— Environmental Impact

Section 61

Section 61 of the Control of Pollution Act 1974 covers noise-control measures on construction sites, and the associated applications, conditions and consents for works.

Over the years, Urban Thinking has worked successfully on this issue with numerous clients in the fields of construction, rail and infrastructure, liaising with local authorities to obtain the documentation and permissions that enable a project to go ahead in an urban environment.

We take ownership of the process, creating the templates for submissions, making applications in our client’s name and advising on any queries and issues that might arise.

Noise modelling & mapping

The initiatives we undertake are wide-ranging: from a standard noise-impact assessment to the creation of a distributed noise map to accompany a planning application, or a strategic noise-modelling exercise that defines the noise exposure likely to occur in a given area.

Noise mitigation

Even the best-planned development project can produce noise which, to at least some degree, will prove disruptive to people living and working in its vicinity. Urban Thinking is well informed on specialist, highly practical techniques and technologies for intelligent short-term and long-term noise control.

Noise monitoring

Urban Thinking will expertly monitor noise and vibration, both short-term and long-term, at construction sites, demolition sites, outdoor festivals, outdoor industrial operations, wind farms, airports, sporting events, etc. The impact assessments we produce determine our practical recommendations for noise-mitigation measures.

Dust pollution

Similarly, Urban Thinking will map, monitor and mitigate dust pollution, following guidelines and applying best practice to minimise the inconvenience and discomfort caused by dust.

Urban Thinking offers specialist expertise in predicting and mapping the noise that works and related activities are likely to generate, and in implementing appropriate measures for noise mitigation.

Light pollution

Once again, Urban Thinking’s approach to the management of lighting at the development site is characterised by best practice and hands-on expertise. Clearly, this is relevant in the main to work undertaken at night.