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Calbron House, Unit 7 Rushmere Close
West Mersea
England UK
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About dB Consultation Ltd

dB Consultation Ltd is a stand alone, non-preferential acoustics, noise and vibration consultancy service provider for over 10 years. dB Consultation are specialists in assessments for planning applications and offer a professional and fully comprehensive service to the following sectors:
  • Housing Developers
  • Architects
  • Businesses
  • Industrial Companies
  • Schools
  • Home Owners

At dB Consultation Ltd, we have many years of experience within the very diverse field of acoustics. We have tackled issues in all industry sectors, ranging from the automotive through to electrical distribution.

Planning Applications
Due to previous employment roles our staff have extensive knowledge of UK planning and have developed into specialists in noise impact assessments for planning applications. We offer professional services to house builders, businesses, retail and individuals who require a smooth passage from inquiry to permission or compliance.

Due to the increase in the quantity of new housing being developed, there is a greater risk of high levels of noise exposure for these new residents when the new homes are built in a noisy environment. The Local Planning Authority will look to the developer to minimize the risk of occupants of new dwellings living with unacceptable levels of internal noise. dB Consultation uses the latest guidance in ProPG and BS 8233, experience, on site noise measurements, computer software and noise modelling to assess the risk from sources such as road, rail, air or commercial activity and ensure guideline internal noise levels will be met.

Architectural Acoustics
At dB Consultation Ltd, we can work with architects in the early stages of any project to ensure that the building works are planned and completed, using the correct materials, correct methods of construction and without using unnecessary plant and equipment in the installation.

We will offer advice on correct building procedures to ensure that Approved Document E guidelines are met and adhered to with respect to new build homes.

Architectural Acoustics from Plan
From a ''noise'' point of view, this can be split into 3 categories;
  • New Build Homes incorporating variations to ''Standard Approved Detail'',
  • New Build Homes without using ''Standard Approved Detail'', and
  • New Build Eco Design housing, exceeding the required "Standard Approved Detail" levels.

Without using Standard Approved Detail, pre completion testing is required to prove that the noise insulation is capable of reducing the noise transfer from one living space to another. This testing would be carried out through party walls and party ceilings.

dB Consultation - Pre Completion Testing
In 2003, the Building Regulations changed with the introduction of mandatory testing of 10% of all new attached properties, whether they are new build, conversions, or rooms for residential purposes.

Developers must now supply the Building Control Body (BCB) with test certificates, proving that the new properties comply with the requirements as detailed in Approved Document E. All testing is in full compliance of BS EN ISO 140-4:1998 and BS EN ISO 140-7:1998.

New Build Housing Utilising Standard Approved Detail
When developing new build houses, the builder has the option of using standard approved section details or building from plan. At dB Consultation we can give advice on the use and limitations of use on standard details. By using standard section detail, the need for pre completion testing may be removed.
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BS 5228 - Construction Noise And Vibration
It is fairly common that local authorities would give planning permission on the proviso that BS5228 is adhered to during the construction phase of any development.

This is more often the case in quiet residential areas due to the construction noise being more apparent.

The noise impact survey would be undertaken with an initial study around the proposed construction site, giving a benchmark maximum noise level to which the contractor would have to comply.



Sam Riley Joins dBC

Sam Riley has joined dBC as an Acoustic Consultant on a part-time basis. Moving forward, Sam will combine roles of a Local Authority Officer and Consultant. Sam has vast experience in planning applications and noise impact assessment and is keen to gain more experience in Building Acoustics and Noise at Work Surveys. dBC wishes Sam all the best in her new role as she embarks on the next part of her career.
Mick Lane Joins dBC

Mick Lane formerly of ESG, joined dBC as a Consultant in June 2016.

Mick is a practicing acoustician for 12 years. He brings with him expertise in Building and Environmental Acoustics.

Mick holds a post-graduate diploma in Acoustics and Noise Control and holds full Membership of the Institute of Acoustics (MIOA).

Mick has worked in most industrial sectors including Construction, Power Distribution, Road and Rail Transport, Food, Aggregates and Automotive. He brings a wealth of knowledge to dBC especially on planning applications and noise control issues.

dBC is looking forward to a great new working relationship with Mick.

Products & Services

Planning Applications

Noise Impact Assessment

Environmental Noise Assessment

Building Acoustics

Acoustic Consultancy

Noise at Work/Workplace Assessment

Noise Survey

Acoustics in Schools

Healthcare and Acoustics

Acoustic Design

Sound Insulation/Air Tightness Testing

Noise Control

Vibration Survey


Name Role Email Telephone
Mick Lane Acoustic Consultant 07794 489784
Danny Blacklock Managing Director/ Senior Consultant
Sam Riley Acoustic Consultant
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