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Tideway scoops noise reduction award

Tideway has been recognised for its work to minimise disruption during construction of the ‘super sewer’.

On Tuesday, the organisation was presented with the Silent Approach Award at the Noise Abatement Society 2017 John Connell Awards, also known as the ‘Noise Oscars’, held at the House of Commons.

Tideway was recognised for its work in the communities around its sites, including organising regular community meetings to keep residents and other stakeholders updated and informed of planned works, and engaging with local schools and colleges. There is also a 24/7 helpdesk and an independent advisory service for those affected by disruption, including noise and vibration.

Mark Sneesby, Chief Operating Officer, said: “We are delighted to receive this award from the NAS. Our work is a vital piece of infrastructure that will help clean up the River Thames but we recognise the impact that any large construction project can have on communities. We are delighted to be recognised for the great lengths we go to in engaging with our neighbours and minimising noise impacts in innovative ways.”

Gloria Elliott, Noise Abatement Society Chief Executive, said: “NAS applauds Tideway for its excellent holistic working practices including reduction of construction noise which could impact on the community, a great example for other developers of future major constructions to follow.”

One innovation recently launched to help minimise noise is an electrically-powered hydrofraise machine, which is currently being used to dig the Thames Tideway Tunnel shaft in Bermondsey.