Specifier Review


North-West-based Total Vibration Solutions (TVS) is completing work on two of the country’s most prestigious education sector projects, highlighting the company’s emerging position as one of the country’s fastest-growing acoustics specialists.

TVS was selected by main contractor Sir Robert McAlpine to design, install and commission 2,169m2 of concrete and steel reinforced acoustic jack-up floors over five levels of new a state-of-the-art contemporary building for the UK’s largest music school Manchester’s renowned Chetham’s School of Music.Currently nearing completion, it is thought to be the largest acoustic jack-up floor project of its kind ever undertaken in the UK, involving the complete isolation of 58 individual music rooms and a 100-seat recital hall.


The acoustic floors, constructed of 110-mm deep steel-reinforced concrete, were subsequently jacked-up 50mm to allow acoustic separation between the finished room floor and the original building sub-slab.The recital hall also required the most stringent acoustic performance levels. It has a 150mm steel-reinforced concrete floor supported by 366 individual jack-up mounts to support the weight and high point loadings from steel columns supporting the roof beams, mezzanine floor and walls of this box-within-a-box structure.

In the Midlands, meanwhile, a multi-million-pound Performance Hub is nearing completion on the University of Wolverhampton’s Walsall campus integrating music, dance and drama facilities. Once again, TVS was selected, this time by main contractor, VINCI Construction, to provide 1,633m2 of acoustic floating floors for the drama rooms, music rehearsal facility, recording studios and black box theatre. The work involved equipping 23 rooms with a 160mm deep timber acoustic floor, one room with a 350mm deep acoustic floor and 5 further rooms with a 160mm deep acoustic concrete flooring system. TVS was selected not only because its floating floor system met the University’s stringent acoustic specification but also, importantly in these budget-constrained times, because its tender offered the university significant cost savings.

Ceilings in the building were also supported on TVS acoustic hangers, specified by acoustic consultants ARUP, allowing British Gypsum’s MF ceiling system to be installed as normal but helping it to offer much greater acoustic isolation efficiency.

TVS Managing Director Paul Lafone, who has more than 20 years’ experience in engineering, noise and vibration suppression, says the prestige projects demanded cutting-edge solutions. “Both projects called for the latest acoustic design techniques and materials so we were delighted to have been chosen.”

His Haslingden-based company is currently overseeing a string of contracts ranging from the isolation of a transformer room in the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, to sound and vibration solutions for health clubs and hotels across the UK.

Total Vibration Solutions Ltd

Unit 9, The Courtyard, Grane Road, Haslingden, Rossendale

Lancashire BB4 4QN. Tel: +44(0) 1706 260 220