Heathrow Airport | Firebrand Insight case study

Heathrow:  Community noise alleviation.

Travel & Transport

Heathrow Airport

Living within a stones-throw of a major international airport may well gratify the plane spotter within us.  Unfortunately, for many, the spotting gene is relatively underdeveloped and the constant to-ings and fro-ings of global commerce are something to be endured rather than enjoyed.  Heathrow Airport is concerned that those who live within the sound of its runways should not be inconvenienced in any way by the proximity of their  relatively noisy neighbour.  For this reason, a number of noise mitigation schemes have been put in place through which householders may claim the cost of noise alleviation measures – principally secondary or double glazing and insulation – from Heathrow Airport Limited (HAL) who assume responsibility for arranging the works.


Firebrand is working closely with Heathrow to monitor the effect of noise (and of remediation effort) across local domestic and institutional addresses.  Additionally, we have been asked to monitor the effectiveness of aircraft vortex remediation schemes – a new twist for us.


In Firebrand, HAL has found a partner well-versed, both in aviation and in community-consultation. The benefits are clear to see:  Clear customer-derived direction is fed into the developmental process and ever-more effective noise-alleviation measures are delivered for residents and those managing community establishments within the Heathrow noise footprint.


“Firebrand are the ‘go to’ organisation for any airport-related research”

Di Young, Noise Insulation Programme Lead