umour has it that, as we hit 2016, over half a million plots, in the UK are waiting to be built on. That’s half a million homes, close to existing properties, that will need to ensure that the neighbours are not inconvenienced by construction noise and vibration.

If you are a housebuilder or developer with plans for 2016 are you prepared? Have you done all your environmental noise assessments? There’s no getting away from noise and vibration on a construction site but, with careful planning, it need not be a problem at any stage of a development.

At noise.co.uk our specialists are particularly experienced at working with major housebuilders and developers. We have worked on a range of residential and mixed-use development projects from the planning stage right through to final pre-completion testing.

We know how to help clients keep the noise down and we have learned many things over the years. One of the most important is the benefit of getting an acoustics specialist on board as soon as possible. It’s the best way to make sure that there are no surprises or delays when it comes to the acoustic integrity of your building project. A good acoustics consultant (and we are good!) will:

  • Work to your specifications to ensure your development reaches the highest acoustics standards.
  • Make sure that whoever has responsibility for getting your building works through pre-completion test is properly guided through the process.
  • Check your plans against the Approved Document E recommendations to ensure that the correct design is being specified by the designer.

If the development is in an area that is prone to transport or industrial noise you’ll need to make sure that each home is acoustically designed and built to keep external noise levels to a minimum. Get the acoustics experts in early so that you can build homes that occupants will be happy in and avoid the hassle of dealing with costly remedial solutions.

Whatever stage your housing development is at, why not contact us for details of how we can help you build acoustically superior homes and keep the neighbours happy.

For those developments at the pre-planning stages we also offer advice and assistance in getting planning permission where noise is an issue.

By Deborah Rowe
LABC Acoustics
Noise.co.uk