Yearly Archives: 2017

Noise Abatement Society John Connell Awards 2017 – ProPG wins Soundscape Award

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

400,000th sound insulation test registered

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.

How to do PR for acousticians

ANC has recently appointed a PR consultancy to raise our profile and that of the acoustics sector in general. Trade association communications specialists Shepherd PR have been tasked with the activity, which will focus on promoting the expertise of the Association and the profession we represent, across print and digital media channels.


As part of the service, Shepherd PR is providing a free ‘How To Do PR’ session which will offer a grass roots approach to the subject.  It takes place as part of the next Company Meeting on Tuesday 19 September at 2.30pm at AECOM, Aldgate Tower, 2 Leman Street, London E1 8FA. The session is being led by Jane Shepherd, the founder and MD of Shepherd PR.


Subjects tackled will include;

  • Brand mapping – articulating your message and working out where to take the message.
  • Channels and Platforms – the types of media you can use, some obvious – some not so obvious.
  • Story themes – creative ideas to make your story more compelling.
  • Sources and types of communications – new and traditional news of getting your story across.
  • Creating dashboards to measure success– ways of measuring success and defining a good outcome
  • Compliance – an insight into keeping on the right side of the law.

Details have been sent to all contacts on our membership list. If you would like to attend please let us know.


ProPG launched on 22 June

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

Conference 2017 presentations

Copies of the presentations made at the conference on 21st June 2017 are available for download here.


Outdoor Sports Noise Impact Assessment

A1 Application of Sport England Guidance

A2 Assessment of noise from AWPs

A3 MUGA – local authority perspective


Ventilation and Overheating

B1 Overheating in Buildings

B2 Ventilation why and how

B3 Acoustics Ventilation & Overheating Guidance

B4 Researching noise and overheating


Noise and Health

C1 Noise-related sleep disturbance

C2 Noise,sleep and high speed rail

C3 Tools for Assessing Night Noise Impact wide