The Noise Abatement Society: John Connell Awards
The Noise Abatement Society (NAS) is a dynamic UK charity with an international impact. It raises awareness of measured, considered and responsible use of sound. NAS helps to find practical solutions to relieve the physical and mental distress caused by noise, which profoundly affect all aspects of life.
John Connell OBE lobbied the Noise Abatement Act through Parliament in 1960, when noise became a statutory nuisance in the UK for the first time. Over fifty years later, the cost of noise to society is immense in its negative effect on productivity, learning, health and social cohesion. Gloria Elliot OBE, John Connell’s daughter, is Chief Executive of NAS.
The John Connell Awards acknowledge the importance of the quality of sound in our lives, and champion vital advances in noise reduction for the public benefit. They recognise local authorities, organisations, manufacturers and individuals.