Air Quality Assessment – UKCG Church, Woolwich


Universal Church for the Kingdom of God Help Centre in Woolwich

REC’s Air Quality Consultants were commissioned to undertake an Air Quality Assessment in support of a mixed use development in Woolwich, London. The proposals comprised of a commercial unit at ground floor level and a residential unit on the first floor.

Air Quality Management Area (AQMA)

The assessment was undertaken to make sure that new residents would not be exposed to elevated pollution concentrations. The site is located within an Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) declared by the Royal Borough of Greenwich across the whole borough due to exceedences of the annual mean Air Quality Limit Values (AQLVs) of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and particulate matter (PM10). These exceedences are the result of high traffic flows throughout the London borough.

Air Quality Conclusions

REC determined pollutant concentrations in the vicinity of the site through a dispersion modelling assessment using the software package ADMS-Roads. The residential units of any development are those considered sensitive to elevated pollution. Because the sensitive units were located on the first floor only, the model was completed at a height of 4.5m.

The modelling predicted that pollution concentrations across the development were below the annual mean AQLVs for NO2 and PM10. Also, because Greens End is pedestrianised, the increase in traffic flow generated because of the development was not likely to make an impact. As such, no mitigation was required and the development could proceed as planned.