Construction Noise and Vibration | BS 5228

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Construction noise and vibration assessments

Noise and vibration impacts from construction and demolition activities have the potential to cause high levels of disturbance and are an important consideration for any contractor or developer planning a new project to undergo some phase of demolition or construction.

Construction noise and vibration is normally assessed in accordance with the guidance of British Standard 5228 Code of practice for noise and vibration control on construction and open sites Part 1 – Noise and Part 2 – Vibration (as amended, BS 5228-1:2009+A1:2014 and BS 5228- 2:2009+A1:2014). Other Standard documents are often used following the detail of these codes of practice.

Sound Solution Consultants (SSC) have vast experience of providing detailed noise and vibration assessments in accordance with BS 5228, noise and vibration monitoring and assisting Section 61 consents.

Noise and vibration monitoring

At SSC we have a range of autonomous noise and vibration monitoring stations that can be deployed for long-term construction and demolition site measurements. We have the facility to offer mains, battery or solar powered stations to accommodate all noise and vibration monitoring requirements.

We use automated systems and an online functionality enabling levels to be viewed on office PC’s and in the field. Automated alerts can be configured for noise and vibration, to be sent (via text message and/or email) as a warning when limit levels are encroached upon or exceeded.

Noise and vibration monitoring is normally essential in Section 61 consent applications. It is often the case that monitoring should occur over the lifetime of the construction therefore SSC offer very competitive rates on assisting long-term monitoring requirements.

Section 61 consent applications

At SSC we have experience of assisting with major project works and consent applications for the control of noise and vibration from demolition and construction sites. Section 61 of The Control of Pollution Act 1974 sets out the structure for this managerial process; where all applications are provided by the contractor undertaking the works.

Technical support is provided to the contractor in engaging with the Local Authorities prior to works. Noise and vibration predictions are provided as part of a formal Section 61 agreement, which in turn prescribes working limits and methods to be adhered to on site as part of Best Practicable Means (BPM) measures to control noise and vibration.

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What our clients say

I just wanted to say a huge thank you to you and your team for all the extra help you have given me in dealing with my rather sensitive issue of noise transmission to my downstairs neighbour. It has been invaluable. In recognition, I have made a £50 donation to the charity: Action on Hearing Loss.

Jodi Riches - Client

Have worked with Sound Solution for the last 7 years and have found them to be very professional and excellent at their work. Always happy to provide me with advice pre and post purchasing new buildings and during development projects. We have worked on various scale of projects and so far have found nothing that phases them. The reports are well written, clear and easy to follow. A great asset to our extended team.

Sanjeev Bhamm, Pelham Associates

We are delighted to work with SCC Ltd in resolving the ever more complex requirements for careful acoustic design. Their knowledge coupled with a helpful approach assists us in delivering tailored solutions which fit within our design constraints.

Chris Parsons, Parsons Whittley

We have been working with Sound Solutions for a few years now, as they offer a professional and consistent service. They are always happy to respond to site-based questions and are quick to reply to emails and phone calls. It is reassuring to our clients that they provide both the specification prior to construction and test on completion.

Ben Harvey - Architect, Liam Russell Architects

We have worked with Mark and the team at Sound Solutions for many years and have always been very happy with their professional service and first-rate advice. I have personally recommended them to many other clients.