Your 4 step guide to office acoustic solutions

If you’re an architect, specifier or interior designer, office acoustics will be a key consideration during the design process. With so many options out there, we understand that acoustic solutions can be a bit of a minefield. And it’s not just about sticking some foam on the walls!

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Offices are an exciting place to be these days. We’re seeing a rise in podcast studios, break-out spaces and quiet pods, which is opening up a whole new world of acoustic possibilities.

At Sound Zero, we’re a design-led acoustic solutions specialist. This guide is aimed to talk you through the unique Sound Zero process that will transform your space from a noisy nightmare to an office oasis.

So, let’s dive right in…

Step 1: Initial acoustic consultation

The process begins with the consultation. The consultation is the most vital part of the process as it allows us to understand the nature of your requirements.

The client would normally specify us with some form of drawing or floor plan. 

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Architects and specifiers can count on Sound Zero to help diagnose problem areas causing noise issues and work on a tailor-made, design-led acoustic solution

Following this, we ask the client about the type of traffic that’s usually in different areas. Is it normally busy or quiet? Where are the social hubs? Where are the different departments within the office? What sort of noise issues are you and your employees experiencing? 

These types of questions allow us to gauge the level of acoustic treatment that might be required.

Discrete solutions?

During our consultation, we explore whether you want physical partitions or more discrete solutions

Many offices choose to create separate areas within the open-plan office. This has the benefit of housing noisy machinery and equipment in one place and separating different departments based on the nature of their work. 

If you’re part of a dynamic sales team, you may want to collaborate with other members of your team, whilst not disturbing members of the wider company. 

Our work may require us to start looking at noise transfer and discreet acoustics, and things that can be hidden out of sight; out of mind.

The main point here is that there are lots of options available to you, based on your individual needs. We’re always here to listen and offer expert advice when needed. 

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Step 2: Modelling rooms

The visual impact of our acoustic materials has to be seen to be believed. This phase gives you the opportunity to gain an insight into what your office will eventually look like. 

Using the latest software, we will build a 3D computer model based on your floor plans and the information gained during the consultation. 

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Sound Zero Acoustician Luke Warwick designing a bespoke acoustic system to be implemented into a studio

This allows you to envisage how your office will look once our acoustic products have been installed.

The paperwork 

Our plans will be broken down into a proposal document. This will contain various elements, including:

  • Materials we’ll be using
  • Information on the materials (fire rating, safety standards)
  • Fit and finish options
  • Installation time scale 

Of course, every office space is unique, and our proposal document will be aligned with each individual office’s needs. 

Providing acoustical solutions differently

The work we do for each client is bespoke. We pride ourselves on the level of interaction that we have with each client and we’re prepared to adapt our model and offering if necessary. 

With Sound Zero, we won’t put any restrictions in your way. We’re a solution-based company that’s driven by creativity and acoustic comfort

Step 3: Manufacturing acoustic products 

We’re constantly expanding our in-house manufacturing process and use cutting edge technology to deliver sustainable and eco-friendly products. We’re proud to say we manufacture our own products right here in the UK. 

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We pride ourselves on our technical knowhow and attention to detail. All our products are manufactured to order at our own, UK manufacturing facility so you can be safe in the knowledge that they will be made to stringent standards

Step 4: Acoustical installations 

During the installation process, there’ll be a site manager that gets assigned to the acoustic install. That person will oversee the operation, ensuring that the work is carried out efficiently and to a high standard.

We have a team of highly skilled installers that work fast and provide professional results. 

Our experienced installation team ensures the end results look, and sound, great!

The complete package 

We approach each new project with the same level of perfectionism, whilst creating a tailored acousitc solution based on your individual requirements.

We’re with you every step of the way, from design to install and this is what sets us apart. With Sound Zero, you get the complete package. 

We hope you found this step-by-step guide useful. If you’d like any more information on our office acoustic process, talk to one of our experts today

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