Tomorrow’s communities are facing many environmental challenges – which can only be managed by an experienced advisor with recognised expertise. Sweco’s environmental specialists create inhabitable environments using careful planning and creative thinking. Our multi-disciplinary environment team offer pragmatic deliverable solutions to ensure that developments work in harmony with their surrounding environment and that impacts are managed in a sustainable way.


  • Acoustics, Environmental Noise & Vibration
  • Air Quality, Odour & Dust Management
  • Asbestos Management
  • Contaminated Land and Water Quality
  • Due Diligence Services
  • Earthworks Design
  • Ecology
  • Environmental Impacts
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Ground Engineering
  • Remediation Strategy & Verification
  • Sustainable Development and Planning
  • Waste and Resources Management

Acoustics, Environmental Noise & Vibration

Managing noise in the urban environment is a considerable challenge due to density of development, particularly for brown-field sites, and due to the presence of existing sources such as the transport networks.

Environmental noise has the potential to cause annoyance or sleep disturbance, and has been linked to health effects such as hypertension. The exposure to noise and vibration is site-specific and it is common for UK planning authorities to require a robust consideration of the effects of noise and vibration on a proposed sensitive development.

Noise and vibration generated by a development site, during both construction and operation, also needs consideration. UK planning authorities commonly require developers to limit noise from their proposed development both during construction and upon completion, particularly with regards to noise from mechanical plant and machinery. 

The Sweco acoustics team are market leaders in environmental noise and vibration modelling and assessment, with particular focus in data centre acoustics, large infrastructure schemes such as roads and railways, and environmental impact assessment for large residential, mixed-use, healthcare and education projects.

Sweco offers the following environmental noise and vibration services:
- Noise and vibration impact Assessment-Site feasibility assessments
- Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)
- Input into Development Consent Orders (DCOs)
- Construction noise and vibration assessments to inform Section 61 prior consent applications
- Construction noise and vibration monitoring
- Expert witness

We will help you devlope a design that minimises the risks of later design restrictions, due to environmental noise or due to noise emissions from the site itself. Sweco provide focused, bespoke advice to meet our customer’s requirements in a pragmatic and straightforward way.