What is a PCT?

If the initials PCT spell confusion to you, we can answer the most common questions about this important regulation. What is a PCT? A Pre-Completion Test (PCT) is a requirement under Part E of the government’s Building Regulations.  Also known as a sound insulation test, the aim is to ensure reasonable standards of sound insulation … Read more

Rackheath Masterplan

The village of Rackheath lies to the north of Norwich and is part of Broadland District Council’s “growth triangle”. In 2009 it was identified as one of a dozen proposed sites to create new carbon-neutral eco-communities. The government subsequently withdrew this particular programme, but in 2016 a new masterplan was published. The three interested parties … Read more

Outdoor cinema

A side effect of coronavirus has been a huge change in how we enjoy our entertainment. The hospitality industry has been creative in its response and as restrictions have eased, there has been a rise in outdoor events. Throughout the UK, drive-ins have made a comeback and outdoor screens are seeing a surge in demand. … Read more

Residents and Festivals

King’s Lynn is a typical North Norfolk market town. For over 500 years the Tuesday Market Place has been its trading centre. This site also serves as a car park and for three weekends every year hosts the spectacular Festival Too music festival. Large crowds flock to the Market Place to hear a wide variety … Read more

Turbine Testing

An increasing demand for renewable energy and rising fuel costs has led to more micro turbines in locations such as farms. However, although the noise generated by such machines may differ from that produced by large industrial farms, there is still a need to assess their impact on the environment. Principal Acoustics Consultant Ian Rees … Read more

CadnaA Software

The use of industry-leading specialist software is a key element in our success. Adrian James Acoustics invests heavily in software and hardware in order to ensure we can offer an outstanding service. Our team of experts use such predictive technology to offer a comprehensive solution to customer demands, building on our wealth of experience and … Read more

Call Centre Assessments

AJA have undertaken a variety of acoustic assessments at call centres in the UK, including those operated by Aviva, Centrica, Vodafone UK and AXA. The principal acoustic challenge faced in call centres is high noise levels (usually as a result of dense population), reverberant conditions and inadequate acoustic screening between desks.  While ambient noise levels … Read more

The Future of Recycling?

We all know the importance of recycling, but how can processing plants carry out necessary work whilst keeping noise levels down to a minimum? Adrian James Acoustics was presented with this challenge when we were appointed by Norse Environmental Waste Services to work on the Marsham Composting Facility in North Norfolk.  The plant used innovative … Read more

Sound Testing in Southwold

The control of environmental noise may be one of the keys to a better quality of life but it is also an important legal requirement.  At Adrian James Acoustics we carry out many different types of noise assessments, usually arising from planning applications or the need to comply with building regulations. In each case, we … Read more

The Norfolk & Norwich Festival Spiegeltent

May time is Festival time in Norwich, and once again the Adnams Spiegeltent came to town.  This unusual venue is part of a tradition stretching back over a hundred years, when large travelling tents would tour round Europe, acting as a home for cabaret and other entertainment.  The Norfolk & Norwich Festival revived the idea a … Read more