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Westfield implements effective noise barrier solution

In a bid to uphold corporate responsibility, Westfield Design and Construction has implemented Echo Barrier soundproof panels for its recent project in Macquarie Centre in North Ryde NSW.

The organisation claims the barriers have helped reduce noise complaints from shops, customers and nearby residents.

“This is a heavy demolition and new build project which involves extensive noisy works like piling, concrete cutting and running generators in close proximity to shops, offices and residential areas,” says Westfield Design and Construction Macquarie Centre Risk Manager Simon Lyster.

“So a main priority is that we don’t cause disruption, or where we have to. We work closely with those affected to minimise disruption.”

To mitigate noise and lessen disruption, Lyster has adopted smarter work approaches as well as erect the Echo Barrier soundproof panels around affected work sites.

Lyster says the benefits of using a temporary noise barrier system like Echo Barrier are two-fold.

Firstly, they offer a versatile and simple solution to protecting the surrounding community from noise disruption; and secondly, they add another dimension to demonstrating corporate responsibility which Lyster thinks is of utmost importance.

“I have been able to get quite a bit of use out of them because they are very easy to put iup and pull down as necessary,” he says.

“We have used the same 40 Echo Barrier panels in various locations across the site, such as on hoardings and windows to decrease the effect on shops and on temporary rooftop fences where glass covered board rooms and offices are located.”

“To protect the surrounding residents from noise coming from night works, I put the barriers in a transportable horseshoe around plant and equipment every night, and it certainly helped,” he adds.

At the end of the day, it is all about keeping the stakeholders happy, Lyster says.

“Relationships are massively important to us, and systems like Echo Barrier are imperative to be able to demonstrate our dedication to the surrounding community and our stakeholders. “

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