We’re working on a top secret scheme at the moment…we can’t tell you who it’s for just yet…but we’re helping a large commercial client secure a temporary event licence for an event on the roof of a multi-storey car park in the heart of Manchester.

In any urban setting like this, an event has the potential to cause noise disturbance to residents and businesses nearby. It’s important to agree noise limits with the Local Authority to control both the level of noise and the hours of exposure for residents. This needs to balance the requirements of the event (which generally will have live and/or amplified music), the amenity of residents, and a pinch of common sense in considering by how much noise levels can be allowed to increase for a ‘one off’ event.

There’s not much point setting noise limits, though, if you don’t know that you can meet them – and that’s where using an experienced acoustic consultant comes into play. Over the next few weeks we’ll be going through the following steps with our client;

  • Reviewing what the initial noise limit set by Manchester City Council means in terms of the noise levels that can be generated at the event, and whether this limit is acceptable given the nature of the event.
  • Reviewing what can be done to reduce noise emissions from the event other than just turning down the music – we might be able to use some temporary screening, for example, or re-orient the stage area.
  • If necessary, negotiating between the Local Authority and the Client to set a noise limit which respects the requirements of all parties.
  • Writing a noise management plan (NMP) for the event, including what will be measured and how, and the mitigation measures which will be imposed by the Client to control noise levels. The NMP can include items such as how complaints about noise during the event will be handled, how the Client will ensure that noise levels are not exceeded, and
  • Finally, we’ll be at the event making sure that everything the Client has promised will be in place, is. We’ll measure noise levels at the sensitive receptors during the sound check to give the sound engineer a ‘benchmark’ to work to. Then during the event we’ll be continuously logging the noise levels and checking in live with the mixing desk to make whatever tweaks we need to to ensure we are compliant. We’ll also be manning a phone line for any complaints received – but in our experience for a well managed event these will be few and far between.

We’ve worked on numerous events, from pop-ups to festivals. If you’d like to talk to us about how we can help you with event noise control just get in touch!