John Connell Awards 2009

Affectionately known as the ‘Noise Oscars’ and now in their 9th year, the John Connell Awards are presented at an annual reception hosted by the Noise Abatement Society at the House of Commons.

This years’ awards recognised innovative and diverse achievements with,

The John Connell Local Authority Award 2009

Controlling excessive and unwanted noise in the community is one of the many tough responsibilities of the Environmental Health Practitioner. Local Authorities, through the dedication of their Environmental Health Teams, are continually challenged to demonstrate imaginative and sustainable initiatives in the management of noise issues.

The John Connell Local Authority Awards recognise services, campaigns and schemes concerning noise that are shining examples of: community co-operation, noise education and creative solutions

Winner: London Borough of Haringey Temporary Accommodation and Mental Health

Highly Commended: Kirklees Council Partnership Solutions to Noise Problems

Highly Commended: Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council New Out of Hours Noise Service

Highly Commended: Westminster City Council The Proactive Noise Team

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The John Connell Innovation Award 2009

The John Connell Innovation Award, established in 2000, encourages the development of new schemes to resolve noise pollution problems and recognises a pioneering approach that addresses this issue from a unique standpoint.

Winner: Sharps Redmore Partnership PA solution for the Brit Oval

Highly Commended: Arup Acoustics Recital Hall, King’s Place London

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The John Connell Technology Award 2009

This award recognises the crucial role that industry plays in the reduction of noise pollution and the positive impacts that result. Often technology that reduces noise will contribute to other environmentally responsible solutions.

Winner: Thermo King SLX Low Noise diesel refrigeration unit

Highly Commended: Ricardo UK WAVE simulation software

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John Connell Silent Approach™ Award 2009

To this end, NAS will be recognising significant achievements in the area of quiet transport operations. Its Silent Approach™ award recognises significant initiatives to reduce the impact of delivery noise during the day but especially at night. This is a mounting concern especially in relation to large infrastructure projects.

This year’s winners will show that it is possible and cost effective to address noise pollution issues during planning stages of large infrastructure projects and set requirements that are cost effective, often saving time and valuable resources, and do not disturb local residents.

Winner: Olympic Delivery Authority Code of Construction Practice

Highly Commended: London Borough of Islington Construction Impact Noise Monitoring Officer

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John Connell 50th Anniversary Awards 2009

In recognition of our founder, John Connell OBE, and the significant role of NAS in driving forward campaigns and solutions to solve noise pollution issues, this year we will honour key individuals who have made outstanding contributions to this cause. NAS is delighted to recognise the commitment, influence and positive impact these individuals have played in their fields.

Max Dixon Town planner and urbanist specialising in noise and soundscape management

Stephen Turner Director of Acoustics, Bureau Veritas

John Hinton OBE, President, Institute of Acoustics

John Stewart Chairman, HACAN

Robert Goevears SenterNovem, Advisor to the Dutch Government and developer of the PIEK measurement scheme for quiet equipment

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