Noise, Vibration and Dust Services

HRS Services provide a range of noise, vibration and dust assessment services to assist our clients with meeting their environmental and Local Authority obligations throughout all stages of their development.

Our integrated noise, dust and vibration provision compiles the experience from both our acousticians and air quality experts, from initial pre-planning application stages, right through to post-construction evaluation.

From comprehensive detailed predictive mapping and assessment, through to real time construction phase monitoring, we can assist with assessing impacts surrounding noise, vibration and dust with advice on the most affordable and feasible solutions to mitigating risks.

Formal assessment of construction and demolition noise and vibration (such as BS 5228:2009) assessment can be carried out prior to work being carried out on site, which is often a pre-commencement condition. It is important to carry out the assessment at the right time to avoid any delays to the construction programme.


The noise and vibration climate at a site can have a significant impact on the design of a building and overall scheme. Common sources of noise such as road traffic, rail, aircraft, and industrial and building services noise are also factors for consideration. For example: on building location, orientation, internal layout, glazing and ventilation strategies as well as on the construction logistics.

As well as evaluating noise and vibration impacts on the design of a construction project, it is also required to assess how any noise and vibration sources from a development may affect the surrounding area. Considerations include:

noise such as road traffic, rail, aircraft, and industrial and building services noise are also factors for consideration. For example: on building location, orientation, internal layout, glazing and ventilation strategies as well as on the construction logistics.

  • Building services noise impact
  • Construction and demolition noise/vibration impact
  • Building or infrastructure operational impact

By offering inclusive noise and vibration assessment and monitoring services, we can cover a wide range of scenarios and requirements, whether it’s to reduce environmental impacts or to improve the acoustic design of buildings or infrastructure on a project.

We have the capability to carry out baseline noise and vibration surveys to meet building performance targets, as well as planning conditions, BREEAM and other sustainability schemes. The surveys are carried out in the initial design stages to achieve architectural design requirements, as well as inform ventilation and over-heating design strategies.

To support planning submissions, we offer assessment and mitigation reports which can be used by architects and building services engineers to notify Local Authorities of a buildings design intent and noise impact assessment (e.g. BS 4142:2014).


Depending on the scope and scale or a project, the duration of construction works and site sensitivity, we offer continual impact monitoring of a new development to meet a range of requirements, including typical conditions set out by Local Authorities.

In order to minimise potential impacts, HRS Services can assist with Construction Environmental Management Plans to identify and recommend remedial measures to mitigating risks. We can also perform a formal detail assessment (e.g. to BS 5228:2009) based on baseline surveys of the site and surrounding area.

HRS uses the latest innovative noise, vibration and dust particulate monitoring stations, which we shall install on site. To allow for a fast response to potential impacts, clients have remote access to a web-based portal for real-time data availability, which can be used to send automated warning alerts – particularly useful where there is a risk of non-compliance with a Section 61 or similar requirement or complaint/s from nearby receptors, such as local residents.


The majority of the UK’s urban areas have been designated Air Quality Management Areas (AQMA’s) by the relevant Local Authority in connection with the National Air Quality Objectives in 1997. If PM10s are one of the issues in the AQMA, the Local Authority may require continuous dust monitoring during the construction or demolition to minimise air pollution and associated health risks to nearby building residents.

Following on from a dust assessment, a management plan (or dust action plan) can be produced to assess risks and outline a monitoring strategy in order to minimise potential environmental impacts a construction site may have on air pollution due to the dust it generates.

Our assessment technique includes monitoring a variety of dust particulates and gas types, including MCERTS accredited PM10 monitoring, which is often required by Local Authorities.


From the experience of our acousticians and air quality specialists, our noise, vibration and dust services aim to assist with minimising the potential environmental impacts associated with construction sites, whilst ensuring compliance with Local Authority planning conditions.

To find out more information, please call 0800 030 4391 or email and one of HRS’s consultants will be happy to guide you.

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HRS can provide you with a complete range of building environmental and sustainability services, meaning you can save time and money, avoid inconvenience and your risks are minimised.

From concept design stage to completion, HRS can work alongside you every step of the way. You and your project would be supported by HRS’s extensive knowledge that has been built up over 30 years, whether you need consultancy or on site advice and guidance, HRS’s large team of consultants and on site technicians are here to support you to make sure that your project hands over on time and within budget.

At HRS we believe strongly in being pro-active and customer focused, providing you with innovative cost-effective solutions.

All you need to do is make one phone call to 0800 030 4391 or email: sending one set of drawings stating what services you require, and HRS will take it from there.
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