A principal practice in light, its implications in design and its effects on its neighbours. We provide a more creative, lateral approach. By challenging current thinking, we deliver incisive and fresh solutions for every project on which we consult.
“GIA is a team who understand the built environment. They proactively assess the development opportunity and understand our aspiration in a visionary way.”
Thought leaders and initiators
At GIA, we channel our culture of curiosity, creativity and discovery into everything we do. Our research and new ways of approaching current planning guidelines puts us in the optimum position to advise clients.
Guiding Light publication
Our 2017 publication which provides a contextual approach to Daylight and Sunlight guidance for dense urban environments.
Daylight and Density publication
Our 2018 publication which discusses the application of the housing SPG on daylight.
Daylight and Sunlight presentation
Senior Partner, Simone Pagani, presents new ways of interpreting Daylight and Sunlight guidance.
Challenging the guidelines
Through our research and fresh thinking, we challenge many of the current planning guidelines. We minimise risk and maximise value, providing our clients with essential services for a successful development.
“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”.
Camden Goods Yard
A rigorous two-and-a-half-year project, producing a pioneering approach to density and daylight.
Increasing density in the City of London led to this project requiring many of our assessments from a very early stage.
Detailed contextual planning was required to finally gain planning for this project on appeal.
Creative thinking for planning success
Every development is unique, meaning every project needs a bespoke, strategic response. We look beyond the formulaic linear process, redefining our role by providing essential insights that are creative and holistic in their approach.
“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.”
The Final Show at Earls Court
Masterplanning was crucial for the neighbouring properties to gain planning consent in this multi-billion pound development.
Cracking the Shell Centre
Planning for offices, homes, retail units and community gardens near Waterloo shows how urban density and amenity work together to produce better use of land available.
Deansgate Square Manchester
The tallest buildings in Manchester required extensive local studies to gain final planning permission.
As co-founders and developers of VU.CITY, GIA has access to the largest and most accurate city model in the world.
We also develop award winning bespoke apps that bring data and the 3D environment together.
A revolutionary tool for architects, developers, advisors and the public sector.
Real-time, accurate VSC calculations.
A fully interactive contextual planning iPad app.