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Crowborough Community Centre

Crowborough Community Centre was a landmark community building for the town, which received lottery funding and consent after many years of planning development. The building was to provide a multi-purpose hall with capability to handle cinema, theatre, choral and orchestral performances, with a dance studio, cafe and meeting spaces below. Aside from the logistical issues of a severely constrained construction site, the area was bordered and overlooked by local authority offices on one side and on others by the local library, the Council Chambers and the area Registry Office. Local residents were also in reasonable proximity.

There were concerns that the impact of the construction works on the working day of local office staff would require the site to stop working for significant periods. This would cost time and money in the build as well as annoyance of and the loss of goodwill from those affected.

Working closely with the Local Authority Environmental Health Department, the contractor (Sunninghill Construction Company) and other impacted groups, we developed a noise and vibration management plan. Our Section 61 consent approach involved adoption and development of Best Practicable Means (BPM). These included hoarding, additional office sound insulation, new working practices, site layout, practical enclosures, open communication with all affected parties throughout and continuous noise monitoring reported through our thenoisemonitor web portal.

This ensured that any fears regarding construction impacts were taken care of. The development was successful, finished on time and delivered a first class facility for the local community.

Completed community centre image credit: vkhp-consulting.

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