John Connell Awards 2019

The John Connell Awards 2019 will be held at the Palace of Westminster on the evening of 23rd October 2019, kindly hosted by Colonel Bob Stewart DSO MP, Member of Parliament for Beckenham.

The awards are named after NAS’s far-sighted founder John Connell OBE, who lobbied the Noise Abatement Act through Parliament in 1960 when noise became a statutory nuisance in the UK for the first time. These unique annual awards, known as the ‘Noise Oscars’, are now in their 18th year. They acknowledge the importance of the quality of sound in our lives, and champion vital advances in reducing the negative impact of unnecessary noise for the public benefit. Over 280 recipients from local authorities, industry, organisations and individuals have now been honoured for the significant impact they have made to improve the aural environment.

The award categories for the John Connell Awards 2019 are as follows:


This award, kindly sponsored by ROCKWOOL UK, recognises that controlling excessive and unwanted noise in the community is one of the many tough responsibilities of Environmental Health Practitioners. Local Authorities are continually challenged to demonstrate imaginative and sustainable initiatives in the management of noise issues. The John Connell Local Authority Award recognises services, campaigns and programmes that are shining examples of community cooperation, education and creative solutions to solve noise pollution problems.


This award, kindly sponsored by RHE Global, recognises local authorities that have best used the Noise App to support the assessment and management of local community’s noise problems. This includes how a local authority has communicated the existence of the Noise App service in its area, following up responses to noise complaints made using the Noise App, and successful outcomes in solving noise issues facilitated by the Noise App.


This award, kindly sponsored by Anderson Acoustics, recognises the advancement of Soundscape principles in line with the international standard BS ISO 12913-1:2014 and the practical ‘real-world’ application of the standard. As a member of the ISO Soundscape standard committee, since 2009, the NAS helped to develop, research and evidence new acoustic measurement and assessment methods which more accurately reflect what the listener hears. Soundscape opens up the possibilities of managing sound in a more positive way to benefit our communities, health and wellbeing.


Innovation is the key to successfully solving noise pollution for the benefit of all. This award, kindly sponsored by the Institute of Acoustics, recognises original thinking when faced with particularly challenging acoustic issues, whether through noise control or reduction programmes, management, technology or good acoustic design.


The STEM Award, kindly sponsored by the Association of Noise Consultants and ANV Measurement Systems, as part of The ANC’s #ExploreAcoustics initiative, recognises short video communications aimed at inspiring young people to consider  acoustics as a STEM career and encouraging the acoustics community to get more involved in delivering STEM activities.


This award, kindly sponsored by Brigade Electronics, recognises significant advances in industry awareness and best practice to reduce noise from operations and logistics. This award is for organisations which have developed proven noise reduction programmes, whether through the adoption of quieter transport modes, low-noise ancillary equipment, staff training or other pro-active noise awareness initiatives.


This award, kindly sponsored by Arup, in grateful memory of the late NAS Trustee David Armstrong, recognises and encourages the next generation of acoustic and soundscape practitioners.


Quiet Mark is the international mark of approval for excellence in quiet technology and solutions initiated by the Noise Abatement Society. The Quiet Mark Award, kindly sponsored by Salamander Pumps, is given to companies who have made significant investment in low-noise technology to align with Quiet Mark objectives supporting consumer health and well-being.

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