Gym Noise Assessments
Applying for planning permission for a new gym or fitness studio? A noise and vibration assessment is likely to be required, to make sure your free weights area, fitness classes, and treadmills don’t disturb the neighbours.
Gym Noise Management
For the majority of gyms and fitness studios, a Noise Assessment is a necessity to support a planning application, particularly if it adjoins another property.
Noise Assessments are produced to assess the risk of adverse impact from noise ‘pollution’ generated by a proposed development on noise-sensitive receptors (NSRs), with the objective of controlling this risk sufficiently.
Furthermore, a Noise Management Plan outlines how the gym operator will mitigate noise and respond to any complaints they received. Fortunately for a gym, there are plenty of measures which can be taken to control noise issues.
Having this assessment done sooner rather than later is the best way forward to manage noise and vibraton levels. Retrospective action, i.e. fitting in new floors, new ceilings, or buying rafts of new equipment, can be very costly!
What is the purpose of a Gym Noise Assessment / Survey?
Control internal noise transfer through separating walls and floors
Gyms can be noisy! Most gyms will have some sort of background music, and many gyms will almost feel like a night-club at times during a spin class. Weights areas are also a high impact area, with free weights occasionally being dropped or thrown purposefully on to the floor. This impact can cause a significant amount of structure-borne vibration and noise, which could be heard even several floors above, unless we do something about it.
Mitigate noise from building services
Most gyms are mechanically ventilated and therefore have externally mounted/exhausting plant. An assessment in accordance with BS 4142:2014 is necessary to reduce plant noise emissions from being noticeable at residential dwellings.
How can our Noise Consultants help?
Baseline Noise Surveys
We can get to sites all around the UK and conduct noise surveys spanning several days, with minimal fuss and a quick lead time. We could be at your site in 2-3 days.
Noise Modelling and Comprehensive Calculations
If we could only use on word to describe our approach to noise assessments, it would be 'comprehensive'. Our attention to detail leads to a robust assessment, but also one that is cost effective for the developer, avoiding over specificed constructions.
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 Healh Officer (EHO) at the local council.
Experts in Gym Noise Assessments
ParkerJones Acoustics consultants are experienced in providing acoustic consultancy support to gyms and fitness studios across the UK, from our offices in London and Bristol.
We know exactly what it takes to get a noise assessment through the planning process without a hitch, and we go out of our way to make sure this is the case.
Our experienced noise surveyors and consultants can turn around high quality noise assessments within a few days.
So if you have a gym, and particularly if you have a planning condition which referenced BS 8233 or BS 4142… give ParkerJones Acoustics a call, where you’ll get a fair and honest evaluation at a competitive price, wherever you’re based.
Guidelines for Gym Noise Assessments
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 all types of neighbouring development.
Noise from Pubs and Clubs
Sounds like an odd standard? Well this standard refers to the noise impact of music on neighbouring residential developments, and therefore is relevant to music systems within a gym.
BS 4142:2014 ‘Methods for rating and assessing industrial and commercial sound’
If a gym has a mechanical ventilation system, then a BS 4142 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.
How far do we travel for Gym Noise Surveys?
We’re able to offer acoustic consultancy services for offices across the nation, including cities such as London, Birmingham, Manchester, Bristol, Cardiff and Swansea, throughout the UK.
Give ParkerJones Acoustics a call, where you’ll get a fair and honest evaluation at a competitive price, wherever you’re based.
Noise survey reports, acoustic surveys and noise assessments at a competitive price, to the highest quality. Noise surveys to BS8233, BS4142, BB93, BS5528, ProPG, BS7445, NPPF…
Gym Noise Consultants you can trust
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"I reached out for some support on an acoustic related issue that we see troubleshooting at our plant. The support I got was excellent and very thorough."
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"I received an excellent, well informed and quick service. Chris has the expertise expected and is a true professional. Thank you."
"Chris (director) is fantastic. Lovely guy. Friendly efficient and honest. My new music room is superb and I couldn't have got the result I did without his help. I would refer and definitely use again."
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"Very economic and efficient. Helpful and very informative. Definitely use again on future schemes."
"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."
"Thank you very much for the investigation you performed and the report you wrote which has helped us with a persistent noise problem from a neighbouring business."
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