Skatepark Noise Assessments and Noise Surveys
Noise is probably the most common concern for local residents and Environmental Health Officers during the planning phase of new skateparks. We help to assess skatepark noise accurately and work with our clients to find creative ways of mitigating noise.
Noise Assessments for Skateparks
Your local area is crying out for some activities for the younger generation. You’ve found a great site bang in the middle of your community for a skatepark… but what’s that, the EHO is concerned about noise pollution?
We’re not surprised.
Noise is often the main concern for proposed skateparks. And to be fair… it should be, skateparks can be noisy places when busy. Furthermore, they’re usually located centrally in the community, with residential properties a stones throw away.
However, there is often a perception that a skatepark is far noisier or more disturbing than other forms of recreational developments such as playgrounds and sports pitches. Is that correct? Well not necessarily.
With the right approach, skateparks and residents can operate side by side without disturbance through careful consideration of noise emissions and how to mitigate them. Our noise assessments and noise surveys for skateparks are designed to assess the initial impact of noise, and then suggest suitable mitigation measures to control it.
Keys to Assessing Noise from Skateparks
Most local authorities will require noise from skateparks to be assessed against the existing background noise level, determined from a baseline noise survey.
We create a bespoke 3D noise map model of the skatepark in action, accounting for 'rolling noise' (from wheels), 'impact noise' (jumps, tricks, falls...) and people noise, predicting noise emissions to nearby residential properties.
Noise Mitigation and Planning
Simple changes to the layout of a skatepark and the use of artistic noise barriers can be creative ways of screening local residents from noise.
Acoustic Guidelines relevant to Skateparks
World Health Organisation (WHO) ‘Environmental Noise Guidelines for the European Region’
A commonly applied guidelines for residential developments which suggest suitable internal noise levels in residential properties for good living/sleeping conditions, and external noise levels which would constitute a “moderate” or “serious” annoyance.
BS 8233:2014 ‘Guidance on sound insulation and noise reduction for buildings’
Internal noise levels inside bedrooms should not exceed 30 dB LAeq at night or 35 dB LAeq during the day. Hence noise emissions from skateparks should seek to not exceed this target at nearby residential properties with open windows.
‘Guidelines for Environmental Noise Impact Assessment’ by Institute of Environment Management & Assessment (IEMA)
Considering the impact of an increase/change in average ambient sound levels from the existing baseline.
The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) guidance document ‘Clay Target Shooting: Guidance on the Control of Noise’ (2003)
Contains a method for assessing short high level impulsive sounds, which could apply to some of the noise characteristics experienced in a skate park.
Hire a Noise Surveyor to help your Skatepark achieve planning permission
ParkerJones Acoustics consultants are experienced in providing acoustic consultancy support to skateparks and similar recreation/sporting developments across the UK, from our offices in London and Bristol.
Our noise assessments are comprehensive and robust in approach, leaving no stone unturned.
We go the extra mile to achieve a design which is both aesthetically pleasing and functional for the skatepark operator, whilst being sympathetic to noise impacts on local residents.
We’re able to advise on the layout and constructions of skateparks to minimise noise breakout.
How far do we travel for Skatepark Noise Surveys?
We’re able to offer noise assessment services for skateparks 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.
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Talk to an Acoustic Consultant about your Skatepark
We can provide noise surveys and noise assessments across the UK. If we’re not near you, that’s fine, we can hire sub-consultants to conduct the noise survey, and then we’ll produce the noise impact assessment report.