactive acoustic design service, takes into account the build-ability, programme time and material cost. We ensure the relevant parties are fully aware of the installation detail required, highlighting possible ‘onsite’ construction problems and their prevention to achieve a successful installation and building sign off.

Ongoing Site Support throughout London
Once APT Sound Testing has completed the acoustic design report our services don’t finish there. We provide the site team with on-going design support. You will have direct contact with the allocated acoustician from the start of the acoustic design process through to the successful completion of the project.

Once the part of the building is completed we can undertake sample sound testing to ensure the design and onsite construction methods are sufficient to achieve Part E sound testing In London compliance.

Defect Diagnosis & Remedial Advice
Occasionally we get involved in project’s that has failed Part E Sound Testing in London, even though we weren’t involved in the acoustic design of the project. Often it is due to the inclusion of inadequate materials or the exclusion of the necessary materials.

With over 20 years’ experience in building acoustics, we are able to diagnose the reasons for the sound test failure and recommend a cost-effective solution. Often, the reasons for the partition failure are obvious to the test engineer, in which case the amount of advice will be minimal and subsequently the costs will be lower. Sometimes, there are more technical issues which require detailed diagnosis and invasive investigation and sample sound testing, such as a serious design fault, e.g. the use of lightweight blocks throughout the inner envelope wall on a block of flats.

Whatever the problem APT Sound Testing can usually find an acoustic solution that will provide a sufficient acoustic design to satisfy Part E of Building Regulations. If you have a sound test failure then get in touch with us as soon as possible as we should be able to offer you an expedient solution, to help you to achieve practical completion, minimising potential delays.

Sample Sound Testing In London
If the building is being subdivided into new apartments then the walls between apartments will need to be sound tested in-line with Part E for Converted Dwellings. In this instance we can undertake sample sound testing in London, on walls and floors to check the existing sound insulation performance.  We have considerable experience in all matters related to architectural acoustic design and detailing. We can help develop the initial acoustic design from the initial design scheme stage right through to the pre-completion sound testing. Our approach is robust and does not leave any room for errors using our In-depth knowledge of acoustic materials, construction systems and Regulations we can provide the following:

a. Sample sound testing to identify the acoustic performance of the existing building to allow for targeted acoustic upgrades.
b. Acoustic testing of existing wall façades to ISO 140-5, to check the existing sound levels so new targeted wall upgrades can be specified.
c. Provision of cost-effective and practical acoustic solutions
d. Thorough understanding of the desired character of the space
e. Specification of External Building Fabric and including walls, doors and windows in order to minimise noise break-in, or break-out for privacy and overall acoustic quality

Required Sound Levels To Pass Part E.
Basically, for new build properties you need to achieve 45dB or higher for airborne wall and floor sound tests and 62dB for Impact sound tests. For Converted properties the levels are slightly easier to achieve with 43dB for airborne wall and floor sound testing and 64dB for impact sound testing in London.

Do I Need To Carry Out Sound Testing in London?
Building Regulations Part E require that builders demonstrate the sound insulation performance of separating walls/floors in new-build dwellings and/or converted dwellings or rooms for residential purposes (as well as those newly formed by a material change of use).

This applies when separate dwellings are attached via a common partition not exclusively used by the same occupants. The only way to satisfy the relevant compliance with building regulations is to undertake sound testing in London.

The regulations set minimum performance requirements for sound insulation between spaces, as to provide reasonable conditions for living. Performance can be demonstrated either by sound testing a sample of as-built constructions/properties.

Pre-completion sound insulation testing may also be required in non-residential buildings such as schools, hospitals, workplaces, where the as built acoustic performance needs to be demonstrated to ensure noise sensitive areas (e.g. classrooms, wards, meeting rooms) are suitably insulated from noisier areas or to comply with BB93 & BREEAM requirements.

If you would like more information in regards to our acoustic design services and sound testing services in London, please contact us on 01525 303905 or visit our website at: www.aptsoundtesting.co.uk

Update Your Bathroom in 2016

Planning to update Your Bathroom in 2016
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.  P.T. Ranson, 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.