On Tuesday 31st October the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Defra Thérèse Coffey presented the team who produced the ProPG Planning Guidance with the Soundscape award at the Noise Abatement Society 2017 John Connell Awards, the ‘Noise Oscars’, held at the House of Commons.
This landmark Guidance complements the UK Government’s National Planning Policy Framework and Guidance to provide practitioners with an industry-recommended approach for the first time for new residential developments both internally and externally. It advocates full consideration of the acoustic environment through state of the art design principles from the earliest possible stages of the design and development control processes.
Full press release available here – John Connell 2017 ProPG press release
Robin Mackenzie Partnership (RMP) were commissioned to undertake the completion sound testing at new build flats and houses in Alva, Clackmannanshire, which have been developed using Offsite Volumetric Construction. Nicola Robertson, a consultant at Robin Mackenzie Partnership, completed the milestone test at the site.
Robert Osborne of ANC, said: “The ANC Registration Scheme for pre-completion testing was established in 2004 by members of the association, who wanted to make the process as streamlined, cost effective and straightforward as possible. Since then it has gone from strength-to-strength in the industry.
“Benefits include the ability, if required, for our registered testers to provide advice on overcoming problems which may be identified during the test.Clients are provided with a unique task number and password for every test undertaken.
“This, with an ANC sound insulation test report, allows the Building Control Officer to verify the test has been undertaken by a qualified tester and confirm the results.
The Professional Practice Guidance on Planning & Noise (ProPG) produced by the Association of Noise Consultants (ANC), the Institute of Acoustics (IOA) and the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) launched on 22 June 2017.
The long awaited guidance is available as a download here