Acoustic Consultants


Most Local Authorities request an environmental noise impact assessment report to support planning applications for new residential developments. A suitable assessment will consider guidance set out in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), Noise Policy Statement for England (NPSE), Planning Practice Guidance – Noise (PPG-N), British Standards BS 8233:2014, BS 4142:2014 and BS 6472-1:2008, ProPG: Planning & Noise, and relevant local policies or supplementary guidance documents, as appropriate for the individual development.

The assessment should ensure that noise intrusion to a new residential dwelling will not be disturbing to future occupants; and contributes to achieving sustainable developments that are fit for purpose.

We undertake the necessary noise and vibration surveys, acoustic modelling and calculations, and provide advice to architects, developers, planning consultants, and contractors. Typically this includes acoustic specification for glazing, façade elements, and ventilation schemes. Mitigation schemes could also include changing the orientation of buildings or rooms within the building or external features such as acoustic barriers.

Where a development incorporates mechanical ventilation such as MVHR or fan coil units (FCUs) or there is new external mechanical plant such as air conditioning, there is potential that noise and vibration could disturb occupants of either the new development or other existing properties nearby. ACA Acoustics can assess the impact of the new plant and provide cost-effective and practical solutions to control noise and vibration to acceptable levels.

We are also able to assess noise to ensure compliance with Passivhaus Standards, including from MVHR and air source heat pumps.

As the design progresses we provide advice relating to the sound insulation performance of separating walls and floors between dwellings to ensure compliance with The Building Regulations Approved Document E. During the construction phase we can also undertake site inspections and provide ongoing advice to the contractor and design team. Finally, we can undertake the pre-completion sound insulation tests required for Building Control approval.

We have assisted with projects ranging from large-scale residential developments, high-rise apartment blocks, mixed-use buildings, and high-end residential dwellings, through to single infill houses, and the change-of-use of office or other buildings to residential flats. Please give us a call to discuss how we can help with your next development.

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"I want to share with you my appreciation for the honesty and sincerity you have shown throughout our work together.

It’s getting rarer these days that clients’ interests are put ahead of pressure to generate fees.

I would definitely recommend you to others."

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.

I would not hesitate with recommending their services as they are my preferred company for acoustic consultancy."

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.

As I say, these guys know their stuff and are extremely competent and most professional."

Sanchia Ascroft – The Thatch Barn, Yelling

"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