Heathrow Airport began as a small grass airfield in 1946 and celebrates its 70th Anniversary this year. It was privately owned and was known as Western Aerodrome, its main purpose was test flying commercial. In 1944 the Air Ministry were granted approval to begin developing the airfield into a major transport base for the RAF. Essentially the area was constructed with 1 runway and a tented terminal. Debates regarding the name were underway during 1945, initially it was thought there could be an issue for foreign pilot’s pronunciation of the word ‘Heathrow’.
By 1950 a permanent building replaced the tented terminal and the site continued to be developed over subsequent years with Terminal 2 in 1955, T3 in 1968, T4 in 1986 and T5 in 2008, resulting into the Heathrow we all know today.
At present London Heathrow is the UK’s largest airport and the world’s busiest international airport. Statistics show 77 million passengers travel through Heathrow each year and 1.5 million tons of cargo.
Changes made at Heathrow Airport since 2011
Day and Night Heathrow Noise Insulation Scheme
The first plane was created by the Wright Brothers in 1903, the plane had a basic design of a wingspan of 40.3ft and consisted of a ‘piston engine’ (12 horsepower), in today’s world a readily used Boeing 707 plane has a wingspan of 199ft and has an engine range of up to 10 difference performance levels depending on where the aircraft is situated in the sky. Heathrow Airports development has organically evolved coinciding with the aviation industry and they began tackling the issues of noise pollution created by the volume of aircrafts within the area.
However, it would be impossible to create planes that don’t create some type of noise. Therefore, in unison with the specifications of the EU Noise Directive 2002/49/EU, an action plan with boundaries of eligibility to reduce noise for the surrounding areas was published for Heathrow airport in 2013 by the Environment Research Consultancy Department (ERCD), part of the CAA.
Day Noise Insulation Scheme
8,500 homes are affected by noise disturbance by aircrafts during the day. Homes that are disrupted between the hours of 6:00am through to 11:30pm and are within the boundary for the Day Noise Insulation Scheme are eligible to receive:
- 50% off the cost of replacement windows and doors to the whole house glazed with special acoustic glass to reduce noise, or free secondary-glazing
- Free loft insulation and through wall ventilation
Night Noise Insulation Scheme
41,000 homes are affected by noise disturbance by aircrafts at night time. Homes that are disrupted between the hours of 11:30pm through to 06:00am and are within the boundary for the Night Noise Insulation Scheme are eligible to receive:
- 50% off the cost of replacement bedroom or bedsitting room windows and doors only glazed with special acoustic glass to reduce noise, or free secondary-glazing of bedroom or bedsitting room windows and doors
- Free loft insulation and through wall ventilation
With the findings of the 2015 Airports Commission Report, it is evident that the current Heathrow Noise Insulation Scheme, which Newview Homes & Conservatories are proud to convey are 1 of the 2 providers for the scheme and we will not only continue to provide the residents in need of the scheme but will continue to be fully supportive in our efforts to further reduce the impact the Airport’s noise has on those living in the immediate vicinity.
Newview providing Heathrow residents with the Day and Night Noise Insulating Scheme
Since 2011, we have been the leading contractor installing Rehau high performing, noise reducing windows and doors to houses in close proximity to Heathrow flight paths as well as secondary glazing, loft insulation and wall through ventilation, helping to improve the quality of life for thousands of households.
Residents who have not yet been involved in the scheme are still eligible for funding for replacement double glazed acoustic windows and doors, plus loft insulation and through wall ventilation – all of which Newview can install.
As part of our programme to help reduce noise levels within homes under Heathrow flight paths, Newview can provide a secondary glazing service. Secondary glazing from Newview is perfect for period properties, preserving your home’s traditional aesthetic whilst improving overall energy efficiency. The additional glazed layer provided by secondary glazing not only improves your home’s noise insulation but also helps to retains heat, eliminate draughts and is far easier to install. If you live in a period property in close proximity to Heathrow Airport, or replacing the original windows isn’t a viable option, secondary glazing is often the best alternative.
Funding levels depend on your proximity to aircraft noise, so if you think you might be eligible for funding, please first go to www.heathrowairport.com/noise/what-you-can-do/apply-for-help/noise-insulation-schemes to check your address and to register.
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Potential Improvements for the future
Heathrow have recently published a report further to the publication of the Davies Commission Report which recommended Heathrow Airport for the expansion to three runways in order to meet the increased global demand for air travel. Figures documented by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) also state the positive and beneficial effects a third runaway could provide to existing residents. Due to the proposed location of the third runway existing flight paths will provide a reprieve for residents currently being affected by noise disruption as the new flight path will create a respite on existing flights.
Understandably residents have many questions regarding the expansion of Heathrow as new residents will be exposed to noise pollution but Heathrow are committed to ensuring all residents affected will have the scheme made available to them and will invest at least £550m on new noise and property compensation schemes.
The Government is expected to make a decision on whether to accept Heathrow as their preferred airport by the end of 2016.
John Holland-Kaye, Chief Executive of Heathrow Airport said:
“Today, the team at Heathrow start the important work to deliver the vital new runway that the UK needs to compete in the world. A new runway will open trade routes and create jobs up and down the UK. Heathrow will play a key role in making our country stronger and fairer for everyone.
“We look forward to working with Government, business, airlines, the CAA and our local communities to deliver an airport that is fair, affordable and secures the benefits of expansion for the whole of the UK”.