Here is a small selection of some of the projects that this part of our business has undertaken around the world.
Acoustical design for commercial and leisure complex in Dubai
The Majid Al Futtaim Group is developing Mirdif City, a 3.1 million ft2 area for 450 retail outlets, a cinema complex and family entertainment centre in Dubai. We are providing acoustical design for the shell and core stage, as well as fit-out advice to the cinema and entertainment centre. The mall also requires a 132kv substation which entails a different set of noise issues.
Ford Eco-town in the UK
The aim of the eco-town is to deliver a carbon neutral community including; 5,000 new homes, about 4,000 jobs, and other commercial and community facilities, including the relocation of the Ford railway station with bus interchange. A report was prepared with views on the likely noise and vibration constraints associated with the proposed eco-town.
Noise survey for Cementa Ltd plant in Sweden
Limestone has been exported from the Baltic Sea Island of Gotland since the 11th Century. Today, Cementa Ltd’s plant on Gotland is a modern and energy efficient cement plant. The site is complex and we conducted an extensive survey using an “acoustic camera” for the localisation of all sources of external noise and proposed abatement measures.
Construction of an overhead electricity transmission line in Scotland
This project involved the construction and operation of a 400 kilovolt (kV) overhead electricity transmission line, 220 kilometres (km) in length, from Beauly to near Denny in Scotland. An assessment was undertaken and a precognition was prepared dealing with noise and vibration during construction. Expert evidence was presented at the Public Inquiry.
Acoustical impact assessment of major college campus expansion in USA
Molloy College is beginning a 15-year expansion of their Rockville Center, NY campus, including new academic, sports, and administration buildings, as well as its first on-site residence halls. WSP was commissioned to carry out a full noise impact assessment of the expansion, addressing community concerns about noise from construction, from the new buildings, and from the new campus residents.
Acoustical design for 500,000m2 leisure resort in Bahrain
For the 500,000m2 luxurious leisure development, Salam Resort, in Bahrain, we provided acoustical design services up to the detailed design stage. Amongst other things, this included; setting acoustic criteria, measuring traffic noise, specifying façade elements, assessing internal building structures, assessing noise and vibrations from building services and site installation inspections.
Noise mapping of southern Stockholm
The EU directive on Environmental Noise requires Member States to draw up “strategic noise maps” for major roads, railways, airports and urban areas. These maps will be used to assess the number of people annoyed and sleep-disturbed throughout Europe. WSP has extensive experience of strategic noise mapping and The City of Stockholm is one our recent clients.
Residential development on a former industrial site in the UK
We undertook a noise and vibration assessment on the redevelopment of an industrial site into a residential site compromising of 500 homes, as well as commercial outlets. We assessed the likely impacts during and post construction, with a particular focus on the concern of a constraint posed by a main-line railway passing along one side of the site. Planning consent was however secured.
Acoustical design for mixed-use building in historic district in the USA
254 Front Street is an 8-floor mixed-use residential/commercial building located in the historic South Street Seaport district of Manhattan. With large windows and through-wall A/C units, the building design required careful consideration of the significant traffic noise present at the site. We weres able to ensure appropriate acoustic performance with strategic, cost-effective adjustments to the façade design.
Nation-wide noise survey for Swedish Environmental Protection Agency
Sweden has set a target to reduce the number of people who are exposed to traffic noise in excess of 55 dBA outside their dwellings by 5 per cent, By 2010. Through an interdisciplinary approach and acoustic calculations with GIS, we have performed a national noise survey to assess the progress of the reduction plan.