Air Pressure, Sound Testing and Air Testing Services UK

Head Office: Sayells Farm, 7 Harlington Road, Upper Sundon, Bedfordshire, LU3 3PE
Tel: 07967 233836 or 07775 623464
Offices in London, Luton and Cardiff

Who We Are

Our Services

Why Air Testing

Why Acoustic Testing

Why Thermographic





Acoustic Testing Services Construction Noise





































View Swept Sine Document




Acoustic Testing Services

Construction Noise

Noise generated by construction activities can be significant and, for large projects, may last for lengthy periods. This can therefore lead to considerable impacts on adjacent residential properties or other noise sensitive developments. The impacts may be greater still if the works must be carried out during ‘out of hours’ during the evening or night-time, when people are generally more sensitive to noise.

Construction noise calculations can be undertaken using our powerful in-house acoustic software modeling capabilities. This allows possible mitigation options to be assessed prior to commencement on-site and the effects of using different plant/techniques or reprogramming to be assessed.

We have an extensive database of noise levels for various types of plant and activities, based on measurements that we have undertaken during numerous site visits. We are familiar with construction techniques and can advise on alternative plant and techniques that may be used to control noise, to reduce the environmental implications of a noisy work environment.

In the United Kingdom, construction noise is governed by the Control of Pollution Act (CoPA) (1974). Section 60 of CoPA allows Local Authorities to take action where they consider that noise from construction is, or is likely to, constitute a statutory nuisance. Section 61 of CoPA allows a person to apply for "Prior Consent for Works on Construction Sites" and that person must demonstrate he will operate Best Practicable Means (BPM). Once a Local Authority has given Consent to the works under Section 61, it cannot then serve a notice under Section 60. Follow the link for comprehensive guidance on CoPA.

Building Acoustics Planning Software
Our software undertakes the calculation of airborne and impact sound transmission in buildings and of airborne sound transmission of outdoor sound. The calculation of sound transmission is worked out by the software which takes into account all sound transmitting elements and systems into consideration which are relevant for the individual room-to-room situation. In addition to the separating and the four flanking elements, doors and windows can be inserted into the separating construction. Further, flanking elements or even airborne sound transmitting systems, such as ventilation and cable ducts, can be added.

All calculation results for airborne sound transmission between rooms and from the outside can be rendered audible with for various interior and exterior sound sources and for different kinds of receiving rooms.

Building Acoustics Planning Software
Building Acoustics Planning Software

We are experienced in the production and submittal of applications for the "Prior Consent for Works on Construction Sites" under Section 61 of the Control of Pollution Act and can provide guidance on the steps which must be taken to ensure that Best Practicable Means (BPM) is being operated.

Noise and/or vibration monitoring is often required for construction activities, for example to demonstrate compliance with noise or vibration limits. We can provide a broad range of monitoring solutions, which can be tailored to meet the requirements of clients and the local authority. These may include long-term unattended noise and vibration monitoring and attended monitoring.


Acoustic Testing - Further Information
For further information on Acoustic Testing please visit the 'why acoustic_testing page'.

^^back to top