A noise haven is a simple solution to reduce the noise impact on people working within an industrial environment.
Where it’s impractical to completely enclose a noisy machine, it makes far more sense to enclose the people and give them a quiet place to work in the middle of a noisy environment.
In a recent project we showed you the existing quality lab within a manufacturing plant. Our brief was to dismantle the existing lab and replace it with a properly specified noise haven in the same space and to a similar scale, but with far greater sound protection for the team who are working within the space. As a reminder, you can see the existing unit here.
The work began by dismantling the old unit completely and then when the space was cleared, the new unit was delivered to site in a large jigsaw format. It had already been fully assembled off site, so it was for ease of delivery and to ensure there were no issues getting it into the middle of a tight site.
With all of our noise haven solutions, we aim to be able to deliver every component through a standard sized door opening.
The glass is delivered to site. They are now ultra high quality double glazed unit with a good air gap between panes, which helps reduce sound carry.
With all of the parts delivered to site, the assembly of the new noise haven begins.
The construction continues apace and it’s not long before the walls are in place and it’s ready for the roof.
The roof is lifted into place using a lifting aid. They aren’t too heavy but because of their size, it’s an awful lot easier to move them accurately with a little help.
With the roof in place, the noise reduction is already very marked – even before the final finishing.
And it’s complete. Another noise haven is finished and ready to go to work as a quality lab for the team within the factory. The completed noise haven may not look that different but it does perform totally differently.
As an experiment, one of our engineers did a short film from outside the noise haven and then walked into it, before closing the door. Bearing in mind this was before the inside was fully completed and you should be pleasantly surprised at the difference it makes. The two extra pieces to complete were the suspended ceiling that would make quite a difference and sealing the apertures for pipes and cables to enter the noise haven. With these completed, the difference would be even greater.
Here’s the video