The control of environmental noise may be one of the keys to a better quality of life but it is also an important legal requirement. At Adrian James Acoustics we carry out many different types of noise assessments, usually arising from planning applications or the need to comply with building regulations.
In each case, we use an impressive variety of specialist sound monitoring equipment, along with professional testing software. We assess noise in a wide range of locations – from farms, houses and shops to mineral extraction sites.
Initial discussions with the client are often followed by an AJA consultant liaising directly with the relevant Environmental Health officer. Our Senior Environmental Acoustics Consultant Michael Cheong was himself a former Environmental Protection Officer, so his experience is invaluable.
Retail businesses, builders and private individuals are our main clients, and recently Michael followed up an enquiry from the White Stuff store in Southwold, Suffolk. The job involved monitoring air conditioning condensers at the rear of the recently-opened shop in the heart of the seaside town. Detailed measurements were taken of the units themselves, as well as external factors. In this case, the sound of Sunday morning church bells and seagulls near to the site all had to be taken into account.
Our technical report was compiled in line with British Standard 4142:2014 and presented as definitive evidence to the local authority. This meant that our client, White Stuff Ltd could rest assured that their air conditioning system was operating quietly, keeping their neighbours happy as well as the District Council.