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NCL turns one



Noise Consultants Limited (NCL) has marked its first birthday with a team day at its new office in Warrington.

The team were joined by colleagues from sister company Air Quality Consultants Limited[1], welcoming new recruits George Gibbs (Associate Director) and Lukas Drinkwater (Assistant Consultant).

In its first year NCL has been part of key infrastructure projects including airport expansion and high-speed rail. It has also delivered over 50 other projects including those involving noise mapping and action planning,  planning related assessments for a number of mixed-use developments, and a range of innovation-related projects.

To help deliver this work, the NCL team has grown to make it one of the larger independent noise and vibration consultancies in the UK.

In reflecting on its first year, James Trow the Managing Director of NCL said “It has been a fantastic first year for NCL. The diversity and quality of our project work coupled with the commitment of our growing team has been excellent. We’re looking forward to the coming year in our new office and will be looking to build on our good start”.

[1] Air Quality Consultants, which recently celebrated its 25th anniversary, has a strong and proven track record in providing air quality services to private and public sector clients, both within the UK and internationally.

We have moved!


Bankside.PNGWe are excited to announce that our team has moved to a new location in Warrington.  

Having spent our first year by Warrington Central Station, our old office served us well, and we have some great memories there, but we couldn't be more excited about our new space.

Our new office is located at Bankside, in town centre Warrington – a moments’ walk from Warrington Bank Quay Station, making it less than 2 hours from Central London and less than 3 hours from Glasgow and Edinburgh by rail.

It has been an exciting first year for NCL, and we look to our new office as the start of another exciting chapter providing the basis for further growth. We're still working on getting settled in, but we're incredibly excited to be in the new space. If you're in the area, feel free to stop in and say hello – the kettle is always on!

Our new address is:

6 Bankside,
Crosfield Street

NCL support InnovateUK Project


Noise Consultants Limited are supporting Invenio Systems Limited on their InnovateUK-sponsored StopCheck project.

InnovateUK is the UK’s innovation agency and is part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and award funding investing in science and research.

Invenio Systems was founded in April 2015 to provide innovative solutions to the water industry. The company develops sophisticated new sensors, hardware, technology and mechanisms to collect infrastructure data that demonstrate significant reduction in water wastage and leakage, to better support investment decisions and guide routine operations

Stop.Check is designed to speed up the process and focus on locating unmetered properties with internal plumbing leaks and small underground supply pipe leaks that can't be found with current technologies. An InnovateUK Infrastructure competition industrial research grant will allow Invenio to work with industrial partners, including UKWIR, to scale the system and extend the technology to improve the current SoA combining sophisticated acoustic sensor capability with the existing sensors.

NCL are providing technical support to Invenio on both the hardware and software aspects of the project, working with data obtained from field technicians using prototype hardware.

The project is set to run to December 2018 – watch this space!

NCL Euronoise 2018 Paper available online


James Trow and Claire Allmark’s Euronoise 2018 paper is now available online. The conference, held in Crete, covered all aspects of acoustics, noise and vibration. The paper, by Claire Allmark and James Trow, focussed on aircraft noise validation in the context of European Directive 2015/996.

The work, which utilised data obtained from Heathrow Airport, demonstrated an approach to validating an aircraft noise model through the use of noise and track keeping datasets. The approach developed by Claire and James provides a transparent way of editing the aircraft noise performance database to better reflect aircraft performance and noise characteristics. The approach was underpinned by NCL’s in-house tools which are compatible with the AEDT modelling environment.

A copy of the paper is available here

Noise Consultants Invests in Technical Resources


To support a growing workload, Noise Consultants have invested in a number of technical resources. This has included Rion NL-52 sound level meters and software tools including Insul. These investments complement our existing noise modelling and GIS capacities. Chris Youdale, Senior Consultant said “We have a number of active projects that require survey and acoustic design work and we were of the view that we needed to hold our own resources to help the delivery of these. I am very pleased that we now have our own fleet of equipment and can pass on that benefit to our clients”.

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