Noise & Vibration Surveys

Pre Construction Noise/Vibration Assessments

During the planning stage of a development, it is always necessary to assess a proposed site in accordance with National Planning Policy Framework requirements. For this reason, a noise survey would be necessary. The noise survey would be organised in such a way so that it can encompass the simultaneous investigation of all possible noise sources (noise from road traffic, rail traffic, air traffic or a combination of noise sources).

Its duration would be 24hrs, however longer noise monitoring periods can be undertaken should it be required, in order to obtain a better statistical sample of the noise profile around the proposed development site. A vibration survey would also be undertaken should the site be close to a railway line, or any other source of vibration. The data analysis would involve breaking down the measured time-history into daytime and night-time and calculating the corresponding average noise levels in order to better understand the acoustic identity of the proposed development site and its acoustic footprint.

We recognise that glazing specification is a very delicate procedure which can have a significant impact on the project’s budget. For this reason, detailed calculations would be undertaken, based on the outcomes of the environmental noise survey, providing a pragmatic glazing specification, rather than just a “worst case scenario”.

The final noise assessment report would be robust, consice and fully compliant to all requirements of current British Standards and Good Practice Documents (WHO Guidelines, BS8233, Local Authority’s planning requirements).
At UK Building Compliance, we are fully trained to carry out a wide variety of noise and vibration surveys. We are able to arrange a suitable survey to suit your budget. There are several different types of noise surveys and each type is tailored to the project itself and the requirements of the local authority. Noise and Vibration Surveys are carried out during works in order to demonstrate compliance with planning regulations. An example of survey requirements are listed below:

  • Short term attended measurements to determine background noise levels
  • Long term unattended measurements using a multi meter set up to determine the glazing
  • specification for a residential conversion.
  • Single or tri-axial vibration measurement

After we have completed the survey, the results will either form the basis of a standalone report containing the data or contribute to a larger noise impact assessment report which contains analysis and design work.