Construction noise, vibration and dust (NVD) can be a significant issue for active construction sites, and is an important consideration for any contractor or developer planning a construction project. From mobile plant such as excavators and dumpers to piling rigs, the noise, vibration and dust from these can have a detrimental impact on community relations if not handled properly.
We are able to provide reliable advice on how to navigate the tricky business of controlling these emissions and complying with any limits imposed by the Local Authority.
The assessments follow the guidance of British Standard 5228 Parts 1 and 2 (BS 5228:2009-1, BS 5228:2009-2, British Standard 7385 (BS 7385), British Standard 6472 (BS 6472). The process starts with our assessment of your proposed schedule of works, including details of any construction noise and vibration plant and operations. We will liaise directly with the Local Authority, Party Wall surveyors or other interested parties to establish their requirements, and to understand the local context.
We also advise on the best approach when it comes to obtaining a Section 61 agreement and have considerable experience in helping main contractors and demolition contractors in submitting Section 61 agreements to the local authorities.
Where necessary we can carry out noise monitoring surveys around the site, and identify any noise-sensitive receptors (NSRs). Together with knowledge of your intended operations, we can model this using powerful software, which then informs our advice. We can help you plan the site layout and operations to minimise the potential impact of any noise, vibration and dust emissions.
A construction noise, vibration and dust mitigation plan can help significantly in terms of obtaining Section 61 agreement, or minimising the likelihood of complaints. Our advice is provided in a clear and concise format which can be readily interpreted by potential contractors and sub contractors. In turn, this makes the tender process run more smoothly.
We also have the equipment and experience in completing long term noise, vibration and dust surveys. The equipment we use sends instant alerts when your limits are being exceeded or are close to being exceeded. We always issue weekly reports with the results and monitor the alerts 24/7 to ensure our client stays within their Section 61 requirements. We are currently working on a number of these scheme across London and the south east, our experience in these areas has assisted us in building up a repeat client base with main contractors, project managers and demolition contractors.
In addition, we can provide advice on occupational noise, vibration and dust exposure. This can be done ahead of time, to expedite the process by enabling contractors to plan their operations in advance.