As building stock varies so considerably in our cities, it is highly likely that there will be a degree of compromise when matching available supply with the demand for space. We analyse specific buildings to test efficiency and appropriateness using best practice criteria. Although a full building appraisal will incorporate assessments of plant, servicing strategies etc, a first pass architectural analysis will highlight any key issues that might lead to an instant rejection from any building selection long list.

Building Measurement - combined with clarification site studies and checks, we carry out desk-top building measurement in accordance with the RICS Code of Measuring Practice using existing CAD plans to determine: 

  • building form
  • the current net internal supply in relation to the gross area available
  • statutory circulation required and subsequent NIA:NUA efficiency ratings
  • depths of space and floor to floor heights
  • planning grids, size of floor plates and number of storeys

Movement around the buildings and core fixes - means of access, methods of vertical and horizontal evacuation, compartmentalisation and circulation widths are scrutinised to ensure a comprehensive understanding of the building’s fire strategy and statutory limitations. Other elements typically analysed are:

  • structures
  • hierarchical qualities of space
  • natural daylight, atria, solar control
  • accessibility, staff safety and building security
  • flow and orientation
  • deliveries, storage and waste
  • primary services distribution routes