With the explosion in the gym and exercise franchise sectors, increasingly complex sites are being used to locate new gyms. As gyms are more often being located in densely populated residential areas, several issues arise that we can help resolve with Acoustic Consulting, advice, and guidance.
Noise from the dropping of weights, throwing of medicine balls, and exercise classes transfer through the building structure and cause disturbance to adjacent rooms and building users. In the case of gyms located directly adjacent to residential units, structure-borne noise can cause a significant impact if not sufficiently mitigated. As every building is different we, as standard procedure, carry out site tests prior to any works taking place, and typically prior to a lease being signed, to drop weights in the proposed gym and measure noise levels within adjacent spaces.
This allows us to specify noise mitigation within the gym floor build-up in order to reduce noise to acceptable levels. We have experience carrying out sound tests with several key gym flooring suppliers and work with gym operators to find the most cost-effective solution.
Activity noise from exercise classes and sound systems can propagate through walls to adjacent spaces and cause disturbance if the room acoustics and building acoustics aren’t considered in advance. We provide sound insulation testing to determine noise limits within gyms and advise the operator if any sound insulation upgrades are required. In the most extreme cases, box-in-box isolated construction is required. We have significant experience in the design and commissioning of this type construction.
Noise Impact Assessment Report
In the opening of a new gym, a noise impact assessment report is typically required to be submitted to the local authority. As part of this, any new items of external plant require an assessment to demonstrate minimal impact to the existing environment. We submit such reports on a weekly basis and have experience in all London boroughs and nationwide. Further information on noise impact assessments is contained here.
We have worked on 40+ gyms and exercise franchises in the past and would be happy to provide an initial consultation and fee proposal to any prospective operators who want to get their gym space acoustics right from the outset or with remedial works.
To see some examples of our acoustics design work for Gymnasiums and Fitness spaces, take a look at our Gym Projects.
Gyms are at risk of closure if they are too noisy – how can you minimise disturbing neighbours?
Noise from dropping weights, music, exercise classes, and mechanical plant such as aircon units can transfer through the building structure and cause disturbance to others. Noise complaints can force gyms to close down and rectifying any issues after a fit-out can be very costly. This is a particularly significant issue in built-up areas, we are specialist residential gym consultants.
There is an answer – careful planning through acoustic advice, design and on-site testing
Prior to signing a lease, a noise impact assessment report needs to be submitted and approved by the Local Authority. This report helps a prospective gym owner establish the site suitability and viability of a project before funds are invested.
We can help – we’re experts in Gym Noise Testing
We have carried out over 40 gym noise impact assessments over the last 2 years across all London boroughs and nationwide and provide professional advice on how to eliminate potential noise issues to reduce risks to prospective gym owners.
As every building is different, we carry out site tests prior to any works taking place and measure sound separation between the gym and adjacent spaces. Free acoustic demonstrations are available in our 3D sound studio to ensure gym owners are fully informed.
We specify mitigation measures within the gym floor build-up in order to reduce noise to acceptable levels and have experience carrying out tests with several key gym flooring suppliers and work with gym operators to find the most cost-effective solution.
As every building is different, we carry out site tests prior to any works taking place and measure the sound separation between the gym and adjacent spaces. Free acoustic demonstrations are available in our 3D sound studio to ensure gym owners are fully informed.
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