Energy & Defence - CSP Acoustics Services & Noise Assessments

Our Approach

CSP Acoustics has been involved in a range of Energy sector, as well as a number of defence related projects. Wind turbine impact assessments have ranged from single turbine desktop assessments, to small wind croft as well as major large turbine projects across Scotland – where background noise surveys and iterative predictions have been required. CSPA has also been involved in Impact Assessments of small-scale hydro generation projects as well as a number of major Combined Heat and Power projects – where, for example, noise issues due to timber stripping and chipping processes were major concerns to neighbours and operators.  CSPA has also been involved with a number of defence (and gun sports) related projects where shooting noise concerns were paramount and where survey measurement and assessment were critical issues.

CSP Acoustics worked with clients and Local Authorities to ensure that project parameters were adjusted and noise control measures introduced to address the concerns of all involved and to secure satisfactory outcomes.

As part of the Energy & Defence sector, our services include...

Environment and Noise

Negotiations with Local Authorities will be required to establish the criteria for assessments, especially now that PAN 1/2011 gives each Local Authority the ability to set down its own criteria and standards. In addition locations for background noise monitoring surveys will need to be agreed as well as various aspects of use of ETSU-R-97 and amplitude modulation corrections when dealing with Turbine projects.

Planning & Building Control Applications Support

For many projects compliance with Environmental Standards and Planning requirements can be critical to development viability either in relation to gaining the Planning Approval, in compliance with Planning Conditions within an existing Planning Approval, or in challenging a Local Authority decision by Appeal. CSPA can provide a range of services to assist with these objectives as outlined on our Planning & Building Control Applications Support pages.

Compliance & Monitoring

One consequence of many Energy and Defence (e.g. shooting noise related) projects may be a requirement to demonstrate compliance with Planning Conditions that limit noise levels at noise sensitive receptors and this may require the client to carry out and report on agreed or conditioned monitoring programmes. CSPA has substantial experience of such monitoring regimes, can assist with negotiations on and compliance with such agreements and can ensure a cost effective delivery of a compliance programme. See also our Compliance and Monitoring service page and particularly the subsection on Monitoring and Performance Audit.

Early Decisions Make a Difference

It is a fact that the impact of many acoustical issues can be reduced by making appropriate early stage design decisions - site layout, building planning, materials and structures choices can all affect the magnitude and therefore cost of dealing with noise, privacy and communication issues. To help designers become more aware of the impact of acoustics on design and development CSP Acoustics is happy to provide CPD Updates on Acoustics and Noise issues to design practices and client organisations. Lunchtime, or longer, CPD sessions can be arranged for delivery in-house to suit client and design organisations.

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