Swedish airport launches competition to find solution to reduce ground noise impact on local residents
Bromma Stockholm Airport
Tue 7 Jan 2014 – Swedish airport operator Swedavia has launched a competition to find an innovative solution that will reduce ground noise affecting the residential area of Bromma Kyrka, close to Bromma Stockholm Airport. The challenge, which carries a prize of 100,000 Swedish krona (around $15,000), is open to individuals and teams from anywhere in the world. Swedavia says it is looking for ideas that represent “innovation and clever design” and follow certain criteria in terms of feasibility, noise reduction, financial soundness and aesthetics. Bromma is Stockholm’s city airport, situated just nine kilometres from the city centre, with the closest residents living only 180 metres from the runway and therefore exposed to noise from aircraft and airport vehicles. Closing date for competition entries is February 28 and the winner will be chosen in the Spring.
Announcing the launch of the Swedavia Airport Innovation Challenge 2014, Jenny Svärd, Environmental and Quality Manager for Bromma Stockholm Airport, said: “It is very important for us and our neighbours to find the best solution since it will make a difference with positive effects for the Bromma Kyrka area. For Swedavia, environmental and climate smart solutions are high priority in our development of the airport.”
The competition is open to individuals or teams, with Swedavia recommending that participants be academics, professionals or organisations with a background in a relevant field such acoustics, architecture or engineering. The mission, says the airport operator, is to design and scope out a ground noise reducing device – such as a shield, wall or some other installation – that can be placed between the runway and the residential area. The solution has to be possible to implement using construction and materials currently available.
Entries will be evaluated over two rounds according to how feasible the idea is to implement, how well it reduces noise, how aesthetically suited it is and also its cost-efficiency. Swedavia specialists will be available to help with developing ideas. The winning entry will be chosen based on the four parameters by a judging panel made up of representatives from Swedavia, relevant experts and residents of Bromma Kyrka.
The provisional deadline to register for the competition is February 14, with ideas to be submitted by February 28.
Swedavia is a state-owned company that owns, operates and develops 10 airports in Sweden. Bromma, the country’s third largest in terms of passenger traffic, has an environmental permit that regulates the number of aircraft movements per year and the maximum noise level for aircraft operating at the airport. It was one of the first airports to meet requirements for the highest level of certification in the industry’s Airport Carbon Accreditation programme.