Glasgow University Data Centre - CSP Acoustics

Glasgow University Data Centre

CSP Acoustics completed a Noise Impact Assessment on behalf of Graham Construction to purify a planning condition relating to plant serving a new Data Centre at the University of Glasgow. The planning condition required that noise from plant serving the building was limited at residential properties. CSP Acoustics reviewed the proposed plant scheme noise emissions to determine if these were likely to be met.

Project Overview

One of the main difficulties withthis project was to compile all of the plant information and data. Having done so; we were able to use our expertisein noise mapping analysis to pictorially demonstrate the propagation of multiple noise sources to the local authority. Had we utilised a different method, it would have proved extremely difficult for a layperson to fully understand the findings in our report.

Calculations of plant noise impact were made using proprietary noise prediction software CadnaA® (Computer Aided Noise Abatement) developed by Datakustik andthe general methods of calculation set out in ISO 9613. This software allows full consideration of noise emissions travelling through a three dimensional environment.

The results of the assessment successfully determined that plant noise would meet with specified limits at the nearest dwellings, consequently allowing the Glasgow Council planning condition to be purified.


Graham Construction Ltd.

Key words

Noise Impact Assessment/Plant Noise/Room Acoustics/ASHRAE

Project Information
  • Consultation Period: 2017
  • Completion: Under Construction
  • Project Value: Unknown
Project Team
  • Contractor: Graham Construction Ltd.
  • M&E Engineers: TUV STD Ltd.
  • Acoustic Consultant: CSP Acoustics LLP
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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