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Development / Planning Consent
Impact Assessment
Minimise and Mitigate Impacts


At Vanguardia we have developed specialist knowledge surrounding noise and vibration for environmental and architectural projects.

Our work has included the broad spectrum of environmental projects, including road and rail networks, national and regional logistic facilities and modal interchanges, and large urban developments.

Through creating noise and vibration impact assessments and environmental statements, we give our clients the best chance of acquiring development consent orders or planning permission. This is often coupled with our work on architectural acoustics, where we inform clients how their needs might be compromised or enhanced by their building’s acoustics. Every project has different requirements, noise reduction, confidentiality and uniform sound distribution to name a few.

Our team of consultants have the expertise to develop designs to control noise generation and transmission to maximise a building’s acoustics. By bringing together these two disciplines, Vanguardia has worked on some of the UK’s leading infrastructure projects.


Infrastructure Services

Environmental Noise & Planning

  • Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)
  • Noise Impact Assessment
  • Acoustic Reports
  • Prior approval and Section 61 Applications
  • Construction Noise Monitoring and Management
  • Industrial, commercial, residential and transport noise modelling and assessment.
  • Noise mitigation engineering
  • Human health effects and noise at work
  • Ecological effects


  • Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)
  • Impact Assessment
  • human perception
  • building/asset damage
  • Construction vibration monitoring and management
  • Hand-arm/whole body vibration exposure

Air Quality

  • Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)
  • Air Quality Assessment
  • Low Emissions Strategy
  • Industrial emissions monitoring
  • Air pollution monitoring
  • Industrial, Commercial and Residential Developments
  • Construction Dust Monitoring and Management
  • Ecological and Habitats Regulatory Assessment

Expert Witness

  • Regulatory support
  • Planning Appeals
  • Hearings
  • Due diligence and client support
  • Nuisance landlord and tenant disputes

Planning a nationally significant infrastructure project

The Northampton Gateway is a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) to create a new Strategic Rail Freight Interchange (SRFI) off junction 15 of the M1 in Northamptonshire. The development comprises five million square feet of new warehousing, a new rail freight terminal, and multiple road infrastructure improvements, including a new bypass around the nearby village of Roade.

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"It is always a pleasure to work with Vanguardia – they offer professional expertise and advise in a timely and commercial manner."

Wal Groves​, European Construction Director, Mountpark

“Vanguardia have provided an invaluable one stop shop service for Noise Assessments, Air Quality Surveys and Lighting Impacts studies in support of many varied planning applications on large scale industrial developments stretching back over 15 years. Their expertise and strong technical knowledge also inform the design of developments and Vanguardia are a key consultancy in helping discharge planning conditions, post consent”

Martin Eckersall, Infrastructure Director, SEGRO