Doxford Park Retirement Homes, Sunderland

At Doxford Park residential village – a £9 million care home development in Sunderland – sound proofing between apartments was a key requirement, which led to the specification of the Wavin Acoustic Soil System, an internal drainage system which combines low noise, durability and ease of installation.

Creating a quieter care home for residents

At Doxford Park residential village – a £9 million care home development in Sunderland – sound proofing between apartments was a key requirement, which led to the specification of the Wavin Acoustic Soil System, an internal drainage system which combines low noise, durability and ease of installation.

The challenge

Including a state-of-the-art BREEAM Excellent extra care facility, as well as 40 extra care apartments and 14 bungalows, the new Doxford Park retirement village was designed to deliver the very best levels of care. In an environment where noise can impact sleep and cause health problems, it was imperative that the homes were built with low noise pipework.

Our approach

In order to meet the client brief of an acoustic drainage system within the apartments, mechanical and electrical consultant DTA Consulting Engineers looked at a range of options. Wavin’s AS System was specified as the most efficient and cost effective low noise system. Made of a minerally reinforced polypropylene called Astolan®, which has a high specific weight and a special molecular structure, the Wavin AS System is able to absorb airborne sound as well as structure borne sound, which is caused by waste water hitting the pipe wall.

The benefits

This durable system offers the flexibility of an extensive choice, excellent quality and reliability. Compared to cast iron, Wavin AS is quick and easy to install, because of its socket connection and is an ideal solution for multiple storey buildings requiring noise insulation.