Impact on acoustic consultancy work
Some points raised by member companies:
Noise levels in many areas will be atypical for perhaps an extended period of time. This raises two key issues:
– how do we do meaningful noise assessments in the absence of reliable data (for both noise break-in and also 4142 assessments) and
– how will local authorities react to this problem.
- Noise surveys may need to be of shorter duration or at different times than would normally be undertaken.
- It may not be possible to use recently collected baseline noise survey information (for example, due to travel restrictions and untypical noise conditions), so previously collected or other alternative comparable data may need to be considered;
- Noise assessment methodologies may need to be amended to take account of technical data that cannot be reasonably obtained at that time. Technical reports and assessment documents may have to contain adapted methodologies from those considered typical, although still following best practice as far as is reasonably possible;
- Environmental Health Officers at Local Authorities will be asked to adopt a pragmatic approach to considering technical documents accompanying planning applications, which, whilst not perhaps being carried out in the typical way, are still technically robust in accordance with good practice.
Build UK has worked with Wedlake Bell to produce comprehensive guidance for all parties in the supply chain on contractual issues caused by coronavirus. Under the circumstances, performance of current contracts is likely to become increasingly difficult ‐ there may be delays, labour and materials shortages, and increasing costs ‐ and the guidance offers practical advice on what to do in each situation.
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CLC letter to Government
The Construction Leadership Council has written to the Prime Minister advocating three key requests that government:
- Ensures all construction sites across the UK are able to remain open, as long as they are able to do so responsibly
- Instructs all public sector construction clients to continue to pay their contractors and supply chain
- Consider implementing financial measures, such as the deferral of VAT & PAYE payments…(to) reduce the burden on business and keep cash moving as long as possible.