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Noise Impact

Noise Impact Assessment

Unwanted noise can intrude on many areas in life. Similarly, noise impact assessment is a broad term and can apply to a wide variety of sectors and services. Typically, noise impact assessments are requested by a planning permission or environmental health officer to ensure that your development is not adversely impacting on communal, residential or businesses that are situated nearby. 


Over the years, we have worked with many different types of clients and gained experience in offering bespoke noise impact assessment solutions that are suited to both exacting standards and budgets.

What is a noise impact assessment?

As the name suggests, a noise impact assessment will try to predict the impact that noise from your development is likely to have on the surrounding area. There are many reasons that developments require a noise impact assessment. This could be anything from a business extending its hours of operation, to a new construction project in a city centre. In each of these examples, the client would need to know the likely impact that their project would have on the surrounding area. Finding out the answer to this 

question in advance can save a lot of money, hassle and time in the long run.

What is involved in a noise impact assessment?

A good quality noise impact assessment will:

  • Determine the existing level of noise (i.e. the baseline noise) at the proposed development
  • Predict the level of impact that the new proposal will have on this existing noise climate

The specific type of noise impact assessment methodology will vary depending on the type of noise source that is of interest. However, a quality noise impact assessment will essentially involve measuring the existing noise climate that is associated with your development, as well as assessing the impact that the new proposal is likely to have on this climate. There are many different types of noise that can potentially impact on the surrounding area, including railway, aircraft, road traffic and industrial noise. Nova Acoustics Ltd have years of experience aiding with all kinds of noise impact assessment and our work is always informed and undertaken to the latest Government legislation and guidance.

What if my project is particularly noisy?

Noise exists in all facets of life and is only a problem if it significantly impacts on people who don’t want to hear it. The main purpose of a noise impact assessment is not to determine if a project is likely to cause noise, but if anybody is likely to be significantly adversely impacted by it. If this is the case, we can use our years of experience to help clients mitigate the impact of noise through realistic, tailored acoustic solutions.

How do I proceed with a noise impact assessment?

As the scope of noise impact assessments can vary enormously, the best thing you can do is contact us directly to discuss the specific needs of your project. We will offer you practical, cost-effective advice about how to proceed with the noise impact assessment for your project. Contact us via the form, or ring us, to speak with our friendly and knowledgeable team about your noise impact assessment requirements.

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Service Areas

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Case Studies/Projects

Residential Noise Surveys

Traffic Noise Survey: Taylor Wimpey

Taylor Wimpey requested a Noise Impact Assessment to analyse the impact from a busy road on a parcel of land to be developed into 100+ dwelling houses. We conducted a in-depth environmental noise survey to address the noise incident across the site, from this basis we created a noise model to accurately specify appropriate acoustic fencing for the site. From the noise model we provided a scheme of sound insulation for the dwellings, including the provision of glazing and ventilation specifications, to ensure the amenity of the future occupants was adequately protected from noise ingress.  

BS4142 Noise Survey

BS4142:2014 Noise Impact Assessment: HMRC

NOVA Acoustics Ltd provided a noise impact assessment in accordance with BS4142:2014 for the installation of 11 No. Air Conditioning units at the HMRC Headquarters at Lower Thames Street, London. The process involved a 72 hour environmental noise assessment to ascertain the prevailing background sound level without the units in operation. We then assessed the likely level of impact from the units by creating a noise model of the proposals to accurately calculate the specific noise level at the closest sensitive receptor. To ensure the impact was minimised we provided acoustic design advice and mitigation measures to minimise the noise generated. 

Acoustic Testing

Acoustic Testing & Diagnostics: Leeds University

Following a recent refurbishment we provided acoustic design and consultancy to improve the privacy between offices at Leeds University. We conducted a schedule of onsite sound insulation testing to ascertain the existing sound reduction provided by the separating walls between offices. Whilst testing we conducted an appraisal of how the sound was transferring between the two spaces to allow an efficient approach to providing acoustic design guidance to improve the level of Sound Insulation. We provided acoustic solutions to ensure that the offices could be utilised for private discussion, So that if the neighbouring office was occupied the conversation was not intelligible. 

Noise Impact Assessment

Noise Impact Assessment of CHP Plant: Calvert Trust

We were asked to provide a noise impact assessment of the proposed installation of a Combined Heat & Power Plant at a site with very low background sound levels. We conducted a 96 hour background sound survey to ascertain the background sound levels over a weekend and weekday period. This provided the basis for the noise impact assessment  which was conducted in accordance with BS4142:2014. To ensure the plant was below the background sound level, we provided acoustic design advice which included acoustic enclosures and exhaust silencers, as well as relocating and shielding the sound levels. 

Industrial Noise Assessment

Industrial Noise Assessment BS4142:2014: Peaking Power Plant

NOVA Acoustics Ltd have provided a noise impact assessment for the installation of 10 No 2MWe Gas Generators that supply the national grid at times of peak demand. If unmitigated the gas generators have high noise emissions from both the engine and exhaust adn typically require bespoke enclosures and acoustic silencers for the exhaust system. We conducted a background sound survey to ascertain the background sound level at different periods throughout the daytime and night time.  Following this we produced a noise model that assessed the noise emissions of the generators at the closest sensitive receptors. To ensure 'Low Impact' good acoustic design was implemented to mitigate the noise emissions. 

Sound Insulation Testing

Sound Insulation Testing: SIG Roofspace Plc

SIG Roofspace asked NOVA Acoustics Ltd to undertake a series of sound insulation testing on a construction detail to allow use within the Robust Details scheme. We visited a number of sites to undertake sound insulation testing to ascertain the acoustic performance of the detail. All technical reporting and guidance was provided to ensure the construction detail could be put forward for approval within the Robust Details Certification Scheme. 

Accreditations & Memberships

  • ISO-9001
  •  Institute Of Acoustics
  • Construction Line
  • LABC
  • IEMA
  • HAS

testimonials

- Paul Hastings

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30th May, 2017

I engaged Nova at the outset of my project (which I recommend you do) to assist with providing a detailed material specification and installation guidance. There was always someone available to help with practical enquiries and advice...

- C.G. Henry

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29th Nov, 2017

I had Adam come round to a property which i thought was beyond repair. He gave sound advice with exact details of what needed to be carried out in the most cost effective manner. Once the works were carried out he returned, tested it...

- Andrew Youngson

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6th Dec, 2017

I have worked with the team at nova on a number of projects and have always been very helpful and competitively priced. Highly recommend this company for any sound test and report.

- Carol Chaplin

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

14th Jun, 2017

Excellent service, engineer was very informative and helpful.  Good customer service being able to speak to knowledgeable people on the telephone when making inquires about the procedure involved for the sound testing of our property...

- Bun Bar

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2nd Dec, 2015

Good efficient service. Recommend it to all.

Bright Construction UK Ltd

- Gavin Boby

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9th Nov, 2015

Very attentive and friendly service, keen to serve the client, and absolutely not about dragging the case out for fees - will work to save the client fees, and understand the practicalities of the case and the opposition that applications...

- Ejaz Shah

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9th Nov, 2016

Adam was very attentive and very professional answered all my questions and returned all calls the engineer arrived at the time agreed and again explained everything before carrying out the test , and we received our report within couple...

- Charles OKell

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23rd Feb, 2017

Its a tricky area and you need the right support, Paul Robinson  brought Adam's team to the table and we'll be working together again in future for sure.

- Ainsley Black

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14th Dec, 2016

Although we had followed the building reg, in terms of sound insulation the property conversion still failed the sound Test. Adam was very helpful and professional and guided us to the point that when it was retested again we passed. Would...

- Robert Buchanan

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

19th Jun, 2017

Friendly efficient and cost effective service, without complication

- Hepple Property Care Ltd

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

26th Oct, 2017

Very quick service, would recommend to others

- Ian Fairbairn

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

20th Dec, 2016

Excellent service and communication with all the members of staff we had dealings with.  A very professional approach and attitude by all.  An experience that is refreshing within the building sector and a company I could recommend...

- Daniel Cogdon

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

2nd Oct, 2017

Fast turn around and great service, recommended

- Allan Proctor

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

21st Sep, 2016

Excellent service by Adam and the team at Nova. The service they delivered was efficient, competitive and I would highly recommend them!

- Carol Richards

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

20th Jul, 2016

Having selected Nova Accoustics to perform a sound test on my latest project, I found the whole process completely professional, prompt & efficient .

The phone contact to set up the appointment was extremely  helpful...

- Michael Dickinson

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1st Mar, 2017

Having used Nova Acoustics on several projects, I would not hesitate in recommending this company.

- Steph Openshaw

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

7th Sep, 2017

Fantastic service very quick and punctual highly recommended.

- Chris Bullerwell

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

22nd Nov, 2016

Used Nova Acoustics to sound test a property we'd converted in the Newcastle area.

Excellent service from start to finish. Professional, helpful & reliable throughout...highly recommended.

- Andrew Holmes

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

23rd Mar, 2017

Really helpful team of people and very quick service, which was greatly appreciated.

- Siying Lid

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17th Aug, 2016

We are a small design firm and NOVA Acoustics provided very sufficient services to our clients with reasonable price. And they are quick to respond too.  Highly recommended.

- Floors By Design Leicester

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

24th Apr, 2017

Very good company, communicated all the way through.  Competitive pricing, I will be using them again in the near future.

- Stewart Greenhalgh

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

6th Jul, 2017

First Class, prompt professional service. I will recommend to other clients.

- Frank Kenny

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

5th Oct, 2017

Excellent  service so far and will be contacting them again for their services.

- Kelly Freakley

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

26th Jul, 2017

Fantastic service from this company at a very reasonable price, would definitely recomend....

- Robert Myers

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27th Apr, 2017

I used Nova acoustics to sound test my basement flat conversion for the building control certificate

And found them to be professional and friendly. The test was done mid afternoon and I had received by six o'clock the same...

- Stephen Shaw

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13th Jul, 2017

Excellent service. Would recommend to anyone needing assistance with matters arising from acoustics and noise.

- Rick Parsons

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29th Jun, 2017

iKoustic have worked with Nova Acoustics for some time now and they are constantly thorough, professional and super helpful in everything they do ... They are certainly our partner of choice ... Rick

- Carl Smoult

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10th Aug, 2017

Prompt, friendly, efficient, professional... would recommend and use again.

- Gary Oliver

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20th Mar, 2017

As most of you reading this message are now probably aware  the difficulty of finding guidance and compliance of the part E building regulations is an arduous task. Well search no more! Adam at Nova Acoustics not only talked me through...

- Kate Whitehead

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27th Jul, 2017

Speedy quote, arranging the testing & report! Seb was really friendly & efficient onsite. Highly recommend!

- David Hope

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

26th Sep, 2017

Came promptly at the requested time. Did the work professionally and in good time and provided the required reports so no issues or problems to report.

- Mark Girdham

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27th Jul, 2017

NOVA provided a fast and efficient service. They came to carry out the sound tests on my 8 Bed HMO, which was a change of use from 4 flats. Very friendly and professional service. Mark (Hull)

- Simon Phillips

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4th Oct, 2017

Excellent company, providing a professional service at a competitive price and a quick, hassle free  experience. I would recommend them to anyone.

Simon Phillips  Salisbury Poultry Ltd

- Peter Phillips

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31st Aug, 2017

Excellent service from start to finish.

Highly professional team who where very accommodating to the team on site and worked exceptional well with everyone.

Having worked with other companies within the same...

- Claire Gannon

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

31st Oct, 2017

Excellent speedy service, Luigi was very proficient and professional at carrying out his job, a real asset to the company. Thank you Luigi. Kind Regards, Ant Mason

Clients we’ve worked with

  • ITV
  • Unilever
  • Sig
  • Leeds University
  • Morrisons
  • Taylor Wimpey
  • City of Stoke On Trent
  • Hambleton District
  • Calvert Trust
  • Aldi
  • Arnold Laver
  • Broadley
  • Engie
  • Gardiner Theo
  • Iggesund
  • Oxford University
  • PepsiCo
  • Richmonshire
  • Savills