Environmental noise is defined by the European Environment Agency as ‘unwanted or harmful outdoor sound created by human activities, including noise emitted by means of transport, road traffic, rail traffic, air traffic, and from sites of industrial activity.’
Controlling noise emissions to the environment from any development – whether it’s industrial, commercial, or residential, is key to managing our shared noise environment.
Here are examples of the work we do in environmental noise:
Noise surveys and noise impact assessments for planning, including for new developments, new external plant items, and noise emissions from commercial and industrial developments. Often these are carried out in accordance with BS4142 or BS8233.
Troubleshooting – typically where a factory or venue has received complaints from neighbours or has been asked by the Local Authority or Environment Agency to deal with noise emissions.
Noise abatement notices – investigating the cause of the abatement notice and developing solutions to solve the issue.
Environmental permits – we have worked on several anaerobic digestion plants and CO2 facilities to model noise emissions and gain approval from the Environment Agency, or SEPA in Scotland.
Noise from road and rail – we create computer models of proposed new or modified roads and railways to predict their noise impact and assess the effectiveness of mitigation measures such as barriers and alternative routes.
As the workplace evolves, more and more people are working flexibly – whether that be late at night, from a sun terrace in Italy, or in a specially designed co-working space.
Clockwise provide the latter – contemporary private offices and shared workspace with flexible membership plans. With sites in Belfast, Edinburgh and Glasgow, we were delighted to be asked to work on their “new kid on the dock” at the iconic Edward Pavilion on Liverpool’s world-famous Albert Dock.
Appointed by international construction company Ardmac in 2018 and working alongside architects 74, we were asked to help with specifying partitions between the workspaces. Sound insulation is very important for bustling co-working spaces, helping to provide settings that support different activities, such as having private conversations, focused/individual work and collaborative sessions.
We assisted the partition specification and detailing to maintain sound insulation between different workspaces while ensuring we didn’t impact the fabric of the building, which is a 19th century warehouse with preserved original features, including cast iron columns, Victorian brickwork and barrel vaulted ceilings.
We also worked on building services noise control, particularly on the upper floor, which features air handling units sitting on plant decks suspended within the open plan office space.
A historic building on a historic site, we’re proud to have worked on this challenging and exciting project.