BS4142 Noise Surveys & Assessments
A BS4142 noise assessment is regularly required for any new industrial development, or residential development with mechanical plant, to limit the impact on nearby noise-sensitive receptors. We can conduct comprehensive and robust BS4142 noise surveys for all over the UK for industrial facilities, dwellings, education facilities, hospitals…
BS4142 Noise Experts across the UK
As experts in noise, we have years of experience conducting noise surveys and noise impact assessments for a wide range of developments, across the UK.
We 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.
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What's the purpose of an BS4142 Noise Survey?
BS 4142 noise assessments are regularly required to support a planning application for new developments which have ‘sound sources of an industrial or commercial nature’, and which are within close proximity to existing ‘noise-sensitive’ buildings, such as residential dwellings, schools, and hospitals. The purpose of the noise assessment is to ensure that neighbouring properties are not adversely impacted by noise.
The most common BS 4142 noise survey is conducted for plant noise, i.e. from fixed plant such as chillers, condensers, A/C units, air source heat pumps, generators…. and also from other machinery, such as tools within a workshop, production lines from a factory, fork lift trucks and HGVs at a distribution depot..gg.
The requirements for a noise assessment can vary from one local authority to the next. Some authorities will set fixed noise limits outside neighbouring windows – a condition which can be discharged by a desktop report using a 3D noise model to predict noise emissions.
However, most councils will require a full BS4142 assessment – involving a ‘baseline noise survey’ conducted at the property over several days. The noise emissions from the industrial unit are then assessed against a ‘representative background sound level’ determined from the noise survey – generally requiring the plant noise rating level to at least lower or equal to the background noise level, in some cases as much as 10 dB below.
Typical Plant Noise Planning Conditions
BS4142 Noise Assessment Services
BS4142 Noise Surveys
BS4142 noise surveys can be required for a lot of large scale developments as part of planning application. We can conduct short term attended noise surveys or long-term unattended noise monitoring. We provide a nationwide service, conducting noise surveys to support initial planning applications, discharging planning conditions. We could be at your site the next day, so talk to one of our noise experts.
BS4142 Noise Assessments for Planning
Noise pollution from mechanical plant and equipment requires a noise impact assessment to consider the impact on local residents, in accordance with BS 4142:2014. We conduct assessments for small scale machinery, up to large industrial developments such as factories, depots, waste from energy plants, recycling centres, and power stations.
BS4142 Compliance Noise Surveys
A planning consent may often bring with it a planning condition and a requirement to conduct post completion noise monitoring to demonstrate compliance with noise limits set in accordance with BS4142.
What's our approach to BS4142 Noise Surveys?
Our approach is honest and proactive. Our noise consultants don’t keep timesheets or cap hours spent on a project. Our work is done when our client is satisfied. And importantly, we focus on adding value, and not just ticking a box.
As a small independent acoustic consultancy, our industrial noise experts dedicate more time to projects and deliver our service at a competitive price. We’re always on hand to answer queries, aiming to respond within 24 hours. No question is too small.
Our industrial noise consultants work on projects across the nation, including 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 an industrial noise assessment.
BS 4142:2014 Noise Assessments
Assessing industrial noise impacts at nearby residential properties
Industrial Noise Surveys
Baseline noise surveys as part of a robust and comprehensive BS 4142 noise assessment
Noise Investigation Surveys
Assessing the root cause of noise and providing noise mitigation advice
Assessing industrial noise pollution through 3D noise map modelling
Typical A/C Plant Noise Assessment
Background Sound Level Measurements
A trip to site to measured baseline noise levels from a few hours to a few days - before the noise source is installed, or if a retrospective application, with the noise source turned off.
Predictions of noise emissions from the Plant
We will produce calculations or even a 3D noise model (at no extra cost) to predict the plant noise emissions at nearby residential windows.
Analysis of Noise Impact
The predicted plant noise emissions are assessed against the background noise level in accordance with BS 4142:2014 - or a fixed level if stipulated in the planning condition/consultation from the Environmental Health Officer.
Noise Mitigation Recommendations
If predicted noise emissions from the industrial noise source is too high, we'll tell you how to deal with it.
Robust Noise Assessment Reports
Our noise assessments are highly detailed, but also structured in a way which is easy to follow. Our reports tell a clear story which instills confidence with the Environmental Health Officer (EHO) at the local council.
BS 4142 Noise Survey - Step by step
First of all, we need to determine the local planning authorities requirements. This impacts on whether site visits are required to conduct a baseline noise survey are required, or whether a desktop noise assessment will do the job.
Secondly, if a baseline noise survey is required, we take a look at other planning applications in the area. Sometimes a similar application may have occured at a neighbouring property, from which a baseline noise survey may have been done and therefore we can reuse data to make our assessment cheaper!
Thirdly, we will do an initial desktop review – if we think the development/plant is going to be noisy and is unlikely to meet criteria, we will be upfront about this before progressing with the assessment, so our clients can fully understand additional costs they may have to fork out for mitigation, before paying for our services.
Finally, if we progress with the assessment, then we can usually turn these around within 1 – 2 weeks. Give us a call, if we have equipment free, we could be at site the next day.
ParkerJones Acoustics are adept at providing plant noise assessments in accordance with BS 4142:2014. In fact, we have found that many Councils have pointed new applicants to our reports as an example to follow! If you’d like to see one of our noise assessment reports then just get in touch and we’ll send you an example.
Our noise consultants work on projects across the nation, including cities such as London, Birmingham, Manchester, Bristol, Nottingham, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Swansea.
Give ParkerJones Acoustics a call, where you’ll get a fair and honest evaluation at a competitive price, wherever you need an air conditioning noise assessment.
Industrial Noise Consultants you can rely on
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"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."
"Within 48 hours of contacting ParkerJones Acoustics, they were on site and collecting the information he needed. Chris (director) took the time to understand our business proposal; and he was so easy to work with and very friendly and we had a very professional and detailed report in our inbox within a week. A fantastic service that we would not hesitate to recommend, thank you!"
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