Construction and Demolition Noise

The impact of noise and vibration from demolition and construction sites upon the existing nearby community can be substantial.

At the planning consent stage it is not unusual for local authorities to place conditions which seek to control this impact upon the local community. This may take the form of a request for a ode of construction practice (or prior consent for works in accordance with S 61 of the Control of Pollution Act, 1974) which may stipulate management controls, hours of permitted working, special restrictions relating to night-working etc. requests for the type of plant to be used etc. The planning consent may also impose noise or vibration limits at either the closest receptors or at the site boundary and may ask for levels to be monitored to verify that these levels are not exceeded.

In some cases the environmental protection officers from the local authority may serve a Section 60 notice (of the Control of Pollution Act, 1974) which stipulates other controls which the contractor must comply with. Ultimately if the local authority is not satisfied that the impact is being sufficiently managed they have the power to order the contractor to cease working.

24 Acoustics has considerable experience of assisting our clients in the management of noise and vibration from demolition and construction sites. Our services include provision of calculations to determine the likely noise and vibration level from certain activities (which can be undertaken at the pre-planning application stage or as part of an environmental impact assessment), producing a code of construction practice and Section 61 (of the Control of Pollution Act, 1974) application and compliance monitoring during the works.

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