Brentford Lock


McAleer & Rushe


Residential Housing





Our role in the project

A three-phase development, we were engaged to act as the acoustic engineer by McAleer & Rushe during phase two of the development. Following our involvement in the second stage, we were then asked to be involved in phase three which is currently under construction.

The initial assessment of the project saw us review the developer’s acoustic design against the project design criteria. At this stage, we queried the acoustic design with regard to the aircraft noise, given the project’s proximity to Heathrow airport.

The build was required to comply with building regulations and local authority planning conditions.

Specific considerations

The main challenge facing this project was external aircraft noise from nearby Heathrow. Only audible within the development for six months of the year due to runway alternation, we resolved the issue by reviewing the glazing specification provided by the developer’s team.

Acoustic features of this project

Through the implementation and review of the window glazing specification, we controlled the external noise intrusion from Heathrow airport. By researching where the developer’s team had undertaken their initial noise survey and comparing that with flight paths into and out of Heathrow, we helped provide an accurate assessment of external noise. We then provided sound testing at the end of the job to check compliance with building regulations and local authority planning requirements.

Through due diligence and research, we provided a comprehensive consultancy service. Through our methods, we provided a bespoke solution that took into account external and internal factors.

Subsequent to completion, the development has been awarded RIBA London and RIBA National awards in 2019.

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