As part of The Level Restoration Project, which was designed to restore the original gardens and enhance this Brighton park, the old wooden-ramped skatepark was replaced. Plans were created for a purpose built wheeled-sports facility, surrounded by a landscaped area containing cycle racks and seating. The old skatepark was to be the site of new sensory gardens.
The Level is surrounded by busy city centre roads and already experiences traffic noise. Concerns were raised by local residents about the potential for additional noise from activities at the new skateboard park. There is currently no formal standard or guidance for assessing the impact of skateboard park activities, which include impulsive noises from boards slapping against surfaces, more continuous noise from rolling wheels as well as sounds from people and their conversations.
Working with Brighton & Hove County Council to address the noise-related concerns of the local community and the local authority planning committee, we based our work on the judgments of other judicial reviews, together with a number of standards and guidelines. Using modelling techniques, we assessed noise impacts and modified the skatepark design so that noise mitigation was included.