The recent period of settled weather has certainly been helpful in catching up with the environmental noise assessments for new housing development and we have had the sound level meters out working hard on several sites across the South West. We have completed a BS8233:2014 environmental noise impact assessment for a new development site of 16 homes in Bideford, Devon and also completed some further background site assessments for another project in Cornwall requiring acoustic assistance.
For completed development projects we have also undertaken Approved Doc E sound insulation testing at an historic property conversion in Weymouth, Dorset and the conversion of a former commercial property into dwellings in Crediton, Devon.
And, if that wasn’t enough we have also re-visited the naval protection vessel in Appledore shipyard to complete a few further noise level assessments for the ship builders in line with the Code of Noise Levels on board ships and some emergency alarm level assessments before she sails off to the new owners in Ireland.
We then spent a noisy and dusty half day in a precast concrete manufacturer in Plymouth, Devon assisting them further with their Noise at Work Risk Assessments and hearing protection advice.
New enquiries have included a BS4142:2014 environmental noise impact survey for a potential generator noise problem in Lyneham and a similar request for a hotel kitchen extraction unit in Gloucestershire , assistance with achieving noise conditions and planning for a pub in Bournemouth, Dorset and even acoustic design and testing advice for a nursing home development in line with Approved Doc E and Health Technical Memorandum HTM08-01 for a site in Devon.
So with the weekend here and the outlook sunny it appears that I have a few reports to write, a few quotations to complete and a catch up in the office before next week’s onslaught – who said the life of Acoustics is routine!