Individuals that have made an outstanding contribution to the noise industry were rewarded at a glittering ‘Noise Oscars’ ceremony at the House of Commons on Tuesday 10th October 2010.
The 10th annual John Connell Awards, hosted by Mike Weatherly, MP for Hove and Portslade, recognised the Local Authorities, individuals and organisations judged to have been outstanding in their efforts to both reduce the impact of noise nuisance and seek to pioneer practical and innovative solutions to noise pollution.
Gloria Elliott, chief executive of the Noise Abatement Society, said: “We live in an increasingly noisy society and many of us are unaware of the destructive effect that noise pollution can have on health, learning, productivity and quality of life…. Each of the winners of the John Connell award categories have made an outstanding contribution to creating practical solutions to help reduce noise pollution, enabling us all to benefit from a more harmonious environment.”
The awards were as follows:
John Connell Local Authority Award 2010
Sponsored by quietrevolution
The backbone of the John Connell Awards, the Local Authority award is designed to recognise and promote innovative ideas and initiatives from Local Authorities that have made a positive impact on the reduction of excessive noise in the community, helping to improve the aural environment.
Winner: Sheffield City Council
Highly commended: Cardiff Council and North Lincolnshire Council
Stephen Crosher, Commercial Director at quietrevolution said: “Local authorities have an incredibly difficult task to police and control noise pollution within our communities.”
John Connell Silent Approach™ 2010
Sponsored by Brigade Electronics, this award encourages developments in the area of reducing noise to the benefit of the community whilst enhancing the environment.
Winner: Southwark Borough Council, Temple and Mace for the glass Temple and Mace ‘Shard’ building, and their role in addressing the problem of disruption and noise disturbance in a dense urban situation, and becoming a template for other major construction sites in the future.
Philip Hanson-Abbott, managing director, Brigade Electronics said: “It is with great pride that we work with the NAS to support and recognise other organisations which work to this aim, and, if real environmental progress is to be achieved it is imperative that such initiatives are distinguished and promoted.”
John Connell Technology Award 2010
Sponsored by The Institute of Acoustics, this award applauds the vital vital role that industry can play in reducing noise pollution in our environment.
Winner: Tennant Green Machines
Highly commended: Container Centralen
Trevor Cox, President, Institute of Acoustics, said: “It is great to see a green product win, especially one that considers good acoustic design to be a vital part of sustainability.”
John Connell Enterprise Award 2010
This award is given in recognition of exemplary partnership working for the public benefit. In particular it recognises the exceptional dedication of individuals within their roles who go above and beyond accepted standards – those who forge a path for others to follow.
Winner: Andi Cunningham, Chair of Vale of the White Horse Neighbourhood Action Group
Winner: Andy Boyd, Chief Inspector Thames Valley Police, Vale of the White Horse LPA Commander
John Connell Innovation Award 2010
This award aims to encourage the development of new solutions to resolve noise pollution problems, using a pioneering approach that addresses this issue from a unique standpoint.
Winners: Joint Local Authority Regulatory Services (JLARS) – London Boroughs of Hackney, Waltham Forest, Newham and Tower Hamlets and the Olympic Delivery Authority
John Connell Europe Award
This new award recognises important initiatives undertaken in Europe to improve the aural environment for the benefit of all. It aims to encourage and disseminate good practices that can assist other European countries embarking on aural improvement programmes, especially in urban environments. The winner of this award is nominated by the NAS.
Winner: City of Stockholm, Soundscape & Acoustic Ecology Pioneers
Winner: Department of Environment, The Netherlands; PIEK Quiet Delivery Programme
The NAS are now teaming up with the European Environment Agency (EEA) to raise awareness and reward initiatives all over Europe. A new European noise award will be presented for the first time in November 2011.
Colin Nugent, noise project manager at the EEA, launched the new award on Tuesday said: “We are delighted to be associated with the Noise Abatement Society and to be launching a European award from 2011 onwards. Noise is a key policy area and the EEA is keen to contribute to its implementation and further development”.
Trude Adler Award
This award celebrates the unsung heroes who make our world a better – safer, healthier, quieter – place to live and to whom we all owe a debt of gratitude.
Winner: Venetia Allan for developing the UK’s first Key Stage 3 curriculum to help the Society to educate young people about safe MP3 listening and hearing health.
Winner: Dominique Czopor, The Boiler Room, for her community approach to running her live music venue with sensitivity, insight and consideration for the local community
John Connell 10th Anniversary Lifetime Achievement Award
This award honours key individuals who have made outstanding contributions to raising the profile of noise pollution as a critical environmental issue and who have worked tirelessly over the course of their careers to effect solutions for the public benefit.
Winner: Alan Blissett for his commitment and achievement of 47 years in noise mitigation and prevention at Southwark Council, working tirelessly to effect solutions for the public benefit.
Winner: Stephen Stansfeld, for his continuing work on the effects of environmental noise on mental health.
Winner: Colin Grimwood, for his outstanding services to the acoustics profession and his work on noise legislation, guidance and policy