The Noise Abatement Society (NAS) has over sixty years experience of working to mitigate environmental noise. An influential UK charity, NAS is dedicated to fostering a comprehensive understanding of sound, its impacts, and the viable solutions to noise problems. NAS is steadfast in its commitment to alleviate the detrimental effects of excessive noise on mental and physical well-being, as well as on learning, productivity, and social harmony.
Affectionately known as the 'Noise Oscars', the John Connell Awards honour the legacy of the visionary founder of NAS, John Connell OBE. It was his relentless efforts that led to the Noise Abatement Act being passed in the UK Parliament in 1960. This groundbreaking act recognised noise as a statutory nuisance for the first time in the UK. Celebrating its 22nd year in 2023, the awards have acknowledged over 300 entities and individuals from various sectors for their remarkable contributions towards enhancing the sonic environment.
The NAS annual John Connell Awards are open to government, local government, industry, organisations and individuals throughout the UK and Europe. The awards recognise innovative services, campaigns, products and programmes that are shining examples of community co-operation, education and creative solutions to solve noise pollution problems and improve soundscapes.
This year, the awards evening takes place on 25th October 2023 at the Palace of Westminster. Hosted by Sir Peter Bottomley, Member of Parliament for Worthing West, the evening will bring together Quiet Mark, NAS, and all the unsung heroes contributing to a quieter tomorrow. Together, we will recognise, celebrate, and further the cause of creating a quieter, more harmonious world for all.
Visit the NAS website for more information and a deeper dive into the inspiring journey and impact of these awards.