Pollution Monitoring

We provide consultancy and monitoring of air, noise and vibration pollution emitted during the course of refurbishment and construction work to help developers and contractors demonstrate their compliance with environmental legislation and planning restrictions.

The noise limits are typically quoted by Local Authorities in a Section 60/61 Notice/Consent under the Control of Pollution Act (COPA) 1974 (which gives powers to the Local Authority to control noise from construction sites).

Section 60 Notices are imposed, typically following complaints from neighbours.

The Section 61 Consent is applied for before works commence. Each Notice or Consent may have different tolerances.

Other restrictions may be imposed by Planning Conditions or may arise from Local Authority agreements and restrictions.

Taken together, typically acceptable limits in built-up areas will be:

  • Noise not exceeding 75 decibels over a 10 hour time period
  • Vibration should be no more than a peak particle velocity of 25 mm per second squared
  • PM10 Airborne Dust particles – less than 100 micrograms per cubic metre

We devise a monitoring plan and implement it by carrying out the surveying to measure emissions throughout the duration of the project by taking readings using sound, vibration and air monitoring meters. Data can be provided in a variety of formats at the frequency dictated by the Planning Consent and/or Section 60/61.

Our pollution experts can also provide consultancy and advice on the most suitable techniques to limit or reduce dust, noise and vibration emissions from construction sites, up to and including providing assistance in the preparation of documentation for Section 61 applications.