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Thursday, 27th September 2018

Temple shortlisted for ‘Noise Oscar’

Temple is pleased to announce that we have been shortlisted for the John Connell Innovation Award sponsored by the Noise Abatement Society. Temple with FLO (The Ferrovial Agroman Laing O’Rourke joint venture) put together a joint submission for their work on their Auralisation Animations produced for the Northern Line Extension project.

As part of the wider regeneration of Vauxhall, Nine Elms and Battersea, an extension of the Charing Cross branch of the London Underground Northern line was proposed by TfL. The extension comprises two new 3.2km running tunnels joining the existing network at Kennington and terminating at Battersea Power Station. The scheme includes two new stations at Nine Elms and Battersea Power Station and two new ventilation shafts at Kennington Green and Kennington Park.

The Kennington Green and Kennington Park ventilation shaft sites were a major concern amongst 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 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.

The John Connell Awards are named after the Noise Abatement Society’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.

Innovation is the key to successfully solving noise issues. As such, the Innovation Award recognises original thinking when faced with particularly challenging noise issues, whether through noise reduction programmes, technology or acoustic design.

The Noise Abatement Society (NAS) is a dynamic UK charity, established in 1959, whose aim is to share a better understanding of what sound is, how it affects us and how we can solve noise problems in a pragmatic and sustainable way. Its internationally respected work helps to relieve the physical and mental distress caused by excessive noise which profoundly affects health and wellbeing, learning, productivity and social cohesion.

The John Connell Awards Ceremony will be held on Wednesday 24th October at the Palace of Westminster and will be hosted by Colonel Bob Stewart DSO MP for Beckenham.