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Thursday, 12th July 2018

Temple Highly Commended at Noise Awards

Temple is pleased to report that we were Highly Commended in the Environmental Noise Category at the Association of Noise Consultants (ANC) Awards 2018 held on Wednesday 27 June in Birmingham.  In a joint submission with our client FLO (The Ferrovial Agroman Laing O’Rourke joint venture), we received the recognition for our involvement on the Northern Line Extension project.

The Northern Line Extension supports the wider regeneration of Vauxhall, Nine Elms and Battersea and includes two new 3.2km running tunnels joining the existing network at Kennington to two new stations at Nine Elms and Battersea Power Station.  Two new vent shafts have also been created at Kennington Green and Kennington Park.

The project has required major sites close to residential and commercial properties, often with works taking place during the evening, night and at weekends.  The control of noise, vibration and air quality during construction has been a major challenge faced while delivering the programme.

An integrated environmental monitoring system has been used to report on noise, vibration and air quality within a single web-based system, allowing the project team to easily identify any potential impacts caused by the works.  The monitoring data can also be viewed on the project webpage allowing the local community access to the information for themselves, clearly presented against predetermined levels agreed with the local London Boroughs.  This offers an exceptional level of transparency never before seen on a large UK infrastructure project.

The Kennington Green and Kennington Park ventilation shaft sites were a major concern to key stakeholders including local residents.  Both sites required 24 hour working with residents overlooking each work site.  Auralisation Animations were devised to show the benefits of the proposed Acoustic Sheds as a form of noise control.  The Auralisation Animations were presented at the community liaison groups to show their effects both visually and aurally.

Engagement with the public was considered exemplary by the judges who welcomed the Auralisation Animations as a way to demonstrate what residents should expect as an outcome.

The Association of Noise Consultants Awards, which promote and recognise excellence amongst UK acoustic consultants, look for examples of work that display innovation and originality in acoustic design or approach to a particular project.  They highlight the unique skills of UK-based acoustic and noise professionals, and the dynamic and diverse nature of the industry overall, to inspire the next generation of acoustic consultants.

The project was previously recognised at the International Green Apple Awards 2016 where the project won gold in the innovation category.