BS8233 Noise Surveys in London

BS8233 Noise Surveys in London
APT Sound Testing is a professional noise and acoustic consultancy firm operating in Greater London and the Home Counties. Our fully qualified and highly experienced consultants can provide expert advice and conduct survey analysis into all aspects of sound, such as investigating complaints into excessive noise and/or a BS 4142 London Noise Surveys.

We undertake London noise surveys on numerous potential housing and other noise-sensitive sites throughout the Capital and the UK. Our acoustic surveys cater for sites that may be exposed to noise from road, rail or air traffic and/or from industrial activity.

We undertake wide range of services from noise assessments through to noise mitigation proposals. Where it is proposed to install new plant or equipment, we undertake noise surveys to determine noise emission limits, in line with Local Authority requirements, and provide advice on mitigation.

As a local company we have an in depth knowledge on Greater London planning permissions and local legislation. Our noise consultants are expertly suited to carry out noise assessments, with a wealth of experience in assessing the sound impact of residential, industrial and commercial businesses in the community.

Noise Surveys for New Developments in London
London noise surveys and report should be submitted during the pre-application process and discussions on planning applications. In many circumstances a planning condition will stipulate that a noise survey will need to be undertaken.

Noise surveys are normally carried out at the design stage of the project prior to the commencement of construction., this is to allow the acoustic design of the building to take into account the local noise levels, i.e. if the local noise levels are quite high then the acoustic design will ned to be more robust to mitigate any potential noise problems. Thereafter the local authority may also require post a BS 8182 London noise survey to prove that the noise standards have been achieved within the living rooms and bedrooms. The following information will usually need to be included within the noise survey report.

  1. The reason and scope of the report.
  2. Location plan of the proposed development and likely receptor points such as the nearest residential window/s.
  3. The noise survey Methodology including the noise monitoring location, the equipment used and the weather conditions during the noise survey.
  4. Reasons for deviations from standard methods.
  5. Full table of results.
  6. A comparison of survey results against the noise standards.
  7. Recommendations for noise control measures – acoustic barriers etc.
  8. Full calculations against noise reductions expected to support any suggested noise control measures.

The Different NEC Noise Exposure Categories (NECs)
There are four Noise Exposure Categories based on the level of noise at the development. The NEC in which the site falls determines to what extent noise should be considered in the granting of planning permission. The NEC(s) are usually determined by monitoring noise levels. Potential mitigation options can then be assessed by calculation, and/or the use of noise modelling. Appropriate noise mitigation can then be incorporated into the development at the design stage.

Problems relating to noise during the planning stages can usually be avoided or resolved with a good, detailed and accurate acoustic assessment report and by accounting for robust mitigation measures where and when required.

APT Sound Testing can be consulted on all aspects of acoustic related issues. In addition to sound measurements we also provide invaluable advice on the soundproofing design of walls and floors to meet the standards of Part E of Building Regulations. As a true specialist, we can offer a complete solution. Here are a few of our services:

  • 8233 Noise Surveys to help you achieve planning for your development.
  • Acoustic Design Service to ensure you project complies with Building Regulations Part E.
  • Sample sound testing to check the acoustic performance of your existing construction to allow for targeted acoustic upgrades.
  • Visual site surveys to insure your subcontractors are constructing the acoustic details correctly
  • Pre-completion London Sound Testing in compliance with Building Regulations Part E.

Pre-Completion Sound Testing In London
Pre-Completion Sound Testing is method of showing compliance with Approved Document Part E of the Building Regulations by testing the completed construction prior to handover. Sound Testing Services in the UK required for Pre-Completion Testing (PCT) with respect to Building Regulations Approved Document Part E is carried out when the construction of party walls and floors are complete.

Site Visits & Sample Sound Testing
APT Sound Testing offer Acoustic Site Survey visits to let us view the existing site construction. This allows us to check for potential problematic areas such as lightweight blocks haven’t been used in the existing construction. It also lets us check that the installation teams are installing the acoustic materials as per manufacturer’s guidelines, thus avoiding crucial onsite mistakes. We can also undertake sample sound testing of existing site construction; this offers an accurate overview of the acoustic performance of the existing partitions which enables us to offer a targeted acoustic design which correlates with the sound performance of the existing construction.

BS8233 Noise Surveys in London
London noise assessments are often required at the planning stage of developments that may generate noise, and noise-sensitive developments which may be affected by noise. Some developments, such as mixed use, fall into both categories. Potentially noise generating developments often require a Noise Impact Assessment to be undertaken. This normally requires existing ambient noise levels to be established, typically by undertaking measurements, and the impact of noise from the development to be established. For large developments, it is often necessary to consider secondary effects, such as the impact of increased traffic on existing roads.

Internal noise levels within the proposed buildings can be calculated using our latest noise prediction software. For most buildings, the overall sound insulation performance of the building envelope will depend on the glazing system employed. It may be necessary to stipulate specific glazing and ventilation systems that must be employed to ensure that internal noise criteria are achieved.

If you are an individual or a business with sound problems, and would like to speak with one of our professional noise consultants, please speak to one of our advisors today. The noise assessment process isn’t intrusive, lengthy or costly. Normally we would leave a meter over a 24 hour period which would gather the necessary data automatically, taking into account other factors such as construction, setting and external variables. We could then provide a detailed report and advise how best to proceed.

Contact APT Sound Testing
APT Sound Testing is one of the leading acoustic consultancy firms operating in the Greater London area. For London noise surveys, assessments, studies as well as our full range of London sound insulation testing, please contact our knowledgeable team of noise experts to provide professional and invaluable advice which could save you time and potential costs further down the line – call today on 07775623464 or email