What We Do Best

Examples of projects we have worked on.

Dover Western Docks Revival Project (DWDR)
Client: VSBW Joint Venture

Kent based construction noise experts for Section 61 The DWDR project transformed the waterfront with the construction of a new marina pier and curve for new shops and restaurants against a backdrop of the White Cliffs and relocated cargo operations with a new terminal and distribution centre. Our role on the project was to advise on noise & vibration control so the client could balance the demands of the project with local amenity and business interests.
We provided long term monitoring, preparation of Section 61 applications and calculations. To do this we built a model that took account of the project specific challenges such as, irregular site geometry (changing relative sea-land levels and meteorologically influenced surfaces), simultaneous land and marine-based activity and directivity of individual sources.

The predictions were continually checked against a series of 'spot check' measurements which gave the project confidence in our work.

  • Our work on the project was commended.
  • From the time of our engagement there were zero substantiated complaints
  • All measured levels were within tolerance of the predictions.

Meriden Hall *Award Winning Project*
Client: Hasker Architects

Acoustic Design Advice for planning applications The site at Meriden Hall is a Grade ii* listed building and permission for the project was granted on appeal, as was considered more sensitive than usual. We provided acoustic design advice and assisted with the discharge of conditions for the new 'Glass House' which was the subject of the application. Among the challenges was the environmental element: how to integrate a new sound source into an area of low background sound where this was previously absent and keeping the level of impact to a minimum.

  • Acoustic Design
  • Regional finalist for the Civic Trust Award
  • Selwyn Goldsmith Award

Industrial Estate, Carlton Road
Client: Gallagher Estates

Able Acoustics, Detailed BS4142 Assessment for planning application This new industrial estate required a greater level of detail combined with a balanced approach due to the nature of the use and the sensitivity of the area. A preliminary evaluation of the wider area was carried out, looking at site usage history, nearby site uses - some of which had a history of complaint in respect of noise nuisance (as well as unrestricted hours of operation) and also other non-industrial sound sources present in the vicinity of the application site. To carry out the assessment we looked at the construction of the individual units to determine the likely level of sound egress based on a maximum level that could be expected, the typical operations that could be present (such as associated mobile plant and deliveries on site) and any fixed plant such as air conditioning units. We also looked at sound generated by vehicle movements on local roads that may also have the potential to affect nearby premises to provide a detailed assessment.

  • Evaluating the Performance of the Building Construction
  • Evaluation of Fixed and Mobile Sound Sources
  • Objective Evaluation of the Cumulative Levels of Activity

Chatham Waterfront Development
Client: Medway Development Company Ltd

Able Acoustics, Area Redevelopment, Noise Assessment We have been engaged as the Acoustic Consultant for the Chatham Waterfront Development since 2016. The project seeks to regenerate the waterfront and introduce new residential and commercial uses. The project has expanded as the design has progressed and so have our requirements. We have examined sound from road traffic sources, including changes to traffic flows in and around the bus station and sound from commercial/industrial sources (for both fixed and mobile operations) which included the nearby pumping station and associated 'Big Screen'. We also assessed the level of sound ingress for any proposed residential units and the necessary ventilation & glazing requirements. This was particularly challenging where penthouses and habitable rooms with glazed facades were proposed and further compounded for the proposed buildings with complex site geometry.

  • Baseline Measurements
  • Software Modelling
  • Calculation Based Mitigation Requirements

Palmerston Road, Lorry Parking Facility
Client: Romac International

Able Acoustics, Lorry Park, Noise Assessment Lorry parking facilities are rarely welcome and are often contentious. This is partly attributable to human factors (on site behaviour), but also the perception of change to the existing acoustic environment and local attitudes which is recognised in BS 4142.
For this project we monitored baseline levels over an extended period of time. The site was also comparatively large, so we took multiple measurements at equal spacing across an existing facility. The measured levels were factored up (by the capacity of the proposed facility) to obtain realistic source area levels for the proposed facility. Specialist software was then used to calculate the output levels at all nearby dwellings. As part of this exercise additional consideration was given to air horns & refrigerated units as well as any changes to traffic flows for a more reliable assessment and to identify any necessary mitigation requirements.

  • Detailed Site Measurements
  • Calculation Based Mitigation Options
  • Site Noise Management Plans