Monitoring and assessment of noise from construction sites


Construction Noise and Vibration

Prior to construction work commencing, a construction noise and vibration assessment be a requirement of the planning permission, and will usually be undertaken in accordance with the guidance in BS 5228. The aim of this assessment is to determine the likely levels of noise and vibration arising from the construction project, and to design suitable mitigation measures into the construction plan.  This often presented in the form of a Construction Noise Management Plan.

Noise and vibration monitoring is often required pre-construction to determine the baseline levels in the area, and then again during construction works to ensure that local residents, businesses, or (in the case of vibration) sensitive buildings or infrastructure are not damaged by excessive vibration levels.

What we do

By working with Arcus, we can ensure that your construction project is not held up by noise and vibration issues, keeping you on time, and on budget.

We offer the following services:

  • Liaison with Local Authorities – or other interested parties to negotiate appropriate noise limits, site working hours etc.;

  • Desk-based modelling and assessment – to support planning applications or to discharge pre-commencement planning conditions;

  • Project design input – including advising on suitable plant, acoustic screens / enclosures, and best practice working methods;

  • Preparation noise and vibration monitoring schemes – to provide cost-effecting construction noise and vibration solutions and Construction Noise Management Plans;

  • Undertaking noise and vibration monitoring – on a wide variety of schemes throughout the UK;

  • Investigation of noise and vibration complaints – as well as providing effective resolutions to maintain good community relations;

  • Liaison with Site Managers and Contractors – to promptly address any issues, and advise on appropriate solutions in real-time.

Arcus can provide both short and long-term noise and vibration monitoring, with a package tailored to match the needs of your project. Long-term monitoring can incorporate remote access, threshold alarms and SMS alerts sent simultaneously to any number of staff, either in the office or on site, immediately flagging up potential issues. Alternatively, for lower‑risk projects, we can undertake shorter-term attended measurements during the most intensive construction activities. A key time for attended monitoring of both noise and vibration is often during piling operations.

Our construction assessment and monitoring work is undertaken to the following standards:

  • BS 5228-2:2009+A1:2014 Code of practice for noise and vibration control on construction and open sites;
  • BS 6472-1:2008 Guide to evaluation of human exposure to vibration in buildings;
  • BS 4866:2010 Mechanical vibration and shock – Vibration of fixed structures – Guidelines for the measurement of vibration and evaluation of their effects on structures

Our Experience

Arcus’ highly experienced Acoustics team have undertaken construction assessment and monitoring works for a wide range of clients, including Sisk, Henry Boot, SSE, Kelda Group, and Dawson WAM, providing noise and vibration monitoring, construction noise modelling, and practical, pragmatic mitigation advice.

If you require a construction noise and/or vibration assessment, please email .