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Soho Loop, Birmingham

The Soho Loop scheme set out to redevelop 11 acres of industrial land situated along the old Birmingham Canal Navigations Main Line canal to the North West of Birmingham. The plans, provided by S R Davis Architects, included 200 new homes, a student accommodation block, a hotel, a mix of other commercial use buildings and a large data centre.

The development site posed many issues and concerns from the local authority about the likely noise – it was bound by busy roads, another industrial estate and the Birmingham to Wolverhampton railway line, which provided a huge variety of acoustic challenges to overcome during the planning stage. We worked with our client to ensure that all potential noise and vibration impacts both on and from the development were considered and mitigated.

We carried out a comprehensive noise and vibration survey to determine existing noise levels around the development site. This included traffic noise, rail noise/vibration, industrial noise and noise breakout from the data centre. Through detailed assessment work and close collaboration with the design team and local environmental health officer we established mitigation options. We were able to satisfy the local planning authority’s noise concerns and achieve consent for the development.

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