Optimus green – environmental noise measurement case study


Courtesy of Cirrus Environmental

With the experience of over 35 years in land development, The Banks Group continues to develop land throughout England and Scotland for a variety of uses including surface coalmines, onshore wind farms, commercial and residential property schemes and sustainable wastemanagement facilities.With the aim of being one of the UK’smost successful land developers, it comes as no surprise that the organisation has a strong environmental policy in place to support the continued development of the business.

Due to the activities that The Banks Group undertakes, the business recognises that its actions have the potential to make significant changes to both the environment and local communities. The group aims to maximise environmental benefits and minimise any adverse impacts arising from its activities. As such, Banks produces environmental management plans (EMPs) for each of its mining, wind farm, property and waste projects and these EMPs detail how significant environmental issues, such as noise, are to be controlled. To assess the environmental performance of individual projects, a programme of audits and monitoring is undertaken and this includes noise measurement surveys. To help with this task, Banks has purchased noise measurement instruments from Cirrus Research, a leading expert in the design and production of noise measurement instruments.

Chris Rush, Environment and Sustainability Coordinator at The Banks Group, explains: “Before planning permission is granted for one of our developments, a noise impact assessment needs to be carried out, this allows us to assess the impact that noise might have on the community to ensure that it is acceptable. This is especially pertinent when our sites are in close proximity to sensitive properties.When we carry out the background assessments it is necessary for us to use a noise measurement instrument that is reliable, hard wearing and has long battery life, as the equipment will be outside, braving the elements from anything from three to five days.”

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