Acoustic Consultants

Noise Surveys

ACA Acoustics carry out noise surveys throughout the UK and further afield.  Surveys are conducted for a variety of reasons and durations.


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What is a noise survey?

At the basic level, a noise survey involves using a sound level meter to measure sound pressure levels in decibels (dB).

Noise surveys – or sound level surveys – are required for many different reasons.  These can include:

  • Determining background sound levels for the assessment of mechanical services equipment in accordance with BS 4142
  • To support a planning application for a residential development to comply with ProPG and BS 8233
  • Investigative sound level surveys to explore noise complaints.
  • Internal noise surveys are used to commission mechanical plant
  • Setting noise limiters for music entertainment venues


Surveys can vary from attended measurements conducted over a few minutes, for example when commissioning noise from mechanical equipment to inside new offices, over a few hours, or alternatively automated monitoring equipment can be used to log background sound levels over a period of 24-hours or more; usually required when assessing noise in support of planning applications.

We have even undertaken surveys with a sound level meter on site monitoring continuously for over a year, with the ability for both us and the client to view results real-time via a webpage portal. This is particularly useful when monitoring noise (and vibration) from construction sites to nearby noise-sensitive properties where automated email and text alerts can be sent when pre-set limits are exceeded.

We provide a high-quality service, straight-forward advice, fast turn-around, and competitive prices. To discuss your project in detail please call or email on the links above.

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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