Pace Consult has a proven track record in turning complex acoustic challenges into cost-effective and practical solutions. With particularly strong consultancy teams in the education, healthcare and commercial sectors, Pace Consult has delivered a long line of high profile projects, working with partners such as Bouygues, Kier, Wates, Willmott Dixon, Galliford Try & Ardmore among many other long term UK contractor partners. Pace is also frequently engaged by prominent architecture practises such as Penoyre & Prasad, Bond Bryan, Aedas, Jestico & Whiles to name a limited few.
With a stock of amazing projects also being undertaken in the Middle East, Pace has coverage wherever you need it no matter what the project or need, you've come to the right place.
Approved under the ANC registration scheme for Building Regulations (Part E) completion testing works, Pace Consult offers a cost effective, rapid and nationwide testing service.
The full suite of acoustic consultancy services includes:
- Planning & Expert Witness
- Section 61 notices and detailed planning matters
- Construction noise and vibration monitoring to BS5228
- Architectural acoustic design
- Auditorium design
- Emergency PA system
- Football & Athletics Stadia
- Education acoustics
- 3D room acoustics modelling using OdeonTM
- Testing and certification
- Problem investigations & remedial works
- Environmental impact assessment
- Mechanical services acoustic assessment and design
Many projects are affected by ground vibration particularly in cities where underground transport is prevalent. As such ground vibration assessments are often required as part of the planning process. Often undertaken at the same time as planning noise assessments, Pace Consult has a substantial depth of experience in this field.
The 'floating' of a building due to transport vibration sources such as Cross Rail is not a decision to be taken lightly and is both technically challenging as well as costly. Pace Consult is on hand to correctly specify and review treatment measures and to inspect the installation and survey its efficacy throughout construction.
Specialist vibration studies include the centre for Nanotechnology at Bristol University, Ophthalmic imaging suites and micro suites within hospitals and investigations of problematic vibration episodes arising from plant room operation.
Construction stage vibration affecting offsite receptors is another major field of deployment for Pace Consult with many projects receiving continuous monitoring from our fleet of remote communication noise and vibration units. These allow a signal to be sent to the construction team when a defined vibration (or noise) level is exceeded allowing the minimisation of impact. Detailed guidance is provided in a number of British Standards, BS 6472, BS 5228 and BS 7385.
Compliance & BREEAM Evidence
- Air Quality Assessment for Planning
- Building Regulations Sound Tests - Approved Document Part E
- Building Regulations Air Permeability Tests - Approved Document Part L 1&2
- Construction Stage Noise, Vibration & Air Quality Monitoring
- BREEAM HEA 04: Thermal Comfort - SBEM, EPC
- HEA 05: Acoustic Performance
- POL 05L External Plant Noise Survey & Assessment
- ENE 04: Low Carbon Design Low Zero Carbon Strategy Reports
- MAN 04: Commissioning & Handover (Air Tightness Test and/or Thermographic Survey)
Air Quality Assessments
Air Quality Assessments are a common requirement for planning applications across the UK. They are often required in locations, known as Air Quality Management Areas (AQMAs), where concentrations of one or many air pollutants exceed the relevant UK Air Quality Standards. These AQMAs are regularly found in urban areas, next to major roads.
Air Quality Assessments are needed to ensure that new users of a development are not exposed to unacceptable air quality and to make sure that the development itself does not significantly worsen air quality, during both construction and operation. Where problems are identified, suitable mitigation to either reduce exposure to poor air quality (e.g. through recommending changes to the ventilation strategy) or minimise emissions, can be recommended.
Depending on the size and location of the scheme, air quality can be assessed in different ways. The simplest form of assessment combines freely available data with various criteria from best practice guidance to screen out significant impacts. Where these thresholds are exceeded, air quality can be predicted using detailed dispersion models or monitored using diffusion tubes or real-time automatic monitors/ sensors.
Pace Consult Ltd and its associates have the experience of providing robust and bespoke air quality assessments, designed to meet the specific requirements of local and national policy in the most cost-effective and efficient manner.
The full suite of Pace Consult’s air quality consultancy services include:
- Screening assessments;
- Dispersion modelling assessments
- Air quality monitoring;
- Construction dust risk assessments and dust management plans;
- Low emission strategies;
- Emissions Mitigation Statements, including damage cost calculations ;
- Air Quality Neutral assessments;
- Air Quality Positive statements;
- Odour assessments.
Expert in paving a smooth path to building regulation compliance, Pace Consul delivers a range of air tightness consultancy services to ensure projects meet Part L standards first time. Pace Consult's team of part L specialists will manage the development from end to end, delivering a seamless transition between phases and ultimately securing efficient project progression.
Air tightness services include:
- Architectural design reviews
- Testing and certification
- Advice and reporting
- Site audits/troubleshooting
From design through to testing and certification, Pace Consult will adopt a flexible approach, combining services to provide a fully integrated solution, or delivering standalone packages in response to specific project demands.
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