Environmental Noise and Vibration

Environmental Noise & Vibration and IPPC
Almost all industrial operations have the potential to generate noise and vibration which, in turn, have the capacity to cause nuisance at nearby receptors. Regulatory authorities normally require noise and vibration assessments to be undertaken as part of planning or licence applications for new industrial developments. In addition, operators often also must satisfy Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) regulations which relate to how the environmental impacts of the site are managed.

Planning for Noise
The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) has created opportunities and challenges for planners and planning consultants.Local or national regulatory authorities normally require a noise assessment to be undertaken as part of planning or licence permit applications for new industrial developments which have the potential to produce noise and/or vibration that could affect existing residential or other noise sensitive areas. Likewise, the effects of existing noise and/or vibration on proposed sensitive development need to be assessed at an early stage to allow sustainable controls to be incorporated in their design.

Our Services
The Acoustics & Vibration Group can assist operators with environmental noise and vibration management and permit applications with the following range of services:

• Noise and vibration assessment to accompany a planning or licence permit application for a new/modified industrial sites 

• Prediction of noise propagation and impacts using complex 3D modelling software packages

• Provision of engineering design advice to ensure that the noise and vibration emissions from a proposed new or modified/existing plant complies with appropriate limits

• Full technical support following the EIA process from masterplan development, through the detailed impact assessment and support at Public  Inquiries or Hearings as an Expert Witness

• Policy advice and support to government and other regulatory bodies, including detailed review of robustness of noise and vibration assessments presented with planning applications

• Liaison and negotiation with regulatory authorities regarding noise limits and planning or environmental licence permit conditions

• Ambient noise and vibration monitoring to BS, EN and ISO standards 

• Development of noise management plans and environmental noise management systems

• Prediction and monitoring of construction noise and vibration

• Prediction and measurement of road, rail and aircraft noise

• Acoustic design advice and specification, including façade and room-space analysis

• Construction Management Plans, and COPA Section 61 Agreements

Other related services offered include prediction, assessment and monitoring of construction noise/vibration, occupational noise and vibration risk assessments.These assessments can also be combined and carried out at the same time as other services carried out by Bureau Veritas, including air quality assessments, thus reducing costs for our clients. 

Why Choose Bureau Veritas?

The Acoustics & Vibration Group is a UK specialist team in Bureau Veritas and operates as part of a wider global team of acousticians.  Our team of experienced consultants are all members of the Institute of Acoustics (IoA) and offer specialist noise and vibration consultancy to a wide range of clients.  We pride ourselves on our customer focus, and are able to bring experience from a wide range of sectors, to help our clients achieve compliance with legislation and best practice

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Acoustics and Vibration Group
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