Evander Glazing and Locks gains shortlist for first-ever entry to the John Connell Awards

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Noise Abate­ment Soci­ety recog­nis­es project that reduces the impact of traf­fic noise for thou­sands of people 

Evan­der Glaz­ing & Locks has gained a finalist’s spot for the John Con­nell Awards for their work for High­ways England’s Noise Insu­la­tion Scheme.

Appoint­ed as prin­ci­pal con­trac­tor, Evan­der have inspect­ed, sup­plied and installed noise mit­i­ga­tion mea­sures to 1000 homes, deliv­er­ing health and well-being ben­e­fits to approx­i­mate­ly 2300 peo­ple, from the glaz­ing and oth­er prod­ucts put in place. 

Traf­fic noise is the sec­ond biggest envi­ron­men­tal prob­lem in the EU, accord­ing to World Health Organ­i­sa­tion. After air pol­lu­tion, noise is affect­ing health the most, with traf­fic noise linked to stress-relat­ed health prob­lems such as stroke and heart disease.

High­ways Eng­land runs a scheme to help those who may be most affect­ed by road noise. The scheme sup­ports peo­ple who live in Noise Impor­tant Areas” (NIA’s), of which there are over 1,000 through­out Eng­land, typ­i­cal­ly found in loca­tions where oth­er noise reduc­tion mea­sures such as phys­i­cal bar­ri­ers or low noise road sur­faces can­not be used. The scheme reduces the effect of road noise by improv­ing the noise insu­la­tion of affect­ed homes. 

High­ways Eng­land iden­ti­fied NIAs next to major roads, both in and out­side urban areas, where new dou­ble glaz­ing would be the best solu­tion for reduc­ing noise pol­lu­tion. Evan­der works with them to con­tact the prop­er­ty own­ers, assess, inspect and offer free replace­ment win­dows and doors, install them, and then remove old prod­ucts and mate­ri­als from site for recycling.

Evan­der install a unique glaz­ing prod­uct that has been test­ed and cer­ti­fied by Sal­ford Uni­ver­si­ty, to achieve the desired inter­nal noise lev­els. This is fur­ther sup­port­ed by a mar­ket-lead­ing ven­ti­la­tion solu­tion which pro­motes an increased peri­od that win­dows need to be open, not only address­ing noise ingress but also improv­ing inter­nal air quality.

The Noise Abate­ment Soci­ety is cel­e­brat­ing its 60th year, so this is great tim­ing to reach the finals for the John Con­nell Awards in our first attempt.” Says Graham Pye, Evander’s Sec­tor Direc­tor for Noise Abate­ment. Key to Evander’s appoint­ment as prin­ci­pal con­trac­tor was our recog­ni­tion of how road noise pol­lu­tion impacts on people’s well-being and on their com­mu­ni­ties. Work­ing with High­ways Eng­land, we wel­comed the oppor­tu­ni­ty to con­tribute to improve­ments that would ben­e­fit the public’s health and qual­i­ty of life.” 

In 1960 John Con­nell lob­bied the Noise Abate­ment Act through par­lia­ment, mak­ing noise a statu­to­ry nui­sance in the UK for the first time, the new noise leg­is­la­tion to be enforced by local author­i­ty Envi­ron­men­tal Health Officers.

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

E: graham.​pye@​vps.​evander.​com W: www​.evan​der​.com T: 0345 145 0130

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