Feb 29 2024 / Blog

Who Can Undertake a Noise Assessment?

Noise Assessments should be carried out by suitably qualified acoustic consultants. At Peninsular Acoustics, we have acoustic consultants who are corporate members of the institute of Acoustics MIOA and associate members of AMIOA, with the company being a member of the Association of Noise Consultants.


Association of Noise Consultants

The Association of Noise Consultants is a trade association for acoustic, noise & vibration consultancy practices in the UK. It aims to raise and maintain high standards for acoustic consultancy across the UK.


Institute of Acoustics

The Institute of Acoustics is the UK’s professional body for Acoustics, Noise, Sound and Vibration. Our Director James Healey is heavily involved in the IOA , being chairman of the Building Acoustic Group.


Why Is a Noise Assessment Required?

Noise can be a common issue in a wide range of industries, from construction to sectors such as residential, leisure, industrial, education and healthcare. While sounds can often be brushed off as a nuisance and cause no risk, excessive noise levels can pose significant health and wellbeing risks, and impact the environment required for learning or carrying out surgical procedures, for example. This is where noise assessments come into play.

But what exactly is a noise assessment, and why are they necessary? Read on to learn all about noise assessments.


What is a Noise Assessment?

A noise assessment, also known as a noise survey, is an evaluation of the levels of noise in a particular environment, and typically its impact on the nearest noise sensitive dwellings.

The primary objective of a noise assessment is to assess the noise impact, and provide methods of noise mitigation where required to control noise levels.

Typical examples include the following.


Noise Assessments for New Residential Dwellings

Typically, the external noise environment impacting on the proposed dwellings is measured and the external envelope of the dwellings is designed to ensure acceptable internal noise levels within the dwelling. Normally, we relate to the requirements of BS8233: 2014 and WHO for internal noise level requirements.


BS4142: 2014 Noise Assessments

Typically, when introducing industrial and commercial noise sources into an area as part of a new or existing development, a BS4142 noise survey is required. For example, a new café or restaurant might be constructing a new ventilation stack for the kitchen. The noise produced by the ventilation stack will be assessed in relation to the noise impact on the identified nearest noise-sensitive residential receptors.

The noise survey will consist of background LA90 measurements at the nearest receiver without the new stack in operation. This will be followed by calculations to determine the rating level of the stack at the receiver and how it relates to the background will determine the likely noise impact in conjunction with a context assessment.


Noise Assessments for Air Source Heat Pumps

It is increasingly common for planning departments to request noise assessments for the proposed installation of new air source heat pumps. As the residential sector targets a greener future, the noise impact of air source heat pumps is in the early stages of evolving. Currently, the assessment can be conducted in the form of a BS4142 assessment or in accordance with MCS020 micro generation scheme for air source heat pump permitted development rights.


Noise Assessments for Padel Tennis Courts

Another sector with increasing noise assessment is the leisure sector, with the drive for tennis clubs to introduce padel courts on their sites. A noise impact assessment is required to ensure the nearest residents are not impacted by the new padel courts.


Noise Assessments for New Café’s, Restaurants and Bars

Another sector with regular requirements for noise assessment is the food and drink sector with new café’s, micro-pubs, restaurants and bars regularly being introduced to areas. Again, these all represent noise sources being introduced, whether it be amplified music in a bar or a kitchen ventilation stack, a noise assessment is required to demonstrate the noise impact on the nearest residential properties and ensure this impact is low/negligible. Mitigation measures and noise management measures are typically required.


Why Are Noise Assessments Important for the planning process?

Noise Assessments are carried out during the planning process, so the local planning department environmental health officers can ensure new planning applications have considered noise and its impacts. Environmental health officers need to ensure that new noise sources will not impact on existing sensitive noise receptors, and that new sensitive noise receptors introduced to an area will not be impacted on and complain about existing noise sources within the area.


When Should Noise Assessments Be Completed?

Noise assessments ideally are carried out to support a planning application when it is submitted if noise is believed to be a significant factor. Alternatively, it may be that planning is granted subject to a condition relating to noise.


Noise Assessments at Peninsular Acoustics

At Peninsular Acoustics, we are your go-to for noise assessments. As an expert acoustic consultancy and member company of the Association of Noise Consultants (ANC), we understand the importance of noise within the planning process.

Our team of skilled consultants has a firm understanding of the regulations and guidelines governing noise assessments and can ensure you remain compliant. We utilise state-of-the-art equipment and techniques to measure noise levels and assess the associated noise impacts accurately.

We can ensure that noise considerations are incorporated into the design from the very beginning, ensuring a smooth construction process.

At Peninsular Acoustics, we have been practicing acoustic consultancy for over 20 years and can provide you with a clear and accurate assessment, smoothing the path to planning approval. We carry out noise assessments across the UK in major cities such as Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham, Sheffield, Bristol and London.

For more information on our noise assessment services and how we can assist your company, please contact us today. Let’s work together to control noise and reduce its impact on sensitive receptors.