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Noise Surveys & Noise Assessments London – ACA Acoustics

Noise Surveys in London

Whatever your acoustics, noise, or vibration requirements, you can rely on ACA Acoustics’ team of expert acoustic consultants to undertake your noise survey in London.  We have experience in undertaking noise assessments for projects of all types and sizes.

Typical projects include,

For your free initial consultation, call our friendly London team on 0203 609 8733, use the contact form, or send an email to london@aca-acoustics.co.uk and we’ll get back to you.

 

Why choose us for your noise assessment?

  • Unrivalled quality of service.
  • Fast project turnaround.  Surveys can normally be arranged at short notice.
  • All projects managed by a Member or Associate Member of the Institute of Acoustics.
  • Working throughout London and the South-East from our office in Hammersmith, London.
  • Competitive fees.
  • SITMA accreditation for Building Regulations sound testing.
  • SSIP accredited company.
  • Constructionline Silver Member.

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Where in London and the south do we provide noise surveys?

Our London office team works on projects throughout the city, including noise assessments in Westminster, Camden, Kensington and Chelsea, and Hammersmith and Fulham.

We also carry out noise surveys and noise assessments in the Home Counties, up to Hertfordshire, Cambridge and Norfolk further north, to Essex and Suffolk in the east, down through Kent and Surrey to Brighton and Sussex in the south, and to Buckinghamshire and Berkshire heading west.

Because our expert consultants specialise in carrying out noise assessments in London and the surrounding areas, we know exactly what information your Local Authority will need in your noise survey report.

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

 

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

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

 

What is a noise impact assessment?

In general terms, 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 assessment start with ACA Acoustics’ consultants measuring existing background noise levels.  For residential developments, we assess the impact this noise will have on future occupants.  Assessments for noise generating development, such as a gym or restaurant, consider how new noise sources will affect 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 national and local planning policies, British and International standards, and other relevant guidance documents.

The most common Standards and guidance documents used include:

  • National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).
  • 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?

The Local Authority may 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:

  • New 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 playing loud music.
  • Delivery noise and unloading to industrial and retails developments.
  • Gyms and other fitness studios.
  • Outdoor sports pitches including MUGA and all-weather pitches.

 

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

ACA Acoustics’ London office team have experience undertaking all types of noise surveys and noise impact assessments for all manner of developments.  Our expert knowledge means we know how the noise assessment should be conducted and what is required in your noise survey report.  Our surveys are very competitive and can usually be carried out at short notice on urgent projects.

Please get in touch with us using the contact form and one of our experienced consultants will contact you shortly.  Alternatively, please feel free to call us directly on 0203 609 8733 or email us at london@aca-acoustics.co.uk.

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Philip Catterall

"I have had the pleasure of using ACA Acoustics’ services on a high-end residential project in Vauxhall, London.

The commitment and proactiveness received from Rob Cant and his team was greatly appreciated on an extremely challenging and short time-framed project. This resulted in ACA Acoustics providing acoustic consultancy services on the current 51-storey commercial fit out project in Central London.

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Joe Wu – T Clarke PLC

"I have been using ACA Acoustics during my employment at different companies since Rob set the business up in 2012. Rob and his team offer an excellent service and very competitive costs for carrying out acoustic sound surveys and reports. In the fast pace nature of the hospitality client field their fast turnaround is greatly valued and helps me to build a robust offering to my clients."

Craig Ballantyne – Spiritus Technical Services Limited

"We used Rob from ACA Acoustics and would highly recommend their services. The work was carried out to an extremely high standard, these guys obviously know their business.

There was some opposition to our project and those opposing employed an independent acoustic agent to try and discredit the report Rob had produced. However, the other report was thrown out and deemed totally inadequate and the Local Authority praised the report submitted by ACA Acoustics.

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"ACA Acoustics’ practical understanding of the HVAC industry and professional yet common sense approach to finding the right solution for each project is the reason why I’d always choose to use them on my projects and recommend them to my clients."

Ed Fellerman – Chapman Ventilation Limited

"I’ve worked with Rob and ACA for a number of years on numerous projects, and their proactive approach and negotiation skills have helped my clients and I overcome various difficult challenging noise issues to secure tricky planning consents.

As a planning consultancy we have worked with various noise consultants and I have found ACA to be the most pragmatic and adept, going beyond simply undertaking noise calculations to help find solutions and fight our corner when needed."

Mark Shearman – Firstplan

"I use ACA Acoustics to assist with all our projects which require an acoustic assessment. They also provide the acoustic design for separating walls and floors to comply with The Building Regulations Approved Document E.

Their straightforward and practical advice complements the service I can offer to my clients and I highly recommend their service."

Ian Hubbarde – Link Architecture