Construction noise and vibration impacts can have a debilitating effect on noise sensitive receptors in the vicinity of an active site, ranging from noise nuisance to health effects and structural damage to buildings. Dragonfly Consulting has operated on a number of varying sites over the years, working alongside construction teams and local authorities to provide an agreed monitoring methodology, risk assessment and suitable action levels within a wider Construction Environmental Management Plan (CEMP) in order to satisfy the noise and vibration requirements or planning conditions imposed upon the site.
The generation and deposition of environmental dust may be an inevitable consequence of some industries such as quarrying, mining and mineral processing. Other operations such as landfill, demolition and agriculture can also lead to dust generation. This dust can fall a short distance from its origin or, dependent on prevailing weather conditions, can be carried a long distance from the site. This can result in dust becoming an issue for nearby residential properties (e.g. soiling of clothes hung on a washing line, deposition on cars and dirtying residential windows).
Nuisance dust assessments normally take the form of a baseline survey followed by monitoring both during a project, and after completion, in order to indicate whether on-site activities result in an increase in the levels of nuisance dust.
Our Consultancy Team offers a construction review service to assist in the acoustic design of buildings from inception through to construction. During the design phase, potential issues such as room acoustics, speech privacy and reducing the impact of external noise sources are all taken into account.
Our team has worked on projects as diverse as medical facilities, hotels, university lecture theatres, residential houses and flats, music rooms and interview suites. In all instances we ensure that acoustic separation between rooms meets both the regulatory requirements and the standards of the client.
When applying for planning permission for a residential development, it’s likely that a Noise Impact Assessment will be required to ensure noise from external sources is kept within suitable limits. Such assessments are generally formed under the guidance within British Standard 8233:2014.
Dragonfly Consulting has been involved in the development of over 200 wind turbine sites and has considerable experience liaising with local authorities to establish their requirements for assessment of applications. We have also been involved in the type approval of new wind turbines coming into the UK.
When applying for planning permission it’s likely that a Planning Noise Assessment will be required. For this you will need an Acoustic Consultant. Dragonfly Consulting can help with your project from single dwellings to developments of 100 properties.
The Control of Noise at Work Regulations came into force in Great Britain on April 6th 2006. To comply with the regulations every employer must take steps to protect their employees, initially by undertaking a workplace noise assessment.