Combining 100 years of industry experience with state-of-the-art
design facilities, Kimpton Acoustics is able to address the most
complex noise management challenge and provide the right
Mor Offshore Windfarm - Transformer Noise Enclosure
Secours Hospital - Containerised Generator
London - CHP Noise Enclosure
Offshore Windfarm - Transformer Noise Enclosure
Davyhulme Waste Water Treatment Works
Windfarm - Transformer Noise Enclosure
Coca Cola -
CHP Noise Enclosure
Gordon - Process Acoustic Enclosure
Carlsberg - Acoustic Canopies
Hydro Polymers - CHP Noise Enclosure
Stillingfleet Mine -
Generator Noise Enclosure
Leading Can Manufacturer -
Liverpool Hope University -
Noise Control Solutions
Royal Mail - Acoustic
BP Sunbury - Acoustic Doors
Faiveley Transport - Acoustic
Titan Yacht - Marine Vessel
Gwynt Y Mor Offshore
Windfarm - Transformer noise enclosure
Gwynt Y Mor is the largest off shore wind farm currently under
construction in Europe. Requiring an investment of €2 billion the
installed capacity of the scheme will be 576MW. Constructed in
Liverpool Bay, 19km off the North Wales coast the 160 wind turbines
will generate 1,950GWh of electricity per year. Capable of powering
400,000 homes, equivalent to 40% of the homes in Wales the scheme
will prevent the release of 1.7million tonnes of CO2 every
The on-shore substation is situated on the outskirts of St Asaph
and the 2 transformers that connect the wind farm to the National
Grid have the potential of generating low frequency noise emissions
which will disturb the local residents of the Denbighshire
Kimpton Acoustic Engineering was employed by Siemens
Transmission and Distribution to assist them in meeting the noise
emissions criteria set out in the planning permission. A noise
impact assessment determined that an insertion loss of 20dB @ 100Hz
was required for each transformer to alleviate the potential noise
disturbance. Kimpton Acoustics designed, manufactured and erected
two acoustic enclosures. Each enclosure was shipped to site in a
modular kit form for ease of transportation and erected around each
of the 355 tonne oil filled transformers.
Bon Secours Hospital -
Bon Secours Health System Limited is the largest private health
provider in Ireland. Bon Secours Hospital in Cork first opened its
doors in 1915. It is now one of the largest independent hospitals
in Europe with 344 beds, catering for up to 26,000 admissions, and
29,000 outpatients attendances each year.
Bon Secours Hospital, Cork is an acute hospital with life
critical systems requiring uninterrupted electrical power. Over
recent years the hospitals electrical load had grown to be
equivalent to the maximum peak load of the existing generator which
had been installed in 2002. A solution was required that would
provide a new larger capacity standby generator but could be
quickly installed within tight space and time constraints.
Kimpton Acoustic Engineering was employed by Finning (Ireland)
Limited to design, manufacture and deliver to site a packaged plant
room containing the new standby generator. From the structural
design of the base and framework to the selection of the plant room
panelling to achieve 60 dBA noise reduction Kimpton designed and
manufactured the complete package. The design also included the
ventilation ductwork and louvers to maintain the generators
temperature when called to run. Our factory controlled off-site
fabrication of the generator package unit simplifies the project
management tasks, ensuring a completed, fully factory tested
package delivered to a pre-agreed schedule and more cost effective
use of expensive site labour and management resources - offering
the optimum design solution and cost benefit for the Customer. The
plant room measuring 12.5m L x 2.8m W x 3.4m H with a combined
weight of 40 tons was shipped to Ireland where it was craned into
situ and connected to the hospitals electrical infrastructure.
The Shard, London - CHP noise
A 306 metre glass spire, The Shard will be home to office space,
residential apartments, a five-star hotel, retail units and
restaurants spread across 600,000 sq.ft and 72 storeys once
completed in 2012 by main contractors Mace Group. At the time of
completion the building is the tallest in the European Union and
its dedicated CHP will provide most of the power needed by the
To meet the power demands of a development of The Sahrd's scale
requires CHP units with an electrical output of 1,131kW and a
thermal output of 1,199kW. To protect the building's occupiers from
the potential noise of this large unit required a carefully
designed acoustic solution. The central London location of the site
and the CHP being situated below ground added further complications
to the delivery of the scheme.
Kimpton Acoustic Engineering was employed by Clarke Energy to
design, manufacture and install an acoustic enclosure that provides
the necessary noise attentuation.
Kimpton designed and manufactured the enclosure comprising steel
framework, acoustic panelling and access doors. The CHP enclosure
was designed as a modular construction suitable for flat-pack
transportation for assembly on site.
Due to the CHP being located in the basement of the building
space constraints dictated that the enclosure was assembled in situ
around the machine on site.
The enclosure was designed and achieved a sound power reduction
of 70dB(A) at 1 metre.
Norwich offshore windfarm -
transformer noise enclosure
Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm resides 17km off the North
Norfolk coast. It's 88 turbines each with a blade span of 52m
extend for 6km into the North Sea.
The turbines are capable of producing 317 megawatts of
electricity, enough to power 220,000 domestic homes. The 1.1TWh of
generated electricity will save 500,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions
The environmental impact through noise and vibration originating
from super grid transformers, over time can be significant.
Over its 40 years of operation the sound emissions from the
transformer will gradually increase, the installation must be
'treated' to prevent the noise emissions exceeding those agreed at
Kimpton Acoustics designed, manufactured and installed an
acoustic enclosure to the Super Grid Transformer.
The enclosure was supplied to site in modular kit form for ease
of transport and storage and assembled on site to National Grid's
The sound power level from the transformer when operating with
the enclosure fitted is guaranteed not to exceed 20dB @ frequency
Davyhulme Waste water
Davyhulme Sewage Works is one of the largest wastewater
treatment plants in Europe serving a population of 1.2 million in
and around Manchester city centre.
Since it was built in 1889, the plant has undergone many
upgrades and continues to expand and improve its processes in the
treatment of raw sewage. The plant uses anaerobic digestion to
treat the sewage which produces biogas, up to 70% of which is
Methane, a gas similar to Natural Gas.
United Utilities use the biogas to generate electricity.
As part of their Carbon Reduction commitment United Utilities
want to extract more of the available energy from the thousands of
tonnes of sewage that they treat each year. In order to do this
they need to upgrade their treatment works to allow them to harvest
the biogas and generate electricity via CHP's to power their
process and also feed the additional power into the National Grid.
With almost 10MW of electricity to be generated via 5 CHP's noise
will be an issue for local residents.
In order to meet the planning guidelines Kimpton Acoustic
engineers worked with Clarke Energy to design and manufacture
Acoustic Enclosures for each of the 2.4MW gas engines.
Kimpton designed, manufactured and installed the engine
enclosures comprising steel framework, acoustic panelling and
access doors along with the attenuated filtered engine cooling and
combustion ventilation requirements.
The enclosures and associated ventilation systems will ensure
sound power reduction of 70dB(A) @ 1 meter from the inlet and
Whitelee Windfarm -
Transformer Noise Enclosure
Europe's largest onshore windfarm, Whitelee windfarm boasts 140
turbines and extends 13km in length, covering approximately 5,500
hectares. Located just south of Glasgow, it is capable of producing
322 megawatts of electricity, equivalent to 2% of Scotland's
electricity needs, or roughly sufficient to power the whole of
The nearest occupied premises are located just 300m away from
the windfarm and the huge transformers required for a scheme of
this scale generate a noise level that exceeds regulations. As a
result, a solution had to be found to reduce noise levels to
prevent the windfarm from contravening the terms of its planning
Kimpton Acoustics designed, manufactured and installed acoustic
enclosures to the transformers. They were supplied to site in
modular kit form for ease of transport and storage and assembled on
site. The sound power level from each transformer when operating
with enclosure fitted is guaranteed not to exceed 76 decibels.
Coca Cola - CHP Noise
Coca Cola dominates the global soft drink market and is sold in
200 countries. The global distribution process works by bottlers,
located throughout the world, such as this plant in Belfast,
purchasing concentrate from the Coca-Cola company in the US and
then producing the finished product in cans and bottles with
filtered water and sweetners. The bottlers then seel, distribute
and merchandise Coca-Cola within their contracted territorial
In line with the European Commission's goals to achieve a
reduction in carbon emissions by 20% by 2020, the factory is
installing Jenbacher CHP units which will eliminate more than 40%
of the plant's annual CO2 emissions. The resultant noise generated
by the engines needed to be attenuated to meet planning
To meet the essential planning guideline noise requirements,
Kimpton Acoustic Engineering designed and manufactured an acoustic
enclosure for each of the five generator engines.
The five engine cells were formed by the internal block work of
the CHP building. Kimpton were responsible for the design,
manufacture and installation of acoustic gable end walls, access
doors and attenuated filtered engine cooling and combustion
The acoustic cell and associated attenuated ventilation ducting
will ensure that noise levels should not exceed 65dB at 1 metre
outside the CHP building, ensuring that noise levels remain within
Wyman Gordon - Process Acoustic
Wyman Gordon is the global leader in the design, manufacture,
assembly and integration of complex metal components and products.
With more than 118 years' experience, the company uses forged
processes to serve numerous sectors including aerospace, power
generation, oil & gas exploration, medical, automotive, food
processing and nuclear.
Wyman Gordon produces metal pipes of up to 12 metres in length
and 1000mm in diameter for a range of industries.
The cleaning of these pipes is undertaken using a grinding wheel
'mole' which runs the full length of the pipe removing residual
mill scale. This process is inherently noisy as the pipe resonates
just as a tuning fork would while the grinding mole travels up and
down the pipe.
To reduce the noise level, Kimpton undertook the design and
manufacture of an acoustic enclosure measuring 26m
long x 3.50m wide x 3m high to house the grinding mole rig and
steel pipes. The enclosure needed to provide excellent acoustic
performance to ensure operator safety and hearing
protection, access into the enclosure was provided by a
mechanically driven sliding roof providing a minimum opening 14.5m
long for access of pipes by an over head gantry crane.
Carlsberg - Acoustic
Carlsberg has grown to be one of the largest beer brewers in the
UK having began brewing in Denmark in 1847. The company now
supplies 140 countries worldwide and was responsible for brewing
Denmark's first beer with a type of yeast from which almost all
modern-day lagers are derived. Its bottling plant in
Northampton produces 54,000 bottles of beer an hour.
To meet changing health and safety legislation relating to
exposure to noise in the workplace, the plant required an acoustic
solution to address the noise level produced in a few areas around
the bottling line which was impacting on operational staff working
within these areas.
A separate requirement was to deliver a fully air-conditioned
noise haven to be used as a shift manager's office.
Kimpton Acoustics was appointed to undertake three installations
across the plant to meet the specified health and safety
Bottle line conveyors are characteristically noisy over the
distance they travel to the filling station, therefore acoustic
canopies were installed to reduce noise levels, whilst ensuring
total visibility and multiple access points along the full length
of the conveyor.
Fully air-conditioned noise havens are becoming increasingly
popular in automated plant areas and just such an area was created
for use as a shift managers office as part of the scheme.
To reduce the noise level at source, and therefore provide a
quiet environment for machine operators standing adjacent to the
equipment, Kimpton installed acoustic enclosures on the rinser
infeed, labeller infeeds and Wrapround infeed.
The design, manufacture and installation of the noise management
solutions were completed within budget and with minimal disruption
to the daily activity of the plant.
- CHP Noise Enclosure
Hydro Polymers is a fully integrated manufacturer of PVC, and a
major supplier to the PVC market in Northern Europe. PVC is
the most common thermoplastic and is used in many domestic,
medical, commercial and industrial products for example pipes,
bottles and window frames.
The organisation, located in Newton Aycliffe, is striving to
become carbon neutral and part of this effort
involved reducing the energy costs for the production of suspension
Kimpton was appointed to design, manufacture and install an
acoustic housing unit complete with integrated
ventilation to house a CHP (combined heat and
The resulting installation meant that the heat produced by the
generator, which would usually be spent to atmosphere, could be
used to heat the neighbouring process area therefore providing
free heat saving tens of thousands of pounds each
The CHP unit was installed next to the s-PVC drier so that the
heated air from the unit can be used to meet the majority of the
thermal demand for drying of resin and at the same time generate
electricity to replace bought in electricity.
A subsequent independent noise survey verified noise
reductions had been attenuated from 113Db(A) as to have
negligible increase on the existing plant background noise
levels, a noise reduction of 36dB(A).
Mine - Generator Noise Enclosures
Stillingfleet was part of the Selby Coalfield in North
Yorkshire, one of the biggest and most sophisticated mining
operations in Europe, employing thousands of workers over a 20-year
period. By 2004, changing geological conditions and the falling
price of coal on world markets meant that the mine was no longer
commercially viable and was forced to close.
Mine gas is an unavoidable by-product of coal mining as it is
created in the chemical process of coal formation. Mining activity
creates cracks and crevices that allow substances to be released,
and, as it is not possible to make a disused pit completely
gas-tight during the sealing off process, gas continues to enter
the atmosphere long after the mine has closed.
The leaking mine gas from Stillingfleet is estimated to be as
much as 12 million cubic metres over a 10 year period and UK Coal
planned to use it to generate electricity. However, the
generating sets needed to do this produced
noise levels above the threshold set out in
guidelines, jeopardising the company's plans.
Kimpton designed and installed acoustic
enclosures for the project's four 2.5 megawatt
Meticulous attention had to be paid to combustion and cooling
airflows, so the Kimpton team's detailed knowledge of
generator application design parameters was
critical to ensuring that the final acoustic enclosure
installations meet all the client's requirements.
The installation reduced the noise levels to
within planning guidelines, ensuring that the project could go
Manufacturer - Acoustic Enclosure
With an annual capacity of some 13 billion units and a 31%
market share, this manufacturer is one of the leading beverage can
producers in Europe.
To maintain its position at the forefront of the beverage can
industry, the company installed high-speed, automatic, coil-feed
transfer presses at its manufacturing plants in Wrexham and
Deeside. The high noise levels generated by this equipment
had to be addressed in line with the company's HSSE commitment, so
the company looked for an acoustic solution that could be
integrated into the manufacturing process.
Kimpton designed, manufactured and installed acoustic
enclosures that would house the presses and ensure
operator safety and hearing protection. The enclosures provide the
highest level of noise control while maintaining
the ability to access, service, and maintain the press. Meticulous
attention to detail ensured the final product met all the necessary
Liverpool Hope University
- Noise Control Solutions
Although officially it is one of the newest universities in the
country, the colleges that make up Liverpool Hope University have a
history of providing further education in the city for over 160
Down the years Liverpool has earned a world wide reputation for
music of all kinds, from The Beatles to The Royal Liverpool
Philharmonic Orchestra, coincidentally founded in the 1840's at the
same time as Hope's first college. With the city now set to be the
European Capital of Culture in 2008 renewing even greater musical
interest, Liverpool Hope University has expanded its music
department with the construction of a new teaching recording studio
and control room.
Sited on the first floor of the University, the new
music studio had to ensure that whilst internally
it was protected from external airborne noise and
achieved acoustical characteristics for good sound quality, outside
the studio none of the music carried to other parts of the
building. Kimpton Acoustics was appointed to address this
noise management challenge.
Both the music studio and the larger control room were of
modular construction enabling design and
manufacture by Kimpton at its factory on the Wirral and then
assembly of the panels from flat pack on site.
The acoustic wall and roof panels supplied were
of nominal 100mm thickness, complete with floating mass barrier.
Externally they were polyester powder coated in a light ivory
finish whilst internally the walls were covered in a durable cloth
finish. The internal floating floor with anti-static carpet tiles
in the control room and ceramic tiles in the studio, was tuned to
10Hz to provide vibration isolation against
structure-borne noise transmission.
Quadruple glazed soundproof windows provided a
visual link between the two rooms, but with 8.8mm and 11.5mm thick
clear laminated safety glass set in vibration isolating aluminium
panels and with window reveals lined with 12mm thick open cell
polyurethane expanded foam, there was no chance of noise
Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) compliant soundproof
pedestrian access doors completed the structures. These were
compatible with the walls in terms of acoustic performance and
included complete dual glazed windows to each door leaf.
As well as the basic structure of the rooms, controls against
internally generated noise such as from ventilation systems or
light fittings also had to be in place. Stand-alone external air
conditioning units with heating and cooling capacity to each room,
complete with ducting, silencers and internal ceiling diffusers
were therefore part of the ventilation system design.
Royal Mail - Acoustic
The Royal Mail distribution centre in Perth is a major depot for
the East Scotland region, there are approximately 60 trucks
travelling in and out each night.
Plans to increase the night time delivery and collection
schedule were inhibited by council regulations regarding
noise abatement after 8pm as the larger volume of
traffic would result in disturbing noise emissions
for local residents. A noise impact assessment identified
that a minimum insertion loss of 12dB was required at the adjacent
Kimpton Acoustics was appointed to address the noise
reduction challenge. Acoustic absorption wall
lining, designed and manufactured as a modular construction to aid
transportation and installation, was fixed to the walls and the
underside of the canopy of the existing building.
The linings consist of sound absorption layers, which are
applied to the surfaces that would otherwise reflect unacceptable
An independent noise survey carried out after the installation
showed that the noise emissions had been reduced
to the required specified levels and the plans to increase the
night-time schedule could go ahead.
BP Sunbury - Acoustic Doors
A world leader in the oil industry, BP has its research and
technology head office in Sunbury on Thames in Middlesex, a site
that employs some 2,500 people in 12 buildings.
Because of the proximity of the site to a nearby residential
area any new construction work has to mindful of local
sensitivities. The construction of a new pump house meant that
aesthetics as well as noise control were major
considerations and stringent planning requirements meant the new
building had not only to blend in with the local environment but
that noise pollution had to be minimised.
Working for structural steelwork sub-contractors, W.S Britland
& Co, Kimpton was specified to supply five acoustic
doors to the pump house enclosure as well as some
sound-proofed infill panels.
The pump house itself is a timber clad steelwork construction,
sympathetic to the surrounding area and Kimpton was able to
manufacture bespoke acoustic doors with
co-ordinating hardware, all in accordance with the recommendations
of an earlier noise impact assessment.
Once the pump house construction was complete, a subsequent
independent noise survey was carried out which indicated that the
potential noise levels of 79 dB(A) has been attenuated to the
predicted background noise level of 60dB(A), well within
Faiveley Transport -
Part of The Faiveley Group, one of the world's leading suppliers
of railway systems and services, Faiveley Transport Birkenhead Ltd
designs and manufactures a wide range of brake control systems for
the rail industry.
Using a purpose-built test cell, Faiveley carries out critical
checks on brake product performance before delivering to the
customer. The relocation of an assembly production line adjacent to
the test cell presented potentially disturbing noise
emissions for the assembly personnel. A noise
survey of test equipment indicated levels of 104 dB(A), in
excess of acceptable levels for the workforce and the lack of
soundproofing to the cell's existing double doors
meant they had to be replaced.
Kimpton Acoustics was specified to supply and install a set of
high performance acoustic double doors with
dual glazed windows and heavy duty hinges and door
An independent noise survey carried out after
the installation indicated that the potential noise level of 104
dB(A) had been attenuated to the predicted background noise
level of 60 dB(A), well within health and safety
regulations for the employees.
Titan Yacht - Marine Vessel
Vortex Marine provides a luxury yacht charter service. Capable
of carrying 22 passengers, the company's yacht 'TITAN' is designed
to cruise the Mediterranean and Caribbean and can be chartered for
weeks at a time.
Vortex Marine planned to convert a royal navy survey ship into a
luxury yacht to provide a charter service. As part of this
transformation, new Volvo marine generating sets were to be
installed on the upper level of the engine room but this had the
potential to create disturbing noise levels for
the 22 guests.
Kimpton Acoustics were appointed to design and install an
acoustic solution that addressed the noise
produced by the generating sets and the potential impact on guests
and staff onboard the yacht.
Kimpton had to pay meticulous attention to combustion and
cooling air flows and detailed knowledge of marine diesel and
generator application design parameters was essential to ensure
that the final product met all the requirements.
To overcome the challenge of undertaking an installation on
board a marine vessel where access is restricted,
the acoustic enclosures were delivered to site as
a flat pack suitably sized to gain access into the engine room. To
control noise levels still further, the generating
sets were positioned on anti vibration mounts to
avoid noise vibration through the ships
An independent noise survey carried out after
installation indicated the potential noise had been reduced by 32dB
(A) to levels that will not disturb the enjoyment of guests