John Connell Awards 2019

Award submissions are now being accepted. The deadline for entries is Friday 13th September 2019. For more information on how to apply, please email


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 250 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 solving noise pollution problems.


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, builds on the ANC’s #ExploreAcoustics campaign and recognises short video communications aimed at inspiring young people about the wide range of opportunities available to students interested in a career in STEM, and which engage the target audience, are creative in their approach, have good production values, and promote inclusivity and diversity.


This award, kindly sponsored by RHE Global, recognises local authorities that have best used the Noise App to support assessing and managing their local community’s noise problems including 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 recognises advances in low-noise technology, equipment and operations to facilitate safe, low(er) noise and efficient urban distribution services. Past awards have been won by operators, vehicle manufacturers, trailer-makers, bodybuilders and ancillary equipment suppliers who’ve created quieter products, services and programmes to reduce environmental noise impacts.


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, in memory of the late NAS Trustee David Armstrong, recognises 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 Campaign Award is given to a company which has shown outstanding use of its Quiet Mark to increase market awareness.


The Quiet Mark Commercial Sector Award, kindly sponsored by Salamander Pumps, is given to a company which has shown outstanding commitment to customer care and values that align with Quiet Mark objectives.

Award submissions are now being accepted. The deadline for entries is Friday 13th September 2019. For more information on how to apply, please email

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