Crossrail Noise and Vibration

Project summary

Service provided:  Construction Noise and Vibration Management Services
Location:  London, United Kingdom
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Client:  Crossrail
Period of the service:  2012 - 2017
Duration of service:  5 years

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The Challenge

The £16bn Crossrail project will deliver new stations and railway infrastructure into the urban and sub-urban communities of London to increase public transport capacity and reduce congestion on the existing transport network. The project involves construction of 42km of new tunnels and 10 new stations beneath central London.


The management of noise and vibration during construction of the railway was one of the key challenges faced on the project. Crossrail established ambitious environmental objectives to ensure that impacts were minimised and controlled.



Our Role

Sixense were appointed to provide a wide range of noise and vibration consultancy and monitoring specialist services to main contractors on some of the most challenging construction sites. Sixense work ensured construction could progress whilst keeping environmental impacts to a minimum, in accordance with the Crossrail Environmental Minimum Requirements.


We also prepared numerous construction noise and vibration consent documents including noise insulation/temporary re-housing assessments and Section 61 consent applications, as well as vibration impact assessments, mitigation plans, complaint investigation and expert technical advice throughout the works, working closely with the main contractor in consultation with the local authorities.



Added Value

As complex engineering projects progress, construction methodologies invariably evolve. Sixense acoustic consultants were in constant liaison with the project teams to provide reactivity in line with each project’s requirements.


By proactively keeping the client informed about key risks, the services allowed them to focus on what they do best – construction engineering, with full confidence of meeting the needs of an ever-changing and challenging project.

Project Key figures

16 Construction sites
50+ Consents obtained
7 Liaisons and negotiations with local authorities
>100 Technical monitoring reports