“An area intended for people who appreciate the intimacy and safety of a village,” as the municipal website describes the neighbourhood concept, of which commenced the third phase construction in 2020. That creates obligations in terms of the quality of its layout and appearance. Intimate and rural are the keywords in this. Because the district partially borders a railway line, measures have been take to prevent noise pollution from passing trains.

Between Zuidhoek 3 – the last phase of the project plan – and the railway line, a 3 m high sound barrier has been erected, on top of it is a 1.45 m high noise reduction Noistop fence. This guarantees peace and residential enjoyment for the residents. The first section of the screen to be installed is 400 m long and is to be extended in the future by a further 200 m of screen.

Project Location

Kapelle, the Netherlands

Noise pollution is a health risk

When environmental noise rises beyond an acceptable level, over time it can have serious repercussions for health - directly or indirectly. More than 40% of Europeans are exposed to noise that is harmful to their health. Noise pollution caused by traffic and industry can be prevented or mitigated by the construction of sound barriers and the installation of noise fences. Noistop fences are used in (new) supermarkets in residential areas, for example where residents may experience pollution from deliveries by goods vehicles. They have also proved their worth in new developments built alongside busy roads and to combat noise pollution on school playgrounds.

By reducing noise pollution from traffic, residential areas, businesses and industry, noise fences help people to enjoy a more peaceful living and working environment and promote health and wellbeing.

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