Battersea Heliport and helicopter noise

Noise monitoring study 2017

Excessive noise and disturbance from aircraft can be a nuisance or even detrimental to health.

The London boroughs of Wandsworth, Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea are jointly funding a noise monitoring study to be undertaken by South Bank University.

This will measure and map noise created by helicopters using the London Heliport in Battersea.

This type of study will be a UK first and it is hoped the results will provide new objective information about the local sound environment.

It is intended that the study results will be shared with the Greater London Authority (GLA), Government Departments, including the Civil Aviation Authority and the London Heliport to explore possible opportunities for local noise reduction and general improvement in the quality of life for those affected by helicopter fights.

Sound readings will be taken close to the Heliport and at a number of residential locations in the three boroughs using new “state of the art” noise measuring equipment.

Get involved

We are looking for volunteers who live within a 3-mile radius of Battersea Park to give a temporary home to our new noise monitors. Most of the noise monitors will be located inside so a spare room would be ideal but is not essential.

The devices will record ‘noise energy’ and will not be listening to any private household conversations. It will be possible for the equipment to identify a helicopter by its unique sound profile. The equipment is unobtrusive and simple to use.

We also need a small number of volunteers who live close to the heliport with balconies or terraces overlooking the Thames to give a short-term home to some weatherproof sound recording equipment. 

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