This large-scale residential development close to Birmingham city centre presented us with a range of noise sources to evaluate.

The site presented us with a number of noise related issues to address to support a planning application for two large apartment blocks in an up and coming area of the city.

The site was surrounded by a range of commercial units including a shisha lounge, car repair garages, a pub and a number of small factories. We were also obliged to measure traffic noise from different roads to reflect the noise impact at elevated positions which were not yet realised. On top of this, were carried out a railway noise assessment to assess the noise impact of the chiltern line which became audible (again at elevated positions) as daytime noise levels subsided. Noise monitoring was carried out over a week-long period to capture all the relevant noise sources and fluctuations in the noise climate. 


The first job was to assess the noise impact of a nearby factory. Whilst manufacturing noise was inaudible, the company used a diesel fork lift truck to load distribution lorries, which parked up along the street. The forks generated a loud clang when they hit the drop curb coming in and out of the unit. Attended noise monitoring with copious site notes enabled a thorough assessment of this noise, and the potential impact upon the future residents.

Railway Noise

Railway noise levels were predicted to became audible through the evening and night at the upper floors which had direct line of sight to the Chiltern line (200m). Accurate noise monitoring at the site was not possible due to the distance involved and the fact that the busy Digbeth High Street lay between the railway line and the site. As such, we arranged with a local business to use their staff car park at the rear of their commercial unit which bordered the railway line. This enabled us to measure train noise in the absence of Digbeth traffic noise. The assessment proved that railway noise levels fell within the newly issued WHO guidance criteria for railway noise issued in 2018.

All other noise sources were investigated and despite the complex noise climate, the report concluded that there was no significant noise risk through the evening and night, with an adverse daytime noise impact generated only from the fork lift truck movements.

The team at Blue Acoustics has extensive experience across the full spectrum of noise related consultancy. All staff are trained to MSc level in Applied Acoustics and are members of the Institute of Acoustics, which is considered the industry gold standard for acoustics professionals.

We regularly service clients throughout the UK, in particular Birmingham, Bristol, Exeter, Devon and Somerset. We cover a range of disciplines such as Noise Surveys, Noise at Work Assessments, Industrial Noise Surveys, Residential Noise SurveysSound Insulation TestingHospital Acoustics, School Acoustics and Office Acoustics.

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