A noise survey can be required for nearly all types of development. Be it a baseline noise survey for a planning application, or an operational noise survey to assess plant noise emissions. Noise (and vibration) surveys and noise impact assessments are our core service as an acoustic consultant.
Noise Survey Experts across the UK
As experts in noise surveying, we have years of experience conducting noise surveys and noise impact assessments for a wide range of projects, across the UK.
Our noise consultants provide a nationwide service, conducting noise surveys to support initial planning applications, discharging planning conditions, environmental permits, occupational noise at work assessments, or noise investigations post-occupancy.
As a small independent acoustic consultancy, we pride ourselves in providing a noise survey and noise impact assessment which is comprehensive, competitively price, and clearly communicated, cutting back on the jargon.
We’re happy conducting noise surveys for BS 8233, BS 4142, BB93, BS 7445, HTM 08-01, BS 5228-1, PPG 24, the ProPG, and many more.
What is a Noise Survey for?
Measuring the existing ambient noise environment
When dealing with new developments, we need to think about the impact that noise in the surrounding area will have on the future occupants. We also must be considerate of the noise generated by the development impacting on other existing properties in the area. For both of these reasons, we need to determine what the baseline levels of noise around the site are.
Monitoring operational noise emissions
On the other hand, perhaps our development is already built? We may need to survey noise emissions from mechanical plant to demonstrate compliance with a BS 4142 related planning condition. Or in high noise workplaces, a noise at work risk assessment and survey is often required by law.
How can our Noise Consultants help?
Baseline Noise Surveys
Our surveyors can get to sites all over the UK and can conduct noise surveys spanning between a couple of hours to several weeks. Call now and we could be at your site in 2-3 days.
Operational Noise Surveys
Noise surveys are regularly required to demonstrate compliance once the development has been built, to satisfy a planning condition, meet the buidling regulations, or comply with government health and safety law.
Construction Noise Surveys (BS 5228)
If a development is in a dense urban area, it may be appropriate to assess construction noise. Whilst construction noise is somewhat inevitable, there are ways of mitigating and managing it to minimise the impact as much as possible. Hence a construction noise survey and construction noise mangement plan are conducted.
High Quality Noise Survey Reports
Our noise survey reports leave no stone unturned. But don't worry, they are also structured in a way which is easy to follow. Our noise survey reports tell a clear story which instills confidence with the Environmental Healh Officer (EHO), and is clear to the client about the next steps. they need to take.
Do I need a Noise Survey for a Planning Application?
The most frequent reason for needing a noise survey or noise impact assessment is for planning permission.
A noise survey is commonly required when developing a noise sensitive development such as residential house, apartment or hotel, an educational facility like a school or university, or a healthcare facility.
If the site is near to a transort noise source like a busy road, railway, or airport, or perhaps an entertainment venue or bar, or even an industrial facility or a quarry… then it is likely the Local Planning Authority will request a BS 8233 noise survey (or a ProPG noise assessment) to be undertaken. The aim of this is to ensure that reasonable internal and external amenity noise levels can be achieved at the new development to allow the occupants to live, learn, or work without undue disturbance from noise.
On the other hand, many developments generate noise themselves. If a development (no matter how big or small) has external plant such as air conditioning units, chillers, generators, or extraction fans, then this noise could have an impact on nearby properties. Therefore in these cases, the Local Planning Authority are likely to ask for a BS 4142 noise survey, to minimise this potential adverse noise impact.
Lastly, in some cases a development may need to consider the temporary noise impact it generates from construction noise, in accordance with BS 5228, as part of an S61 application.
The overall aim is to following the National Planning and Policy Framework and Noise Policy Statement for England.
Types of Noise Survey
Residential Noise Surveys (BS 8233)
A baseline noise survey and noise impact assessment is required to ensure adequate living and sleeping conditions for the future occupants of proposed residential developments, by designing the facade and ventilation strategy to limit external noise ingress. We specialise in offering a robust and comprehensive noise survey and assessment to support your planning application.
Industrial Plant Noise Surveys (BS 4142)
A plant/industrial noise assessment is regularly required for any new industrial development, to limit the impact on nearby noise-sensitive receptors in accordance with BS 4142:2014. Further noise monitoring is often conducted once operational, as part of discharging planning conditions and obtaining an environmental permit, as well as achieving credits under BREEAM.
Construction Noise Monitoring (BS 5228)
Construction noise assessments are an important aspect of creating a noise and vibration management plan. This is often required under a planning condition, or under a Section 61 application, gaining prior consent for construction works and demonstrating that noise emissions will be controlled using best available techniques.
Education Noise Surveys/Assessments (BB93)
A noise impact assessment for a school must consider two aspects. Firstly, the impact of noise ingress on students ability to concentrate and learn, meeting BB93 internal noise targets. Secondly, noise emissions from the school impacting on existing local residents, including plant noise, activity noise, and playground/MUGA/sports pitch noise. A noise survey is nearly always necessary.
Healthcare Noise Surveys (HTM-08-01)
Internal noise conditions are important for patient well-being, therefore an external noise survey aids in ensuring the facade is designed appropriately to mitigate against external noise intrusion. Healthcare facilities also generate a lot of noise through mechanical plant and ambulance sirens, hence a baseline noise survey is needed to assess noise pollution.
Traffic Noise/Vibration Surveys
The noise impact of any new proposed infrastructure should be assessed, with the support of a transportation noise assessment. Whether it be road, rail, or aviation, a noise (and/or vibration) survey is likely to be necessary to protect the amenities of local residents. We’re able to conduct long term monitoring of noise, vibration and weather conditions to investigate traffic noise complaints.
Noise at Work Surveys (Occupational Noise)
A noise at work survey is regularly required by law for employees subject to long periods of sustained exposure to high noise levels. Employers must follow the Control of Noise at Work Regulations set by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), taking action to reduce the noise exposure to workers. An occupational noise assessment is a legal requirement.
Wind Farm/Turbine Noise Surveys
A wind turbine noise assessment in accordance with ETSU-R-97 is a legal requirement before the development of any new wind turbine/farm, from single turbine to large scale Section 36 farms. Our robust approach stands up to scrutiny from the Local Planning Authority. We offer site specific turbine surveys and desktop noise assessments.
Entertainment Noise Surveys
For developments such as pubs, clubs, bars, music venues, festivals, places of worship, or other entertainment/leisure premises which produce high noise levels, through music or amplified speech, you may require an entertainment noise survey. Our noise assessments support planning, licencing, and noise abatement appeals.
BREEAM Noise Assessments
Noise surveys and assessments to achieve acoustic related credits under Hea 05 and Pol 05 of BREEAM. Our noise assessments can support any type of building in demonstrating compliance with BREEAM acoustic performance standards. We are ‘suitably qualified acousticians’, able to comply with Hea 05 and Pol 05 of BREEAM.
A vibration survey is commonly required to assess the risk of human exposure to vibration in buildings which sit close to roads, railways, and industrial facilities. Our vibration surveys and assessments in accordance with BS 6472 are designed to support new developments which are to be constructed close to vibration sources, or existing properties with vibration complaints.
Noise Survey Guidelines
BS 8233:2014 ‘Guidance on Sound Insulation and Noise Reduction for Buildings’
This is the most commonly referenced guideline in local planning policy and planning conditions. The guidelines suggests appropriate criteria and limits for different situations. This includes internal and external noise criteria for residential developments.
BB93 - Building Bulletin 93 - Acoustic Design of Schools
The mandatory guidelines under the Building Regulations. BB93 is a specific acoustic design standard which applies to schools and higher education facilities. All new and refurbished/change of use schools must follow the internal noise level criteria within.
The Professional Practice Guidance on Planning and Noise (ProPG)
The ProPG, published in 2017, is a design guide for new residential development that are exposed predominantly to airborne noise from transport sources. It is considered to be the most relevant and up to date design standard for assessing the noise impact on new residential developments.
WHO ‘Guidelines for Community Noise’
Also commonly referenced within local planning policy, the Guidelines for Community Noise sets out guidance as to noise levels at which there will be an unacceptable impact on residential dwellings. This guidance considers many different types of noise sources., including those associated with schools.
BS 5228 ‘Code of practice for noise and vibration control on construction and open sites – Part 1: Noise’
The go to construction noise guidelines with appropriate noise limits, typical noise levels from construction activites, and a methodology for predicting levels of construction noise. BS 5228 Part 2 also covers vibration from construction sites.
BS 4142:2014 ‘Methods for rating and assessing industrial and commercial sound’
If an development has a mechanical ventilation system, then a BS 4142 noise assessment will be needed 99% of the time. It is intended to be used to assess the potential adverse impact of sound of an industrial and/or commercial nature, at nearby noise-sensitive receptor (NSR) locations within the context of the existing sound environment.
Noise Surveys throughout the UK
We regularly travel around the country to carry out noise surveys from south England, to west Wales, to North Scotland, and even occasionally over the Irish Sea. Many of our noise surveys are conducted near to major UK cities such as London, Birmingham, Manchester, Bristol, Nottingham, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Swansea.
Even if you’re based outside the UK, get in touch, we may be able to help.
Give ParkerJones Acoustics a call, where you’ll get a fair and honest evaluation at a competitive price, wherever you need your noise survey.
What developments do we conduct Noise Surveys for?
Houses, flats, and student residential to the ProPG, BS 8233, WHO, and AVO guidelines
Factories, workshops, depots, recycling centres, power stations in accordance with BS 4142
Schools, colleges, and universities to BB93 and BREEAM
Hospitals, care homes, and medical centres to HTM 08-01
Cellular and open plan offices and retail in accordance with BREEAM and BCO
Theatres, auditoriums, music venues, cinemas, pubs, clubs, broadcast & recording studios
Leisure centres, sports pitches, MUGAs, skate parks, stadiums, zip lines, swimming pools
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Police stations, fire stations, law courts, libraries, transport depots
Can a Noise Survey be done during COVID-19?
It depends on the type of noise survey that is required. Of course the lack of traffic on the roads and people on the streets does mean thing that things are quieter than usual.
But this doesn’t mean that there isn’t an alternative method of asessing noise through reviewing historical noise survey data, using complex noise mapping calculations, and sourcing data from Government strategic noise mapping studies. This is a method that is endorsed by the industry bodies in acoustics (the IOA and the ANC), and is being accepted by Local Planning Authorities.
During COVID-19, ParkerJones Acoustics are offering this service at a reduced price. If a planning condition is then attached that requires a site noise survey later on when things return to ‘normal’, then we can conduct the survey and update our report at cost which tops up the overall price to what we would have originally quoted. This means there is no risk of repeating work and additional costs to our clients.
The coronavirus lockdown has put a temporary stop to noise surveys. But, we believe noise assessments can still be done without a noise survey.
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"ParkerJones Acoustics recently helped us to discharge a planning condition and was very professional and accommodating. Chris (director) worked alongside us to model various window configurations of the property to establish where acoustic mitigation measures were required. This enabled our client to address matters strategically rather than simply blanketing the whole site with the worst-case scenario, in turn saving our client time and money. I would not hesitate to recommend ParkerJones Acoustics and I look forward to working alongside him soon."
"I have recently used the services of ParkerJones Acoustics to carry out a Noise Impact Assessment as part of a planning condition for an industrial development my company was building in the Scottish Highlands. From their same day quote to their equally prompt site visit and final report I have had a truly excellent service from this company, especially in comparison to some of the larger companies I have used in the past who were considerably more expensive. I am genuinely pleased to say I would have no hesitation in recommending Chris and his team at ParkerJones Acoustics to any business or individual requiring their services."
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"Chris has provided us with an excellent service, he's swift at responding and very knowledgeable in his area of work. We needed a noise survey undertaken due to an unauthorised installation of extraction fans at a local sports club close to our home. His report, which he turned around in 24 hours for us, was professional, clear to read and interpret. I highly recommend ParkerJones Acoustics Consultants."
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"ParkerJones Acoustics provided our client with a very comprehensive Noise Impact Assessment report in support of a planning application for a micro-bar in the centre of Shifnal. A competitively priced service which was delivered in fast response to the Planning Authority's request. The application was successful. Thank you Chris!"
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"Chris was very knowledgeable and professional. We were seeking planning permission for a cafe and this was granted in part due to the excellent report by ParkerJones Acoustics. Chris really listens to the specific detailed requirements set out by his clients. Thanks very much Chris."
"I can’t recommend ParkerJones Acoustics highly enough. I engaged Chris to produce a noise and vibration report for residential air conditioning and was extremely impressed with the level of communication and professionalism throughout the process. The final report was of exceptionally high quality and I will happily recommend them to anyone."
"ParkerJones Acoustics carried out an acoustic survey for us in a planning application for a new home. They were very professional in their approach and both Chris and Tom were very easy to deal with. Their recommendations seemed fair and balanced and we are hoping the council will agree. It was an expense we could have done without, but their fee seemed reasonable and includes any follow up from the planners, so we would have no hesitation in recommending them."
"Used Parker Jones Acoustics on a project in Dundee. Noise assessment was a last minute requirement from local planners and could have severely delayed things. Chris got on board quickly, engaged with the planning team and was able to fast track the assessment. Result = positive planning decision 4 weeks later. ParkerJones Acoustics are now part of our team for future projects"
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"Chris at Parker Jones Acoustics has been faultless. We had a deadline to hit and he was very proactive around reaching that deadline, even in the current climate of COVID19. I've been very impressed and equally was my planning consultant very impressed"
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"Chris Parker Jones carried out an excellent noise assessment for us, detailed and yet easy to follow. Easy to contact and very helpful follow ups. Very professional."
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