From the hum of machinery, the transporting of materials, or the shouted conversations of workers, construction projects are most certainly noisy by nature. In fact, the decibel levels on a construction site can rise dramatically, infiltrating through to surrounding environments. While noise might seem an unavoidable part of building, there is an increasing recognition of the importance of mitigating the risks of harmful construction noise, as well as enhancing on-site efficiency and safeguarding construction projects for the future. Here, Mohamed Salim, Environmental Monitoring Project Engineer at KP Monitoring, draws on almost a decade of experience to unpack the vital role of noise monitoring for demolition and construction.
If you pass through a city or large town, your chances of spotting – or more likely hearing – a construction site along the way are undoubtedly pretty high. From short-term, quick fixes to fill pesky potholes to long-term, large-scale projects that boast the next tallest skyscraper, construction works have long been an active part of the hustle and bustle of urban life. And, with Glenigan forecasting renewed growth in the sector in 2024 and 2025, construction projects across the UK aren’t likely to slow down any time soon.
With this comes the increasing importance of recognising and mitigating the risks of harmful construction noise. Companies must aim to adhere to regulations, enhance on-site efficiency and safeguard a sustainable future for the industry. Constant exposure to high or harmful levels of on-site noise can notably cause:
- Health and safety concerns for workforces, such as hearing impairment
- Compromises to on-site communication, leading to potential mistakes or accidents
- Disturbances to surrounding communities and wildlife
- Challenges to local policies and regulations, leading to project disruption or prevention
And, while noise might seem an unavoidable part of demolition and construction, environmental monitoring can play a vital role in managing and mitigating its impact on both the workforce and surrounding environments. Here’s how.
The role of noise monitoring for demolition and construction
Monitoring should not be seen as an inconvenient box-ticking exercise, but is instead an important way of ensuring demolition and construction works do not negatively impact workers, surrounding residents or the environment. Failing to monitor properly also risks facing a Section 60 Notice with commercial implications that could prolong project completion. Choosing to monitor your project correctly with a professional company ensures that you can avoid these pitfalls, providing you with:
- Real-time feedback: Our online monitoring tools provide real-time data on noise levels, enabling site managers to address potential issues immediately, rather than reacting after a problem has escalated.
- Data-driven decisions: With consistent data, construction managers can identify patterns, allowing them to schedule noisier tasks at less disruptive times or invest in noise-reducing technologies, ultimately improving on-site efficiency.
- Total service management: Our noise and vibration service also includes site visits to check the calibration of all monitors, providing summary reports at agreed weekly or monthly intervals, and unlimited data usage, without any additional charges.
- Focused work environments for on-site efficiency: Through monitoring, managing and controlling noise levels on-site, potential noise complaints and compliance with regulations can be preemptively addressed through effective acoustic planning, allowing construction projects to be completed on schedule without disruption. With this, sites that prioritise the wellbeing of workforces through noise monitoring will become conducive to a happier, more motivated workforce and ultimately boost on-site efficiency.
Embracing a holistic approach to monitoring
By recognising the vital role of noise monitoring for demolition and construction projects, and acoustic planning within the construction industry, a holistic approach to noise monitoring and management can become an integral part of the construction process.
From conducting initial assessments to determine potential risks and challenges to incorporating best practices and utilising noise monitoring tools throughout the duration of a project, site managers can ensure that acoustic strategies are working to optimise efficiency and make necessary adjustments to deliver projects on time – and on budget.
As the construction industry evolves, the integration of environmental monitoring for construction projects becomes essential. Recognising and addressing the challenges and implications of construction-related noise allows us to better protect workforces, build stronger community relationships through noise compliance and improve the overall efficiency, delivery and success of projects for the future. With the right strategies and tools in place, the industry can strike a harmonious balance between progress and preservation of high-standard operations, without interference.
As experts in the field, KP Acoustic Group offer full-spectrum Acoustic Consultancy, Environmental Monitoring, Product Testing, Research and Training Services. To learn more, get in touch with our highly experienced consultants by calling 0208 222 8778 or visiting kpacoustics.com.