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Monday, 5th November 2018

Temple Highly Commended at ‘Noise Oscars’

Temple is pleased to announce that we were Highly Commended for the John Connell Innovation Award at the John Connell Awards 2018. Temple with FLO (The Ferrovial Agroman Laing O’Rourke joint venture) put together a joint submission for the use of complex Auralisation Animations and Community Engagement to maximise public resources and minimise disruption for residents during the Northern Line Extension project.

The John Connell Awards 2018 took place at the Palace of Westminster on the evening of 24th October 2018, kindly hosted by Colonel Bob Stewart DSO MP, Member of Parliament for Beckenham and the awards presented by Sonia Phippard CBE, Defra’s Director General of Environment, Rural and Marine.

The Northern Line Extension in central London has required major construction sites close to residential properties, with works taking place during the evening, night and weekends. Through proactive engagement with Community Liaison Group meetings, drop in sessions and investment in complex Auralisation Animations, buy-in from stakeholders was able to be achieved for the use of Acoustic Sheds to mitigate some of the noisiest works. This meant costlier options to the public purse could be avoided and greater disruption to residents minimised by avoiding secondary glazing or temporary re-housing.

Gloria Elliott, Noise Abatement Society Chief Executive, said ‘NAS welcomes the practical and cost effective approaches taken by Temple and FLO to solve noise disturbance from major building works.’

John Fisk, Chris McCollin and Lucia Rodriguez Perez from Temple and Tom Inglis and Silvia Sartorato from FLO were in attendance on the night to receive the award.

Nigel Burton, Technical Director in the Acoustics team at Temple said ‘Innovation is one of our EPIC values (ethical, personable, innovative and committed) so it’s great to be recognised for leadership in this area.’

The awards are named after NAS’s far-sighted founder John Connell OBE, who lobbied the Noise Abatement Act through Parliament in 1960 when noise became a statutory nuisance in the UK for the first time. These unique awards, known as the ‘Noise Oscars’, are now in their 17th year. They acknowledge the importance of the quality of sound in our lives and champion vital advances in reducing the negative impact of unnecessary noise for the public benefit.

Photo Left to right: Lucia Rodrigues Perez (Temple Group), Tom Inglis (FLO), John Fisk (Temple Group), Silvia Sartorato (FLO), Chris McCollin (Temple Group), Sonia Phippard (DEFRA)