dBA Acoustics Survey and Consultancy



" David worked with us to provide practicable mitigations to balance the needs of the listed building and the requirements of the LA and regulations etc. Making contact was easy and David was able to attend at short notice and attend when most appropriate - for instance at weekends and evenings to measure sound at busier times. Reports were thorough and delivered quickly. "
- Tom Jackson - Bury St Edmunds

" Just wanted to add as well David that I have been thoroughly impressed with your service on this one and will be recommending you to my wider team for any other future requirements we might have.......Much appreciated and will hope to work with you again in future. "
- Guy Davies, Senior Associate - Building Consultancy Group, RAPLEYS LLP

" ...There just aren't enough highly skilled professionals around that also provide value for money, particularly those that work in property/construction related industries. David handled every question, email, call with patience and consideration. Needless to say I'll never purchase or rent a property again without first consulting David and I feel very pleased to have found him... "
- Sisu Berhane, Archway, London

" I have worked with David over the years on a number of complex, time critical and high value projects. David has proven without a doubt to be an expert in his field and I would not hesitate in working with him again on future projects "
- Iain Jee, Head of Operations, Neptune Investment Management

" dB(A) Acoustics produced an acoustic assessment for a dance school planning application (Sept 2019). We worked with David, whose response to our enquiries was timely and he talked us through our requirements to ensure that we were taking the best approach. Their rates were also highly competitive for the services offered. We were dealing with a particularly militant planning authority that demanded a lot of detailed (in hindsight, disproportionate) information to support our application. David met these challenges head-on and supported us to address the council's concerns with the project. I'm pleased to say that we got a positive result and dB(A) Acoustic's work was instrumental to this. I recommend them wholeheartedly! "
- Liam N, Bromley

" We engaged dBA to perform a Noise Impact Assessment of a Temporary Chiller Installation.
David attended speedily, understood the requirement and carried out the assessment to a high standard. He subsequently produced a report that was very well presented and easy to understand. We would certainly use dBA again for similar projects "

- Tony Jackman, Head of Technical Services, Jaguar Building Services

" I was in desperate need of good sound-proofing for my surgery; this had
always been a problem, especially with patient confidentiality; we even had
to limit the number of patients in the building such that nothing could be
overheard. I consulted Mr Fernleigh; he covered all aspects of building
acoustics, outlining the structural "leaks". Everything was clearly
explained, even to a layman such as I. I received a detailed report and
was able to instruct my builder accordingly. The sound-proofing measures
have been excellent. I will most definitely be using Mr Fernleigh again on our next
surgery project; I cannot recommend him highly enough "

- Dr Simon Crawley, Rosewood Clinic, Surrey

“ dBA Acoustics has just completed an acoustic survey for a Central London residential project, testing proposed floor coverings for a penthouse apartment. David liaised with downstairs’ neighbours, the freeholder’s surveyor, our main contractor & client. In all dealings, David was both utterly professional & completely amenable. He produced a comprehensive & unbiased acoustic report which has been invaluable in pushing this job forward. We would have no hesitation in contacting dBA Acoustics again for future contracts ”
- Alison Kan, Architect, London

“ Following the refurbishment of our flat, we needed a sound impact assessment carried out in order to obtain the end-of-work certification. We contacted dBA Acoustics for this. From our initial phone conversation and throughout the process we were impressed with David’s professionalism and expertise. He was very pleasant and patiently answered our questions offering helpful and detailed advice. The assessment and subsequent reporting were completed on time and efficiently. In summary, we highly recommend dBA Acoustics for its excellent service and competitive price ”
- Amir, Resident, Richmond upon Thames

“ We have been absolutely delighted with the quality and speed of David's acoustic design services. These have been applied to the refurbishment of a first floor1860's apartment in London, where we were trying to achieve acoustic isolation between ourselves and our neighbours above and below. This was not an easy task, particularly as we were trying to approximate Part E of the current Building Regulations - not easy in a 160year old building. The most impressive part of David's service has been the patience he has displayed in answering follow-up queries on site, and in supervising work on site, to achieve this standard. We have no hesitation in recommending David's services "
- Jonathan and Kaye, Residents, Blackheath, London

“ Dear David, we really appreciate your hard work and attention to our flooring acoustics inquiry. We were very happy with your help and will recommend your expert firm to anyone seeking your professional services. "
- Michael Magdo, Resident, Maida Vale, London


- Perhaps the commercial condensers shown below are too close to the adjacent 1st floor residential windows? In fact the condensers pre existed the 1st floor residential development that proceeded under permitted development without going through the scrutiny a full planning application would require, leading to a considerable mitigation problem for the ground floor commercial tenant who is responsible the equipment. The Developer did not take the potential for condenser noise into consideration as the commercial unit was vacant at the time of the residential development:

Testimonials/Blog. Plant

- Double sets of security gates at a project at a Police facility, there was no leaving/arriving this location in a hurry:

Testimonials/Blog. Gates

- Using a impact hammer to help quantify the transfer function from a double height basement to the residential dwellings located on the floors above:

Testimonials/Blog. Hammer

- And the action shot!

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- A very good pre-completion sound insulation test result at a Taylor Wimpey development. Substantially better than the minimum requirements for Building Regulations.

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- An Atlas material handler in the process of manoeuvring a car to be crushed or "baled" (as seen in the James Bond movie Goldfinger and also Vincent and Jules's car in Pulp Fiction. After 30 years in business this scrap metal industrial unit is now required to apply for planning permission every 5 years, which seems somewhat draconian to me:

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-Tapping machine in action!

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-The ghost of a tapping machine, or rather the effects of its previous presence. The machine incorporates a line of five hammers that drop in a calibrated and continuous sequential cycle onto the floor surface. The vibrations from the repeated impacts of the hammers cause the dust to displace leaving five neatly dust free mini craters.

Testimonials/Blog. tapper ghost

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