Noise Assessment for Change of Use | Arcus Consulting


Noise Assessment for Change of Use – York, Yorkshire

Client – Architect 

Scope – A noise assessment was undertaken to support an application to restore a historic grade II listed building in the centre of York.  Consultation was undertaken with City of York Council to agree noise limits for the development, based on the design criteria specified in BS 8233:2014.  A site survey was undertaken to determine the existing levels of noise from nearby town centre activities, principally pub and club noise over the weekend.  After analysing the data taken during the background noise survey, it was found that the existing building façade did not reduce noise sufficiently to meet the criteria set by the council – as such additional mitigation would be required.

Solution – Due to the historic nature of the building, standard double-glazing could not be installed.  Research was therefore undertaken to find bespoke secondary glazing that would meet the required attenuation, while retaining the historic aesthetic of the building.  This approach was agreed to be an acceptable compromise with the client, and subsequently planning approval was granted by City of York Council.

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