Jakoustic® Reflective acoustic barrier from Jacksons Fencing was specified to reduce the impact of noise on neighbouring properties of a new McDonalds restaurant at Cannon Lane in Tonbridge.
McDonalds is one of the biggest food chains in the UK with 1,149 stores nationwide, many of which are located on redeveloped sites near urban areas. One of the issues this can create is noise pollution caused by the activities of customers, vehicles in the car park and drive-thru and the restaurant itself. McDonalds were required by Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council planning authority to have a noise impact assessment to determine the effect the operation would have on the local area, including a section of nearby residential properties.
Many factors were included in the assessment, including the two-storey restaurant design, drive-thru facility and the intended 24 hour opening time. The noise impact assessment found that traffic from the nearby main road was the dominant source of noise in the area. To ensure this did not impact on the wellbeing of local residents, the noise assessment recommended that an acoustic barrier at least 2.7m high should be installed on the northern boundary of the site.
Jakoustic® Reflective acoustic barrier was chosen as the best solution to reduce the impact of noise on neighbouring properties. A 42 metre run of the acoustic barrier was installed on the northern boundary next to the car park at a height of 2.7m as specified in the noise impact assessment.
The Jakoustic® Reflective barrier reflects noise away using specially designed timber boards, constructed in such a way that eliminates gaps that sound can travel through which can reduce noise pollution by up to 28dB. Additionally, the acoustic barrier features an attractive timber facade and provides high levels of privacy for the residential properties nearby.
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