Take a look at our past projects to understand more about our work process.
The South Eastern Livestock Exchange (SELX) Yass
The current Yass Saleyards is a combined sheep and cattle selling facility, however, falling market share and the need for major capital investment mean the existing facilities are no longer fit for purpose. It has been determined that an entirely new development would offer the opportunity to develop a fit for purpose saleyards at a significantly lower cost than a refit, and to expand operations, creating a major regional livestock selling centre: hereafter referred to as the South East Livestock Exchange (SELX).
Blackett Acoustics was engaged by SELX Pty Ltd to provide an assessment of noise associated with the proposed SELX located in Yass.
Dubbo Macquarie Home Stay (MHS)
The MHS project is based from a not for profit organisation to establish a patient and family accommodation facility, in close proximity to the Dubbo Base Hospital, for those who need to use the services of the hospital. Providing short-term accommodation for patients and their families or carers. The Project Site is bounded by Yarrandale Road to the east, Cobbora Road to the south and Tony McGrane Place to the west. The proposed development would comprise the following;
• 107 single bed / studio and 2 two bedroom serviced apartments and hotel style rooms.
• Community use rooms, site reception building and ancillary storage buildings fronting Tony McGrane Place.
Blackett Acoustics was commissioned to address the acoustic issue of traffic noise intrusion, investigate the degree of traffic noise exposure and recommends construction to reduce traffic noise ingress to the proposed development.
Cowra Heavy Vehicle Bypass
The Cowra Heavy Vehicle Bypass (CHVB) has an approximate length of work is 8,400m with a single lane in each direction. The CHVB aimed to reduce heavy vehicle traffic passing through Cowra by providing a route linking Mid Western Highway at Campbell Street, skirting to the southern of the railway and connecting to Grenfell Road via Airport Road.
The study area north of the proposed CHVB route has been identified based on a 2dBA contour line generated using the 2dB increase screening principle contained in Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) document entitled Noise Criteria Guideline (NCG). This approach was adopted as the receivers located north of the proposed CHVB are also influenced by traffic noise from the Mid Western Highway. The assessment corridor south of the proposed CHVB has been extended to at least 600m away from the proposed CHVB alignment consistent with the approach within the NCG.
Blackett Acoustics was commissioned by Cowra Shire Council to provide an assessment of the noise and vibration impacts associated with construction and operation of the CHVB project.
Project: Moree Solar Farm
Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV) is the owner of the Moree Solar Farm (MSF) project. The project is funded by FRV with the support of the Australian government through a grant of UD$101.7 million from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and debt on commercial terms from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC). MSF will have a capacity of 56MWac (70MWp) and will generate enough electricity to supply around 24,000 homes.
The project is located 10 km south of Moree, in northern New South Wales. Construction of the plant commenced in Spring 2014 and completed by early 2016. The EPC Contractor for the project is Green Light Contractors Pty Ltd, a wholly owned local subsidiary of Elecnor, a major international engineering firm. The MSF will have an operating life of around 30 years.
The technology used is solar PV-Polycrystalline modules with horizontal tracking and panels will have a height of approximately 2.5-3m above ground level.
The estimated annual greenhouse gas emissions reduced by the project are 95,000 tonnes CO2 equivalent and saves approx. 165,000 mega litres of clean drinking water compared to a coal-fired power station.
Blackett Acoustics was engaged to provide an environmental noise assessment associated with the proposed operation of MSF.
Southern Highlands Wines
The Southern Highland Wines has established itself over the past decade and a half as a winery and vineyard of high distinction, consistently producing high quality, award winning local wines. Adding a restaurant to the winery business and going through the Planning Proposal process to have the site zoned SP3 Tourist, to enable Tourist and Visitor Accommodation as a permissible land use, were two significant steps along the path towards the current Development Application.
The China Horse Club’s (CHC) association with the Southern Highlands is a recent one and follows the purchase of the rural property ‘The Chase’, located opposite the vineyard and winery on Oldbury Road. The potential for providing world class tourism accommodation at the adjacent Southern Highland Wines did not go unnoticed by the CHC. The proposed new buildings reflect classical European Mediterranean design proportions, with the architecture inspired from a Tuscan village theme.
By way of background to the current Development Application, Southern Highland Wines is no stranger to being host venue for tourism events. The site is also the venue for an annual local Christmas Fair and holds regular weekend restaurant and entertainment functions.
In short, the property is an ideal location for tourism related activities, benefitting dually from intrinsic scenic attributes and easy access to a potential customer base. Providing visitors with a world class accommodation facility in which to base themselves will provide options for a longer stay and an opportunity to make a greater exploration of the Southern Highlands many attractions, including the vineyard trail, historic Berrima, and the many quality restaurants, cafes, gift shops and other unique commercial businesses that typify the Southern Highlands towns and villages.
The development will set a landmark in terms of a quality and scale that to date has no comparable precedent within the Wingecarribee Shire.
Blackett Acoustics was commissioned to provide assessment of the noise impacts associated with the proposed function hall and helipad operation of this project.
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