As innovative Surveyors in Rights of Light, Daylight and Sunlight and Neighbourly Matters, we provide a more holistic perspective to planning and development. By using cutting edge technology to analyse and inform, we provide a broader and more contextual approach. Challenging current thinking, we deliver incisive solutions for every project on which we consult.
“Without hesitation, I would recommend GIA as they are unequivocally the leading innovators in their industry. While the BRE Guidelines are a good starting point, it’s clear that in a city which is constantly evolving and developing, context is king when considering daylight and sunlight. Their approach goes far beyond a simple numerical calculation of light.
Instead, their market-leading research and technology has allowed them to pioneer new ways to interpret and present a tricky subject matter to understand what the change of light is likely to be experientially. By way of example, this unique approach allowed us to produce a persuasive and successful narrative for the Inspector at a recent inquiry for which GIA produced exceptionally impressive evidence.”
Our research and our broader approach to planning through contextual studies, amenity and the use of cutting edge technology, enables us to identify significant issues very early on in the process. This ‘real life’ approach to planning, looking at problems in their widest context, allows us to be more agile and responsive for our clients, whilst considering the needs of all affected by a project.
“GIA is a team who understand the built environment. They proactively assess the development opportunity and understand our aspiration in a visionary way.”
Daylight and Sunlight within planning guidance in London
Challenging the guidelines
With a growing population and up to 70% of us living in cities by 2050, GIA recognises the inherent tension between the need to meet development targets against the right for our citizens to have a decent quality of life. When holistically considering new development, we focus on the wider context of the urban environment, considering the different aspects of human wellbeing and amenity.
“GIA is leading the way in influencing London policy in a pragmatic and positive way, challenging conventional thinking towards densification, demonstrably improving the optimisation of Land in London”.
At GIA, our 25 years of specialisation and expertise have allowed us to become an authority in our field, providing new thinking that’s helping to redefine the industry. Our collaborative and highly responsive approach has led us to become trusted advisors to all our clients. We pride ourselves on consistently challenging received opinion and championing creative, empathetic solutions to complex planning problems.
“GIA excels in helping the client and the Local Planning Authority understand the interdependencies and cumulative impacts associated with multiple tall buildings in close proximity to each other.”
As co-founders and developers of VU.CITY, we have access to the most accurate interactive digital 3D platform, of the urban environment in the world. We are using VU.CITY to help our clients make better, more informed decisions. We develop and integrate bespoke applications that merge our analysis and data into stunning 3D environments – most recently used at two major successful planning inquiries.
“Only very rarely do I come across a product that when I first see it I’m left wondering how we ever coped without it – VU.CITY is one of those products”.