29 Mar

COPA ’74 and good acoustic design: noise and overheating

CIEH member: £45
Affiliate member£99
Non-member: £99

Time: 10.00 to 12.00

Online (Zoom)

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This event, produced by the London Authorities Noise Action Forum (LANAF) and the London Pollution Study Group, will explore the impact of construction and operation on noise pollution levels. Join us as we discuss whether the Control of Pollution Act (CoPA) can withstand being tested by major projects, exemplified by a specific case-study from Buckinghamshire council on CoPA S60 and S61. We will also discuss the opportunities and weaknesses associated with the application of CoPA to major projects such as HS2.

Construction processes and operations can produce significant noise and multiple noise mitigation measures are unlikely to fully offset all noise generated. This can negatively affect the quality of life for local residents and cause concern for local authorities.

This session will assess good acoustic design processes, examine what to include in statements and use practical examples of Good Acoustic Design elements. Hear from representatives of Hodkinson Consultancy on acoustic requirements and learn how to create overheating assessments to complement the noise impact assessment.

Learning objectives on the day will include: 

  • Understanding what should be included in Acoustic Design Statements.
  • Undertaking overheating assessments to complement the noise impact assessment
  • Assessing the opportunities and weaknesses associated with major project applications

Who should attend: 

  • Team Leaders
  • Environmental Health Officers
  • Senior and Principal EHPs
  • Planners
  • Those with a professional interest in statutory nuisance management


CPD: 2 Hours

In partnership with the London Hub Study Group

This event has been produced in collaboration with the London Authorities Noise Action Forum (LANAF)


Steve Braund, Senior Specialist Environmental Health Officer Strategic, Buckinghamshire Council. Steve is an EHO with 35 years local government experience including a demonstrated recent history of check and challenge to major infrastructure projects. He was awarded the CIEH Excellence Team Award and the John Connell LA Award in 2017 for contribution to HS2 route wide petitioning.
Steve specialises in operation and construction noise, major developments, planning and construction phases. He has been involved on projects such as HS2, Heathrow and Luton airport expansion including airspace change, East West Rail, M4 Smart Motorway, Western Rail Access to Heathrow, Pinewood Studios and Crossrail.

Colin Cobbing

Colin Cobbing, Director, Hodkinson Consultancy. Colin is recognised as a leading expert in the UK in planning and noise and has over 30 years’ experience of taking complex and high-profile projects from inception through planning, design, build and into operation. He has advised clients in both the public and private sectors including government. He started work with the Hodkinson Consultancy in 2020.
Colin has shaped best practice in the UK in noise assessment and sustainable design and has been integrally involved in the production of many of the standards and guidance documents that are used in planning and designing new development including: Professional Practice Guidance: Planning and Noise for New Residential Development.

Katye Paxton

Kate Paxton, Associate Director Hodkinson Consultancy. As a WELL Accredited Professional, Kate is an expert in the impacts of buildings on the health and wellbeing of individuals, and has contributed to industry working groups on the topic of healthy homes. Her background in ‘green chemistry’ provides a strong foundation for many of the technical aspects of environmental design, particularly relating to air quality, the environmental impacts of materials, and pollution.
Kate has an MSc in Environmental Design and is a Chartered Scientist. She joined Hodkinson Consultancy in 2014 as an experienced BREEAM Accredited Professional and now focusses on Building Performance including summertime overheating mitigation and post occupancy evaluation.

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