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Ready for HS2

The government is planning a new high-speed rail network, from London to Birmingham and to Manchester and Leeds, known as HS2.

Anderson Acoustics is one of the UK’s leading independent acoustics consultancies and our construction team is well placed to provide services to HS2 main contractors, having worked on some of the country’s largest infrastructure projects including Crossrail, Thames Tideway and Great Western Electrification.

In addition to proven expertise in construction noise and vibration, we can help HS2 main contractors with innovative solutions for a variety of other services including community engagement, personal monitoring, sound demonstrations and noise insulation schemes.

Although the information below is covered in more detail elsewhere on our website, this page has specifically been put together as a guide to our services for HS2 main contractors. We invite you to get in touch at the earliest opportunity to chat through your requirements with John and the team.

Our services for HS2

Construction Acoustics, Noise and Vibration – including Section 61 consents, fixed plant assessments, advice and compliance monitoring.

Air Quality – dust deposition and continuous measurement of gases and particulates.

Community Complaints and Engagement – complaints handling, helpdesk and response team services.

Soundscape Design – positive application of acoustic design for better sounding trackside communities, stations and journeys.

Mobile SonicRoom™ – a low cost 3D sound modelling system for hearing how construction sites, buildings and places will sound before they are built.

Personal Noise & Vibration Monitors – a core HS2 requirement.

Innovation – potential innovation services including health and wellbeing research based on community and worker noise exposure, soundscape design, sound quality assessment design, automated data capture and publishing using mobile apps, low cost microphone arrays for construction site and community noise management.

Public Site Boundary Noise Monitoring – our TheNoiseMonitor™ platform can provide real noise data via a publicly available website.

Noise Insulation Schemes – community noise and insulation scheme design and assessment services for clients (previous clients include Heathrow Airport, Network Rail and Highways England).

Why Anderson Acoustics – our philosophy

We are committed to best practice and continuous improvement. We develop strong working links with our clients which help not only to achieve a good working relationship but also:

– a shared vision, strategy, policy and values
– an integrated solution through co-working,
– continuity and consistency through direct involvement throughout the process, and
– quality management systems and procedures compliant with the clients’ own systems and procedures.

We have developed a reputation as technical leaders, whilst effective project management and quality procedures mean we deliver to quality, time and budget. We develop solutions that not only meet your business objectives but are also innovative and consistent with the principles of sustainability.

Construction experience

We have a detailed understanding of the business of construction and associated risks. Our approach is based on understanding those risks and prioritising work accordingly with a focus on engagement with the local community and relevant stakeholders.

Environmental planning experience

Our extensive planning experience working on large environmental projects means we have the ability to support the exceptionally rigorous environmental planning process. We have generated over 400 Section 61s working with multiple Local Authorities and no delays have occurred due to surface noise, vibration or air quality issues. We have monitored over 1.6 million hours of noise and vibration on projects since 2012. The number of attended surveys has exceeded 4500.

Tunnelling project experience

Our team have the proven recent technical and project management expertise on major tunnelling and construction projects. We provided noise mitigation advice for the Crossrail Western Tunnelling and Caverns project including critical solutions for the Tunnel Boring Machine, Temporary Construction Railway (TCR) and Sprayed Concrete Lining (SCL). Our work with the Temporary Construction Railway helped to raise the restriction imposed on the maximum speed and increase the rate of construction.

Community management

We believe community engagement is a powerful tool for reducing the annoyance impact of works, helping the community to feel informed and listened to, ultimately reducing complaints and managing project risk.

Anderson Acoustics has a dedicated team handling noise complaints on behalf of our clients. We have unique expertise in handling noise complaints for Heathrow Airport and we work with AMEY and Network Rail on noise impact modelling, identification of at-risk receptors and proactive community engagement.

Quick mobilisation time

With offices in London Bridge and calibrated monitoring equipment in inventory, we have both staff and equipment ready for deployment at short notice. In the past we have mobilised six concurrent emergency surveys at two hours’ notice from the client when they were faced with the threat of site shut down.

Culture of continuous development

We invest strongly in our people and culture to ensure the highest levels of project quality and customer satisfaction, with the overarching mission of using acoustics to make a conscious contribution to a sustainable future and improving quality of life. Our people are happy, empowered and dedicated to delivering the best possible service at the lowest possible cost.

Compliance services & value consulting

We provide low cost monitoring and reporting services delivered though a focus on operational efficiency and simplicity, delivered cost savings, safety and customer satisfaction. Our consultants deliver cost-effective services for complex mitigation, planning and project management.

Organisational capability – resources and experience

Resource availability is one of the single biggest risks for any project. Anderson Acoustics are among the largest independent specialist UK practices for acoustics, noise and vibration. We have significant resources and people to meet all project requirements, with additional capacity available for emergencies.

Rail Experience/Personal Track Safety (PTS) Certification

We have extensive rail construction experience on major projects, in particular piling, including Great Western Electrification. Our team are PTS certified to work on or near the line, which enables us to respond quickly to requests for construction noise and vibration support for trackside works without constraints or PTS administration and delay.

Our Large Project Experience

Thames Tideway Tunnel Western Packages – BMB JV (BAM Nuttall, Morgan Sindall, Balfour Beatty)
Anderson Acoustics are currently providing noise, vibration and air quality services to BMB JV for the Thames Tideway Tunnel Western Packages. This 5 year project includes numerous central London locations and additional support sites.

Crossrail – C300/410 Western Running Tunnels and Caverns Project – BFK JV (BAM Nuttall, Ferrovial, Kier)
Anderson Acoustics have provided noise and vibration services to Team BFK on one of the largest tunnelling construction contracts in Europe. We supported Team BFK on all aspects of airborne and ground-borne noise and vibration across their sites. This includes major work sites at numerous central London locations, plus over 20 additional grout shafts/utilities sites. At all of these sites we have established good relationships with all stakeholders including local residents and local authorities and site teams.

Crossrail – C310: Thames Tunnel – Hochtief Murphy JV
Anderson Acoustics provided noise and vibration services to Hochtief Murphy JV for 3.5 years. The £260m project includes two tunnels under the River Thames which connects the district of Plumstead to North Woolwich and links the existing North Kent rail line to Crossrail. We worked closely with the environmental team helping safeguard against any programme delays due to adverse noise and vibration impacts.

Crossrail – C336 Paddington New Yard – Costain Ltd
Anderson Acoustics is currently providing noise and vibration support services to Costain for the Paddington New Yard works. This has included fixed plant assessments in accordance with Crossrail’s D25 criteria, BS 4142 assessments for the Local Authority as well cumulative noise management.

Crossrail – C828 Ilford Depot – VolkerFitzpatrick Ltd
Anderson Acoustics is currently providing noise, vibration and air quality services to the principal contractor. Our involvement includes fixed plant assessments, rail noise assessment, construction noise and vibration assessments as well as noise, vibration and air quality monitoring and other specialist support.

Crossrail – C501 Liverpool Street Station Advanced Works
Anderson Acoustics provided noise and vibration services to BNK JV for the Moorgate Shaft works. In addition to our involvement in construction and vibration assessment and monitoring, specialist support services, we managed the cumulative noise assessments for the entire Liverpool Street Station area.

Bank Station Upgrade
Anderson Acoustics provided noise and vibration monitoring services to the principal contractor on this large and challenging project which required significant interface and liaison with London Underground.

Vauxhall Underground station Upgrade
Anderson Acoustics provided both attended and unattended noise and vibration monitoring and assessment services to the principal contractor. The work has included challenging and short notice attended monitoring, which has been well received by London Underground and the contractor.

To speak to someone about any of these services, please get in touch via our message form here, or call the team on 020 3176 7909.

Images from HS2, including artist’s impressions.

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