Architectural & Environmental Acousticians

Noise & Vibration Engineers

  • Noise from Waste Transfer Station – London

    Noise from Waste Transfer Station – London

  • Large mixed-use scheme – One Tower Bridge

    Large mixed-use scheme – One Tower Bridge

  • New Hotel – Heathrow Airport

    New Hotel – Heathrow Airport

  • New residential village for Berkeley Homes

    New residential village for Berkeley Homes

  • New Container Distribution Hub – Felixstowe

    New Container Distribution Hub – Felixstowe

  • New Skills Academy – Bristol

    New Skills Academy – Bristol

  • New Chapel and Crematorium – Milton Keynes

    New Chapel and Crematorium – Milton Keynes

  • New Leisure Centre – Nottingham

    New Leisure Centre – Nottingham

  • New Office Block – London

    New Office Block – London

Company News: 2018

5 Top Tips for Preventing Complaints due to Construction Noise, Vibration & Dust

People can be fairly intolerant of construction-related noise, vibration and dust emissions and most contractors/developers will have some experience of dealing with sensitive residents or strict Local Authorities.

Below are our 5 top tips for minimising the risk of issues on your project:

1. Better to ask for permission rather than forgiveness
Have construction works approved upfront via Section 61 agreements rather than risk enforcement action via Section 60 notices. Local Authorities will normally require these for larger schemes via planning conditions.

2. Noise control is cheaper to implement upfront
It is cheaper in the long run to assess noise as part of the D/CEMP and integrate any required noise control into the planning of the works; changing construction processes or equipment or implementing noise control retrospectively can be expensive both in terms of direct costs
and project delays.

3. Warn residents
Human response to construction emissions are subjective. In our experience people will be much more to tolerant of noise, vibration and dust if they are warned about it first. We always recommend that developers and contractors proactively inform nearby occupants about upcoming works as part of their D/CEMP, including the provision of direct contact details for any complaints to minimise the need for Local Authority involvement.

4. Don’t ignore complaints or warnings
In the long run it is better to deal with any complaints or warnings from Local Authorities quickly. Issues that are left to fester can lead to enforcement action (i.e. fines or work stoppages) if complaints are upheld by Local Authorities. We are also seeing a significant increase in the readiness of Local Authorities to issue and enforce notices.

5. Budget for continuous construction monitoring
Local Authorities are increasingly asking for continuous construction noise, vibration and dust monitoring to be carried out during construction projects. We provide this monitoring for our clients however it can add significant costs to a project and it is therefore prudent to allow for the monitoring in project budgets. We have experience with many Local Authority requirements and can advise on appropriate budgets where necessary. We can also assist in the development and provision of cost effective monitoring programs where monitoring is required.

If you have a project you would like assistance with or to discuss our services further please contact Adam Bamford on 01234 834 773 or email adambamford@cassallen.co.uk

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