GIA Manchester Consults on the Former BHS Store in Liverpool


Sam Wallis managing Director of GIA Manchester announces involvement in project managing the strip out and facade replacement works of the former Liverpool BHS store.

Working alongside Falconer Chester Hall Architects and Graham Construction, the project commences this autumn.

This is just one example of the numerous quality developments underway in Manchester and the North at present. Sam and GIA are excited to be working with some of the leading developers, architects and planning consultants in the area. We look forward to bringing the same innovation, expertise and experience to our work in the North, as we have in our 25 years at the forefront of such development advice in London.

Sam Wallis, Managing Partner, Manchester office
Rights Of Light, Daylight & Sunlight, Building Consultancy
T: 0161 672 5101

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GIA Opens in Belfast

 GIA Belfast Managing Partner Kevin Francis with Alan Wilson of Invest Northern Ireland

GIA Belfast Managing Partner Kevin Francis with Alan Wilson of Invest Northern Ireland

GIA are delighted to announce our expansion overseas with the introduction of our new Belfast Office.

The office opening comes off the back of a considerable increase in demand for specialist Daylight, Sunlight and Rights of Light services as construction booms in Northern Ireland.

GIA continue to strengthen new and existing relationships in Northern Ireland through the use of the VU.CITY model, which has been used to great effect by Belfast Planning Committee (BPC). The BPC also recently granted permission for the first phase of the £400m regeneration of the former Sirocco Quays site, situated along the River Lagan in the heart of Belfast.

We look forward to bringing our 25 years of innovation and expertise to Belfast to help local authorities and developers shape the Belfast skyline for years to come.

For more details, please contact

Kevin Francis

Tel: 02890 918 200

Mob: 07875 467 011

VU.CITY Award Winners!

VU.CITY wins the Infrastructure and Construction Tech Award at the inaugural EG Tech Awards.

EG has launched an exciting new set of awards to celebrate the best in all things tech. The EG Tech Awards will celebrate both the tech firms powering the digital innovation taking place in the real estate sector and the property firms that are working hard on their own transformations.

VU.CITY is the largest, most accurate digital model of London. The 700 sq km model, created by our founders, Wagstaffs and GIA, is constantly growing and being updated with new planning consents.

Cities covered to date are London, Belfast, Birmingham, Manchester, Oxford and parts of Brighton.


GIA Overturn Landmark Whitechapel Case


GIA, specialist in rights of light, daylight and sunlight called for a revision of the BRE approach to the issue (which is focused more on suburban development) for dense urban environments in a report published in May last year.

It said: “While it recommends a more contextual approach and setting alternative target values for city centres, urban environments and historic locations, it crucially does not set out what these are.

“In the absence of this guidance, a ‘one size fits all’ approach is taken by many local authorities, resulting in the same daylight/sunlight targets appropriate for a development in suburban locations being applied to developments in central London.

“This impedes London’s ability to make the most efficient use of its land, resulting in low site coverage and greater separation distances between buildings. Most importantly, it hinders London’s ability to deliver the volume of homes that its population needs.”