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Reducing Noise Impact for a National Distribution Centre



Project Type

Distribution Centre



The Background

Aldi wanted to build a national distribution centre to form part of its logistic network and to support their plans for national store network growth.

A huge 72 acre site was identified five miles from the M1 and plans were submitted to build over 1.3million sqft of warehousing and offices, creating over 750 jobs. The site would operate 24 hours a day, 365 days per year on a three shift pattern. During a typical peak morning period between 8am-9am, around 89 cars and 105 HGVs would access the site, and in the peak evening hour from 5pm that could be 79 cars and 94 HGVs.

Due to the sheer scale and high volume of activity on the site, the single biggest concern was the noise pollution that would emanate from the site each and every the day, and its impact on the local communities.

The Solution

As a leading installer of acoustic fencing projects that require unusually high acoustic fencing panels, Aldi approached Procter with the need to reduce the impact of noise from the new development on the nearby residential properties
Procter proposed a bespoke perimeter system that would not only mitigate the noise impact of the daily site activity, but also act as a secure barrier to site entry, whilst also blending in with the natural local surroundings.

Procter designed and installed a bespoke acoustic system and installed over 930 metres of a 9.1m high fencing panels. The double sided reflective barriers were mounted on steel posts in order to be better suited to high wind loading situations, whilst also designed to meet the stringent noise reduction standards of the Highways Agency.

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The Result or Feedback

Products designed, supplied and installed

  • 931m of 9.1m high timber acoustic panels
  • 149m of 3m high timber close board fencing
  • Three 2.1m high matching timber acoustic gates

Key Procter Acoustic fencing features include:

  • Environmentally friendly timber construction
  • Meets stringent Highways Agency requirements
  • A heavier and more robust system than the popular Single Sided Reflective System, the Double Sided system is very popular in industrial applications to minimise noise pollution
  • Reflects noise on both sides of the barrier
  • Anti-Climb Design incorporating hidden structural components thus reducing the risk of intrusion very popular in environments where there is heavy pedestrian presence such as in the vicinity of Railways, Schools and Public Houses
  • Up to 33Db noise* reduction
  • When combined with steel posts the double sided reflective system is better suited to high wind loading situations

Technical Data

  • Category B3
  • Laboratory tested sound reduction up to 33Db
  • Superficial mass 23.32 kg/m2
  • Category rating according to BS EN 1793-2:1998

For more information about fencing, gates and street furniture, go to www.proctercontracts.co.uk. Alternatively, contact Procter Contracts to discuss specific projects by emailing [email protected] or telephone 0800 294 4177.

Products used

This project is an excellent illustration of our extensive portfolio of products and services. Whatever a client needs in terms of fencing, gates and street furniture, we can supply and install both standard and custom designs. We relish working with architects and contractors to take their ideas and turn them into high-quality products that strike the right balance between function, aesthetics and cost. For fencing and gates, we ensure the required security level is achieved too. Customers appreciate our expertise and experience, and they trust us to supply and install high-quality products, at the right price and to agreed schedules.
Melloney Evans, Director of Procter Contracts