REDUCING TRAFFIC NOISE AT SOUTH LONDON SCHOOL WITH ACOUSTIC BARRIER
Located in the bustling Old Kent Road area of London’s Borough of Southwark, Ilderton Primary School’s central aims are to achieve ‘a happy, calm and nurturing school community’ and ‘a highly stimulating learning environment’. Local noise and traffic sometimes pose a challenge to reaching these goals. Particularly, the site’s location below a busy road made it easy for both air and noise pollution to travel into the playground and classrooms.
As the area undergoes rapid regeneration, which will see the addition of 20,000 new homes, 3 tube stations and 2 schools, one of Southwark Council’s key objectives is to reduce pollution and improve health. To this end, it made a commitment to work with all of its schools in areas with bad pollution. So, when Ilderton School made a plan to install some landscaping as a protective measure from traffic fumes and noise, they received support and funding from the council.