Acoustic Consultants

Noise Surveys & Noise Assessments | Manchester & North-West

Noise Surveys in Manchester

ACA Acoustics’ team of acoustic consultants have the expertise to carry out your acoustics, noise, or vibration assessment in Manchester and the surrounding north-west areas.  We provide noise assessments for projects of all types and sizes.

Typical projects include,

For your free initial consultation, call our friendly Manchester team on 0161 327 1681, send an email to, or use the contact form and we’ll get back to you.


Why choose us for your noise survey and assessment?

  • Unrivalled customer service.
  • Fast project turnaround.  Noise surveys can often be arranged at short notice to suit your project programme.
  • All projects managed by a Member or Associate Member of the Institute of Acoustics.
  • Working throughout Manchester, Liverpool, and the north-west from our office in central Manchester.
  • Competitive fees.
  • SITMA accreditation for Building Regulations sound testing.
  • SSIP accredited company.
  • Constructionline Silver Member.

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Where in Manchester and the north do we provide noise surveys?

Our Manchester office team undertake noise assessments for projects throughout the north of the UK, including in Greater Manchester, Liverpool, Chester and north Wales, Yorkshire, Newcastle and the north-east.

Because our expert consultants specialise in carrying out noise assessments in Greater Manchester and wider north of England, we know exactly what information your Local Authority will need in your noise survey report.

For sites further afield, ACA Acoustics’ other offices are strategically placed to offer noise surveys and assessments, sound insulation testing, and acoustic design throughout the UK.


What type of noise assessments do we work on in Manchester?

Our expert Manchester office team have years of experience working on acoustic reports to support planning applications, discharging planning conditions, and investigating noise complaints.  We are used to working within a design team to ensure a high-quality acoustic design.  We also assess noise and vibration due to demolition and construction activities.  Whatever your noise survey and assessment requirements, we will be able to offer a solution.


What is a noise impact assessment?

The aim of a noise assessment is to predict whether a proposed development will result in adverse noise impacts on people living or working in the new development or existing properties nearby.

Typical noise survey assessment procedure

Most noise survey assessments start with ACA Acoustics’ consultants conducting a background noise survey to determine existing sound levels in the area.  For residential developments, we use these existing sound levels to assess the impact it will have on future occupants.  For noise generating developments, such as a gym, restaurant, or bar, we consider how the new noise source might change the existing acoustic climate and the impact that could have on existing residents nearby.  The exact assessment method varies depending on the source of the noise.

British Standards and guidance documents

ACA Acoustics’ assessments follow all appropriate local planning policies, national policy including the NPPF and PPG, British and International standards, and other guidance documents.

The most common Standards and guidance documents used include:

  • National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and Planning Practice Guidance (PPG).
  • BS 8233:2014 Guidance on sound insulation and noise reduction for buildings.
  • ProPG: Planning & Noise.
  • BS 4142:2019 Methods for rating and assessing industrial and commercial sound.
  • World Health Organization WHO Guidelines for Community Noise.
  • BS 5228 Code of practice for noise and vibration control on construction and open sites.
  • BS 6472-1:2008 Guide to evaluation of human exposure to vibration in buildings.
  • BB93 Acoustic design of schools
  • The Building Regulations Approved Document E and Approved Document O.
  • The Institute of Acoustics’ (IOA) Good Practice Guide on the Control of Noise from Pubs and Clubs
  • The Institute of Environmental Management and Assessments’ (IEMA) Guidelines for Environmental Noise Impact Assessment.

Which types of development will need a noise assessment?

Your Local Authority is likely to request a noise impact assessment for any development which has the potential to create noise.  Noise sensitive developments, such as residential houses, will also require noise survey assessments.


Some of the most common developments which will normally require a noise assessment include:

  • Residential houses and flats.
  • Schools and nurseries.
  • New mechanical services plant and equipment serving industrial, commercial, or residential developments.
  • Restaurants and takeaways.
  • Drive-thru lanes.
  • Bars and nightclubs.
  • Delivery noise and unloading.
  • Gyms and fitness studios.
  • Outdoor sports pitches including MUGAs.


How ACA Acoustics can help with your noise survey assessment in Manchester

ACA Acoustics’ Manchester office team have experience undertaking noise surveys and noise impact assessments for all types of developments.  Our expert knowledge means we know exactly how the noise assessment should be conducted and what information the Local Authority EHO will require in your noise survey report.  Our surveys and noise assessments are very competitive and can usually be carried out at short notice.

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