Noise can be simply defined as unwanted sound. Construction sites are by nature noisy.
Construction sites include the construction, alteration, repair or maintenance of buildings, structures and roads. They also include:
Road excavations by public utilities, eg gas, water, electricity companies
Any work of engineering, eg construction of bridges, major projects
Noise from these sites can take a variety of forms including road breakers, compressors, power tools, hammering, banging, crane and plant noise, reversing alarms and noise from loading/unloading activities.
We are responsible for dealing with complaints about construction sites. We also work with public utilities such as the water and electricity companies and contractors in the planning of major works so that noise disturbance from their activities can be planned out or minimised as far as possible before work starts.
Noise and vibration from demolition and construction sites can be formally controlled by us under Section 60 of the Control of Pollution Act 1974. This legislation gives us powers to restrict the days and hours of work, the ways in which works are carried out and the type of plant that is used.
Sometimes there are practical limits in reducing construction noise and the restriction of working hours is often the most practicable option for reducing the impact on local residents and businesses.
We have found that we can sometimes achieve better controls by agreement and by being flexible, and so we have developed a Code of Practice for companies undertaking this work in order to ensure that disturbance, due to noise and vibration arising from construction and demolition works, is designed out and what is left is kept to an acceptable level without unnecessary restrictions on contractors. The balance has to be struck.
It is our policy to require contractors to consider the following prior to work starting:
Programming certain works to more acceptable times of day
Use of the highest standards of plant and equipment which is properly maintained and silenced
Use of working methods that produce less noise
As a general rule where residential occupiers are concerned we expect that the following working hours shall be adopted for construction sites:
Monday to Friday 7:30am to 6pm
Saturday 8am to 1pm
Sundays or Public Holidays - no working.
On some occasions there may be valid reasons for working outside these hours in certain situations. In such cases we expect the contractor to use advance publicity to warn residents and outline their plans to minimise any disturbance.
For further information please contact us.