Echo Barrier Providing Noise Reduction on a Busy High Street

When Pat Birrane, Site Manager at Morrison Utility Services, was faced with a project located right in the centre of a busy high street in Solihull, he knew that introducing noise reduction solutions was going to be essential.

The project was on behalf of Western Power Distribution (WPD) who were carrying out the installation of 2 x 11,000 volt cables. These cables, which were needed to increase electrical capacity, stretched from Copt Heath Primary Substation, situated near J5 of the M42, for 8.5km, to the Jaguar Land Rover site at Honiley.

The installation ran right through the middle of Knowle High Street, which is densely populated with shops and businesses.

As a considerate constructor, Morrison had decided to implement noise reduction solutions during early consultation with the client and Solihull Borough Council as they wanted to reduce any potential noise impact on local people.

It was felt that using the award-winning Echo Barrier was the best solution, it was quick and easy to install, offered an aesthetically pleasing way to tidy up the site, and barriers could be hired for as long as they needed.

On completion of the project Pat Birrane, Site Manager for Morrison said:

“The barriers performed very well, and several businesses commented on how quiet the work was. Initially local people were worried and under the impression that it was going to be constant noise for the duration of our works, which thankfully turned out to be the opposite. I would absolutely use these barriers again and would highly recommend them. Not only that, but the service and communication which I received from Echo Barrier throughout the project, from initial planning and delivery to completion, was first class.”

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