Monitoring and assessment of air quality from construction sites


Air Quality Construction Services


Our Air Quality team provides air quality monitoring, modelling and assessment services at all stages of the development process. During construction the majority of air quality services relate to monitoring which may be undertaken by developers in accordance with construction best practice, in response to a complaint or a requirement of a planning condition. This is particularly the case if the site is sensitive, located close to receptors or in an Air Quality Management Area (AQMA). We use our experience in impact assessment to design air quality monitoring strategies that deliver the required information quickly and cost-effectively. Typical monitoring includes:

  • Dust monitoring during demolition or construction
  • Deposition monitoring during demolition or construction
  • Ambient monitoring – in outdoor open spaces
  • Emissions monitoring from particular sources e.g. vehicle emissions from plant and machinery
  • Workplace monitoring – in buildings, around industrial plant

We use the monitoring results to assess compliance, where necessary including assessing associated impacts on receptors including residential properties, schools and hospitals and ecological receptors (including sensitive habitats and designated sites). Dispersion modelling can be undertaken to model the effects of emissions from plant and machinery during construction. For traffic related emissions an assessment is carried out in accordance with the Design Manual for Roads and Bridges (DMRB) screening tool, unless an exceedance of air quality objectives is identified in which case dispersion modelling will be required.

Where potential impacts are predicted to be significant, our air quality consultants can advise on appropriate measures to control air emissions and mitigate impacts.

If you require a construction air quality assessment, or to discuss any other aspect of air quality, please email