Environmental issues have never been more in the spotlight. Along with global concerns, there are constant changes to the built environment which demand expert assessment. New housing, roads and other developments often require an Environmental Statement (ES) to be drawn up. This is typically a chapter within an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). Adrian James Acoustics has a long history of writing and reviewing reports of this type.
An example of our work is Colney Hall, Norwich. We are particularly proud that we could be a key element of this new research, healthcare, and education campus. The development features a centre of excellence for neurology research and development. It is part of the Norwich Research Park and also includes associated healthcare and educational facilities. We partnered with LSI Architects to develop a masterplan and produce an ES chapter for the environmental impact assessment.
Proposals to redevelop the site were put forward in 2020, including the demolition of some existing buildings. This would allow the construction of a new grain processing building, together with associated plant and infrastructure. The result would enable the revitalisation of the business.
Most recently we worked with NPS property consultants on the EIA for a proposed mixed-use development in Hopton, south of Great Yarmouth. This scheme provides 240 new homes, a residential care facility and a supermarket. The site is close to the A47 arterial road and it was also important to show that noise from the supermarket would not affect residential areas.
We also offer advice to Local Planning Authorities and have carried out review work on many ES chapters. These include assessments for leisure facilities, wind farms and schools. We are currently assisting East Suffolk Council in reviewing the environmental statement for the proposed Sizewell C nuclear power station. With an expected construction time of 9 to 12 years, this is one of our long-term major projects. Aside from work related to EIAs, we have extensive experience in developing acoustically considerate local and national masterplans. We made a significant contribution to the North Rackheath Masterplan, which included provision for 3000 homes, 3 schools, community facilities and 25 hectares of employment land. The site is bordered by road, rail and industrial noise sources and an effective masterplan was crucial to minimising noise impact.
To discuss any environmental project requirements, please call our environmental specialist Gary Percival on 01603 721511.
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