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Arup Acoustics’ sound project scoops ANC Award

Arup Acoustics’ work on the High Speed 2 - Sound Demonstrations (HS2) project has won the Environmental Acoustics award category, sponsored by Brüel & Kjær, at the Association of Noise Consultants’ (ANC) annual awards scheme.

The HS2 London to Birmingham train connection is a nationally-significant project and has a high level of public awareness. As the UK has very little existing high speed rail and very little railway with noise mitigation, the general community has almost no experience of what the project will sound like.

To overcome public concern about potential noise impact, this project used state-of-the-art 3D auralisation to demonstrate, to approximately 25,000 people, what HS2 will sound like in their community, enabling them to be better informed about the character, level and impact of high speed rail in their area. The demonstration has also been played to MPs and central government officials.

This is the first time state-of-the-art 3D auralisation has been used on such a large infrastructure project to engage with stakeholders, inform design and aid decision-makers. This allows people to decide for themselves what the impact of the proposals might be.

Oliver Bewes from Arup Acoustics said: “We are delighted at the recognition of our acoustics team’s success for the innovative HS2 Soundlab demonstrations at ANC’s Awards and with the prize of a brand new 2250 sound level meter from Brüel & Kjær. It seems fitting as this ‘State of the Art’ meter will now be put to good use in the Arup London Soundlab as part of our rigorous calibration methodology.”

“As we found with the 2013 entries for this category, the quality was extremely high, making it quite a challenge to pick the overall winner,” said Brüel & Kjær Environmental Monitoring Solutions Specialist, Mark Dowie: “But the practical and extremely useful nature of Arup Acoustics’ work on the HS 2 project - which provided a means to demonstrate noise in a way the general public would understand - stood out as an innovative approach and the engagement with those affected was a good example for others to follow on similar projects.”

The ANC Awards, which took place in June at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Birmingham, were presented by science news correspondent Sarah Cruddas, followed by a gala dinner to celebrate the awards.

Now in its second year, the ANC (Association of Noise Consultants) awards promote and recognise excellence among UK acoustic consultants and raise the profile of the acoustics industry.

More information is available on the ANC’s website:

About Bruel & Kjaer
Brüel & Kjær is a world-leading manufacturer and supplier of sound and vibration solutions for use in a wide range of applications including environmental noise measurements, building acoustics, vibration measurements and quality control for use in the automotive, aerospace and consumer industries, as well as by local authorities. Today Brüel & Kjær has 900 employees and sales offices in 55 countries. Brüel & Kjær is a subsidiary of UK-based Spectris plc. ( Spectris has annual sales of approximately £656m and employs around 6000 people worldwide in its 15 business units.

July 2014

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