Industrial Noise Surveys / Noise Assessments
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.
As experts in noise, we have years of experience conducting noise surveys and noise impact assessments for a wide range of industrial facilities, 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 Industrial Noise Survey?
Industrial noise assessments are regularly required to support a planning application for new developments 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 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.
Other 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
Industrial Noise Assessment Services
Baseline Noise Surveys
Noise surveys can be required for nearly all types of development 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.
Industrial 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.
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.
Retail and Restaurants
Many high street premises require a noise assessment, particularly with flats above. Kitchen extract fans, air conditioning units, and chillers, can all generate significant levels of noise. ParkerJones Acoustics can turn around noise assessments for commercial outlets quickly and efficiently, so give us a call today.
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.
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.
What's our approach to Industrial Noise Assessments/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 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
Industrial Noise Consultants you can rely on
"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."
"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!"
"We approached ParkerJones Acoustics for advice regarding a Noise Impact Assessment for a planning application. We cannot thank him enough for the prompt replies we received, the professional manner of his approach and the knowledge and expertise he had of the technical and planning issues. We would use Chris (director) of ParkerJones Acoustics) again and highly recommend him and his company."
"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."
"We sourced ParkerJones Acoustics consultants to help us with our planning application for a wedding venue. We found Chris (director) to be incredibly helpful, knowledgeable and professional in helping to produce a fully comprehensive noise assessment which resulted in a positive planning application. Communication was second to none and we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend his service."
"I can’t recommend ParkerJones highly enough. I engaged Chris (director) 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 reccomend them to anyone"
"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!"
"Parker Jones Acoustics provides a fantastic, efficient service with excellent attention to detail. Within two days we had noise monitoring taking place capturing data on site - under a week and the report (incredibly informative without being too wordy) had arrived. Highly recommended!!"
"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"
"Carried out a Noise Assessment report for a listed building which achieved planning permission. Delivered promptly and professionally. Extremely pleased with the service and would happily recommend and use their services in future."
"Excellent speedy response from ParkerJones Acoustics, and high-quality report provided in support of our planning application. Really impressed."
"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"
"ParkerJones Acoustics were pro-active in addressing difficulties in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic. Their experience and endeavour shone through the alternative quotes I obtained, and the finalreport exceeded my expectation; an impressive piece of work delivered in very good time. A happy customer; thank you Chris"
"Chris was most helpful, responding quickly and professionally to our request for a noise survey. He sent the results to us within a day which was much appreciated. I would definately recommend his service, and would also use his company again Thank you"
"Used this company to perform a noise and vibration survey for my air conditioning planning permission. It was handled very professionally, good advice given and quick turnaround. Very happy with the service."
"Great service from ParkerJones Acoustics, clear fast communication, fast turn around on work and competitive prices. I would highly recommend for any acoustic work."
"I needed some guidance in a hurry and Chris was on the end of the line with a very clear no nonsense reply. Very much appreciated"
"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."
"ParkerJones Acoustics helped significantly reduce the echo in our office by recommending acoustic treatment and sound insulation fittings. We’re now finding it much easier to work without disturbance and are able to use our meeting spaces without worrying about confidential conversations being overheard."
"I received an excellent, well informed and quick service. Chris has the expertise expected and is a true professional. Thank you."
"On behalf of Cantor Properties - Fantastic company, great service. Efficient, with a high level of professionalism. Would highly recommend!"
"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."
"Highly professional and no issues at all. Would recommend to anyone. Answered all our questions. Gave a report which perfectly answered all the councils requirements."
"Joy to work with and went above and beyond for us to satisfy the landlords requirements. Highly recommended and will be using again for the rest of our sites."
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"Very professional and helped me get through a tricky project. I would definitely recommend ParkerJones Acoustics to my clients. 5 star service!"
"Was very happy with the information provided by ParkerJones Acoustics. Chris was very helpful, being clear and thorough with all communications."
"Chris' deep expertise is matched by his focus on giving you only the input you need, instead of everything he could potentially bill you for. I wish other professionals operated on the same footing."
"Fantastic communication and extremely professional. All our questions answered and did an amazing job with the report for the council. Highly recommend if you do not want any hassle get in touch."
"ParkerJones Acoustics exceeded expectations; quick turn around on the report, great communication and a friendly service. We will be using them on our other projects!"
"On behalf of Cantor Properties - Fantastic company, great service. Efficient, with a high level of professionalism. Would highly recommend!"
"We’ve had problems for years with our house in London suffering from noise and vibration from the railway station a matter of metres away and being on a busy road. Chris from ParkerJones Acoustics did a brilliant job of helping us soundproof the existing windows, he clearly is a very knowledgeable noise expert and explained everything to us really simply. I can now get a decent nights sleep!"
"Chris (director) really is an expert & knows exactly what he is talking about which is a rarity these days. He replied promptly by email to my initial enquiry and followed up with a phone chat to discuss in greater detail the problem of the noise nuisance I have been experiencing from the flat above. Chris is a great listener and proposed a couple of solutions which he then sent on by email within an hour and which I am now following up. He also wants to know the outcome- a true professional and I would definitely recommend him. I cant thank him enough for his invaluable advice and insight."
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"I recently used ParkerJones Acoustics to investigate and advise on the soundproofing between my old victorian flat and the one above. We were looking at putting in a new kitchen with a ventilation system which we needed to ensure that noise and vibration would not be an issue and that the changes would constitute an improvement of sound insulation, as requested by the freeholder of the building. Chris really is an expert and is extremeley knowledgeable and resourceful, his report and emails were very comprehensive and he was even sending us information into the early hours of the morning, clearly a very hard worker!"
We had ParkerJones Acoustics to assist us with a noise problem in a recently purchased residential flat. Chris provided a fantastic service. He was extremely responsive and the work that Chris did was a very high standard. His knowledge of the subject is amazing. I would not hesitate to recommend Chris and ParkerJones Acoustics
"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."
"Chris is very knowledgeable and works hard to get you the best result when it comes to soundproofing. Very professional and quick to come back to you - would recommend 100%!"
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