A world leader in the oil industry, BP has its research and technology head office in Sunbury on Thames in Middlesex, a site that employs some 2,500 people in 12 buildings.
Because of the proximity of the site to a nearby residential area any new construction work has to mindful of local sensitivities. The construction of a new pump house meant that aesthetics as well as noise control were major considerations and stringent planning requirements meant the new building had not only to blend in with the local environment but that noise pollution had to be minimised.
Working for structural steelwork sub-contractors, W.S Britland & Co, Kimpton Energy Solutions was specified to supply five acoustic doors to the pump house enclosure as well as some sound-proofed infill panels.
The pump house itself is a timber clad steelwork construction, sympathetic to the surrounding area and Kimpton Energy Solutions was able to manufacture bespoke acoustic doors with co-ordinating hardware, all in accordance with the recommendations of an earlier noise impact assessment.
Once the pump house construction was complete, a subsequent independent noise survey was carried out which indicated that the potential noise levels of 79 dB(A) has been attenuated to the predicted background noise level of 60dB(A), well within environmental requirements.
“The specified reductions in noise emissions were achieved, successfully resulting in the required increase in activity at the depot whilst maintaining a minimum level of comfort for its nearest neighbours.”