Sunday, 15th June 2014

Overview of Temple and Ciria’s ‘noise and vibration on infrastructure projects’ event

On Thursday 12 June Temple ran a successful event in conjunction with CIRIA on ‘The impact of noise & vibration on infrastructure projects’, exploring the latest practices to effectively manage construction noise. The event took place at CIRIA’s offices and included presentations from Susie Page (Bam Ferrovial), Huw Edwards (London Overground), Dani Fiumicelli (Temple Group) and Julie Dakin (Mott MacDonald).

The evening event commenced with an introductory talk on risk management in projects from Huw Edwards, Head of Programme Delivery at London Overground. Huw is responsible for the fast-track development of the London Overground network from a 4-car to 5-car railway. He discussed programme risks associated with noise and vibration. In particular Huw emphasised the importance of stakeholder engagement to help to promote the reputation of London Overground as a 21st century transport provider. He explained how important it is for the reputation of the programme to deal with issues up front. Susie Page’s presentation followed.

Susie is an Environment Advisor at BAM-Ferrovial-Kier, currently working on a £700m contract at Farringdon as part of the Crossrail project. Susie offered a contractor’s perspective on the challenges involved in maintaining high environmental standards, including those relating to noise, whilst managing contractual obligations on large-scale rail projects in a densely-populated urban environment. In particular  the use of real time data to monitor impact and to demonstrate to residence the extent of noise generated on site.

Temple’s Dani Fiumicelli, Technical Director for Acoustics, then provided the consultant’s perspective. Dani drew on his wealth of experience working on noise and vibration, with contractors, Local authorities and central government to comment on the practical issues associated with managing stakeholders and delivering major projects. He discussed the issues that often arise when managing the roles of supporting a contractor, advising local authorities and getting planning permission, and how to then implement noise management measures in a focused yet collaborative manner.

Finally Julie Dakin, Special Services Divisional Director at Mott MacDonald, spoke about the ‘noise and vibration from road and rail’ CIRIA publication C693, giving context to the range of themes discussed throughout the evening.

A recurring theme throughout the event was the vital importance of community engagement at all stages of a project to improve acceptance and reduce risk of delay. This was also one of the main points that was discussed at our recent ‘Masterplanning for a sustainable London’ event held at Royal Holloway University. Recognising an emphasis on community impacts and engagement in both cases, we aim to revisit this in future Temple events.