How We Assist Architects and Planning Consultants
At Smith Marston, we want to provide a good, reliable service and help you get your scheme over the line. We report accurately, and we will not simply tell you what you want to hear but what you need to hear. Reporting must always be credible and stand up to scrutiny to not undermine our service and put your application at risk of being refused.
Comprehensive Assessments and Reports
Our reports are prepared based on the requirements of the most widely recognised and used document in the UK for assessing good Daylight and Sunlight design. This document is known as “Site Layout Planning for Daylight and Sunlight – A Guide to Good Practice, 2nd Edition” by Paul Littlefair. This is a nationally recognised publication, and whilst not mandatory, it has been adopted by many design practitioners, planning consultants and Local Authority Planning Departments throughout the UK.
Collaborative Support in Planning Processes
We collaborate closely with architects and planning consultants, understanding the unique requirements of each project. Our aim is to complement your expertise by providing in-depth technical knowledge and practical insights. This collaboration ensures that assessments are integrated seamlessly into the design and planning stages, guaranteeing compliance with regulations and optimal utilisation of natural light in the final building design.
Elevate Your Designs with Our Expert Support
Daylight and sunlight assessments are pivotal for compliant, well-designed spaces. At Smith Marston, we specialise in supporting architects and planning consultants with comprehensive assessments and expertise. Let us handle the complexities of assessments, allowing you to focus on your creative vision.
Partner with us today for expert support in creating spaces that prioritise compliance and enhance the human experience. Contact us to learn more.
FAQs for Architects & Planning Consultants
What are Daylight and Sunlight Assessments, and why are they essential in architectural design?
Daylight and sunlight assessments measure the impact of a proposed development on the availability of natural light to existing buildings and outdoor spaces. They are essential as they ensure compliance with building regulations, guarantee optimal utilisation of natural light in design, and minimise overshadowing concerns in neighbouring properties.
At what stage in the design process should a daylight and sunlight assessment be conducted?
Ideally, assessments should be conducted in the early stages of the design process. Starting assessments early allows for better integration of findings into the design, ensuring compliance and mitigating potential issues effectively.
What methods or tools are used in conducting these assessments?
Daylight and sunlight assessments often involve 3D modelling, simulation software, and empirical data collection. These tools help in accurately predicting the impact of a new development on natural light access.
How do these assessments influence the architectural design process?
These assessments significantly influence design decisions by guiding the placement of windows, openings, and the overall layout of the building to optimise natural light while adhering to regulatory standards.