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    • es5595
    • By es5595 10th Mar 17, 11:02 PM
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    Sound Insulation
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    • 10th Mar 17, 11:02 PM
    Sound Insulation 10th Mar 17 at 11:02 PM
    I'm in a middle terrace, and just over a year ago an investor bought the house next to me and split it in two, into a tiny 1.5 bed and a three bed at the end of the terrace.

    He removed two chimney breasts, and knocked the lounger and dining room into one lounge/diner/kitchen. Plans are at Chelmsford city council, planning application 15/01369/FUL

    Whilst it was under construction it was very noisy, and ever as it neared completion I could hear a conversation at ease through the party wall. I was told this was because they hadn't put the soundproofing in yet and I put it down to noisy labourers too. However, the new neighbours moved in a few weeks ago and its been horrendous. I'm sitting here now and can hear every word thats being said.

    The houses were build c1895, had very thick walls and previously I couldn't hear a thing (and can't from the house on the other side either!).

    So my question is what sound insulation are they required to have? Who should have checked this and where can I confirm its been done?
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    • G_M
    • By G_M 10th Mar 17, 11:16 PM
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    Building Control at the council should have checked the conversion complied with Building Regulations, and issued a compliance certificate
    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 11th Mar 17, 7:17 AM
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    • 11th Mar 17, 7:17 AM
    To comply with building regs after chimney removal, the party wall must be 225mm (9") thick.

    Apart from that, I'm not aware of any legal requirement for sound insulation.

    It's likely that you will need to be the one who installs sound insulation, unless there has been a breach of building regs.
    'A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they'll never sit in.'
    • millie84
    • By millie84 11th Mar 17, 7:32 AM
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    • 11th Mar 17, 7:32 AM
    I'll enquire at work, one of our departments does acoustic testing so I'm sure someone will know the regulations on existing dwellings/conversions
    • robatwork
    • By robatwork 11th Mar 17, 8:58 AM
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    • 11th Mar 17, 8:58 AM
    This conversion will have to have met Part E and it sounds like it hasn't.

    I like that part E applies to party walls. But that's just me.

    Have a read then check with Chelmsford BR

    https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/resistance-to-sound-approved-document-e
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