Office Acoustic Design

Office Acoustics  

Offices can be noisy places, and this can have a negative impact on employee productivity. When working in an open plan office, there are several different problems to contend with. Such as, speech, telephones, ventilation systems, external sources, footsteps, appliance and artificial masking. Therefore, making it difficult for employees to concentrate and communicate. This is why office acoustics is becoming increasingly recognised as an important part of the design process. 

Speech privacy and intelligibility can also be office problem where rooms have not been designed with acoustics in mind. For example, in meeting, interview or consultancy rooms, where conversations must remain private. Or, in conference rooms where high speech intelligibility is needed. 

A common problem is poor sound insulation between offices. Where internal wall partitions have gaps at either the top and/or bottom which causes excessive flanking. This allows airborne sound to travel through the gaps.  

Purpose of Office Space 

When looking at the office acoustics, we need to understand the intended purpose of the room. As this will determine the acoustic design criteria for the room. There may also be more than one purpose for rooms and offices. Therefore, when looking at the acoustic design of an office, it could cover a range of issues, including: 

  • Areas that are quiet, suitable for concentration and discussions. 
  • Confidentiality or speech privacy from other areas.  
  • High speech clarity for conferencing. 
  • The ability to mask the conversation of others. 

How Sound Solution Consultants Can Help 

Our expert consultants have years of experience in office acoustics and have worked with businesses of all sizes. On a variety of projects requiring tailored solutions. We pride ourselves on putting our clients first, finding the right solution and avoiding unnecessary costs. 

We can help with the planning and designing stage of new office builds. Which is often the most cost-effective way. We can identify all areas where acoustic treatments will be required and advise on the best way to install for the maximum benefit.  

Furthermore, we can advise on existing offices. Providing sound tests, diagnosis and remedial guidance to improve the issue to a manageable level. While always minimising costs. 

Acoustic Design  

Sound Solution Consultants (SSC) can work alongside your team of architects, builders and developers to create an office that is pleasing on the eye. As well as, being acoustically compliant. Therefore, providing a productive working environment for your employees.  

 We have acoustic modelling software that will help us to evaluate the internal sound levels within an open plan office building. So, that the placement of acoustic screens and absorption can be optimised.  

When assessing office acoustics, we refer to range of guidance:  

  • Indoor ambient noise criteria and sound insulation for offices. 
  • BREEAM UK New Construction Non-domestic buildings Technical Manual (2014). 
  • The British Standard BS 8233:2014 Sound Insulation and noise reduction from buildings. 
  • The British Council for Offices Guide to Specification (BCO, 2014). 

Testing & Validation   

SSC can provide testing and validation services for office buildings. As well as diagnosis and remedial guidance. 

  • Sound Insulation (UKAS accredited). 
  • Reverberation (UKAS accredited). 
  • Noise levels from mechanical and electrical services. 
  • Intrusive noise. 
  • Speech Transmission Index (STI). 

For medium and large office spaces, SSC are also able to complete field testing and validation to BS EN ISO 3382-3:2012 Acoustics — Measurement of room acoustic parameters Part 3: Open plan offices. 

Acoustic Materials 

We also provide acoustic materials at very competitive prices. SSC give free and impartial advice. If you need any assistance on the best sound proofing products to choose for your project. Give our team a call and they will be more than happy to help. 

Absorption panels  

Acoustic Flooring 

Ceiling products 

Thermal & Acoustic Installation 

 

Need advice? 

If you require advice on any of our office acoustic services. You can Call uscomplete our ‘Request a Call Back Form’ or drop us an email at [email protected] . Our professional and knowledgeable team are here to help.  

Want to know more about the team? Why not take a peek at our ‘Meet the Team’ page.  

Why work with us?

  • Established since 2004
  • Friendly, Professional & Knowledgeable Consultants
  • Competitive Pricing & High-Quality Services
  • Maximum 7 Working Day Promise on Sound Testing*
  • Free Advice for Sound Test Failures**
  • Quick Turnaround on Material Deliveries
  • UKAS Accredited
  • We Work Across the Whole of the UK
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What our clients say

I just wanted to say a huge thank you to you and your team for all the extra help you have given me in dealing with my rather sensitive issue of noise transmission to my downstairs neighbour. It has been invaluable. In recognition, I have made a £50 donation to the charity: Action on Hearing Loss.

Jodi Riches - Client

Have worked with Sound Solution for the last 7 years and have found them to be very professional and excellent at their work. Always happy to provide me with advice pre and post purchasing new buildings and during development projects. We have worked on various scale of projects and so far have found nothing that phases them. The reports are well written, clear and easy to follow. A great asset to our extended team.

Sanjeev Bhamm, Pelham Associates

We are delighted to work with SCC Ltd in resolving the ever more complex requirements for careful acoustic design. Their knowledge coupled with a helpful approach assists us in delivering tailored solutions which fit within our design constraints.

Chris Parsons, Parsons Whittley

We have been working with Sound Solutions for a few years now, as they offer a professional and consistent service. They are always happy to respond to site-based questions and are quick to reply to emails and phone calls. It is reassuring to our clients that they provide both the specification prior to construction and test on completion.

Ben Harvey - Architect, Liam Russell Architects

We have worked with Mark and the team at Sound Solutions for many years and have always been very happy with their professional service and first-rate advice. I have personally recommended them to many other clients.