Owen Street, Manchester

Renaker Developments has unveiled plans to build 1,400 apartments at the Owen Street car park site south of Manchester city centre.

The four tower scheme by Simpson Haugh and Partners will see a cluster of buildings of 37, 44, 50 and 66 storeys high. Once built, the 66 storey building will become the second tallest building in the UK, just six floors lower than the Shard in London. It will be two storeys taller than Manchester’s current tallest building, the Beetham Tower, and will transform Manchester’s skyline.

Whiteleys Shopping Centre

Located in the heart of Bayswater, Whiteleys Shopping Centre has been a key architectural and commercial entity since the mid-1920's.

Retaining its grade II listed façade, the shopping centre will see a complete transformation by Foster + Partners to provide 6950 sqm of retail floor space including a central retail courtyard, new residential apartments and townhouses, a brand new hotel, cinema and 146 basement parking spaces for residents; all spread across three basements and ten upper levels.

The surrounding public amenity spaces and walkways will also experience rejuvenation to enrich the local streetscape. 

Wood Wharf

Canary Wharf Group received outline planning permission in December 2014 for an exciting new development at the site formerly known as Wood Wharf.  GIA assisted Canary Wharf Group to deliver the proposed outline development in connection with daylight, sunlight, overshadowing, light pollution and solar glare.

The proposed masterplan (designed by Allies and Morrison Architects) will transform a vast 13.6 hectare site that has been semi-derelict and underused for decades. In addition to up to 3,610 new homes, including affordable housing, the scheme will provide a variety of business and retail units, hotel, leisure and recreational facilities, a new primary school and a doctor’s surgery, as well as 3.6 hectares of interconnected public spaces, including a kilometre of dock-edge walkways.

The scheme will expand the Canary Wharf estate into a mixed use working and living urban district. Completion of the first phase of this development will follow the arrival of Crossrail in 2018, which will transform transport links across London.

The individual plot architects are now proceeding with the detailed design and GIA is providing ongoing consultancy so as to ensure the future occupants will enjoy maximised levels of daylight and sunlight. 

Tottenham Hotspur Football Club

GIA have assisted Tottenham Hotspur to deliver their new stadium masterplan. The new stadium will be a world first; featuring a retractable natural turf surface for Football combined with an AstroTurf pitch for American Football (NFL) underneath.

The full stadium masterplan, designed by Populous, also includes a museum, a 180 bed hotel, an Extreme Sports Building (with the tallest indoor climbing wall in the world); a Community Health Centre; Commercial Space and a comprehensive residential scheme designed by Allies & Morrison providing over 550 units.

These facilities will all be linked by a new landscaped public realm, with outdoor play areas, cafes and recreational spaces that will bring the area to life during non-match days.

Lord's Cricket Ground

The new £78m Tavern and Allen Stand (aka the South Western Project) at Lord’s has been given the green light by Westminster City Council after significant opposition from residents regarding Daylight/Sunlight.

GIA’s involvement has been key in this project for the past 16 months, and it follows on from our success working on the Warner Stand in 2013/2014. Works are planned to start on site in 2019, increasing the capacity by 1,082 to 5,200 seats on a single structure; the plans will also include a new Thomas Lord Building and Tavern Pub.

Earls Court

GIA have worked on the Daylight/Sunlight constraints pertaining to the multi-billion pound Earls Court redevelopment plans, which was consented in 2012 by London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham. GIA’s involvement in daylight and sunlight regarding the sensitive neighbouring properties was crucial to gaining planning consent.

 Plans include building more than 7,500 new homes of which 1,500 will be affordable and providing 12,000 new jobs in the new urban district. The scheme will comprise of 10.1 million sq ft of development, which will include housing, offices, hotels, work space, education, cultural and community facilities, as well as a five acre park. 

Colmore Row, Birmingham

Birmingham’s NatWest Tower, Colmore Row will be replaced with a new £60m 26-storey landmark building being developed by GIA’s client Sterling Property Ventures in partnership with Rockspring. At 346ft high and with the apex to stand 807ft above sea level, the new tower will be the tallest office building under construction in the UK outside London. Designed by Doone Silver Architects, it will comprise 200,000 sq ft of Grade A office space over 19 floors with floorplates of up to 12,000 sq ft. At street level, plans include a winter garden, a café facing Colmore Row and a retail unit fronting Newhall Street. At the top of the building there is provision for a 8,600 sq ft restaurant with a 3,250 sq ft ‘lantern’ space offering 360-degree views of the city. GIA advise on daylight and sunlight matters.

Project details

Client

Sterling Property Ventures

Department

Daylight and Sunlight

Goodman’s Field

GIA advised on Daylight and Sunlight matters for The Berkeley Group’s planned redevelopment of the South East Block at Goodman’s Fields. Goodman's Fields is a unique, mixed-use, 7 acre development in the heart of the City and the South East Block will provide a range of high quality homes in a variety of types and sizes, commercial retail units, a health centre and green roofs to encourage wildlife and diversity.

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Project details

Client

The Berkeley Group

Department

Daylight and Sunlight

100 Liverpool Street

GIA were delighted to advise on daylight, sunlight and overshadowing matters for Hopkins Architects refurbishment and extension to the major 1980s building at Broadgate, London.

Backed by developer British Land and Singapore government wealth fund GIC, the detailed scheme for 100 Liverpool Street will add 16,369m2 of office floorspace to the existing 1988 Arup Associates building which currently provides 51,934sq m of office and retail space.

Project details

Client

Bluebutton Developers

Department

Daylight and Sunlight

185 Park Street

Delancey’s planned redevelopment of the 185 Park Street site is the last of the strategic development sites around the Tate Modern and comprises of three standalone buildings. One purely commercial and two residential towers.  Squire and Partners were the architects and GIA advised on daylight and sunlight matters

Project details

Client

Delancey

Department

Daylight and Sunlight

Swiss Re / St Mary Axe / The Gerkin

The Brief

The client, in tandem with the vendors of the site, wished to create the most unique, bespoke building in the City of London. GIA worked closely with Foster + Partners to minimise the impact to the neighbours as the client did not want to create a large number of issues with adjoining properties.

The Solution

We carried out detailed analysis of the site and surrounding properties with the resulting solution to create a circular building that would allow light to be received around its sides. As a result, only one property became injunctable in the whole process which was a challenge in an area of London so densely populated. The owners of that property were approached early on and a very straightforward agreement was reached with a modest sum of compensation paid.

Special Features

Whilst we would not say that GIA was responsible for the design of the property, our strategic advice and envelope analysis assisted Foster + Partners in developing a workable design which minimised the impact on neighbours and still met the client brief in full. The Swiss Re building (or Gherkin) has now become an icon which represents London in many forums, both within the property industry and more broadly throughout the world.

Project details

Name

Swiss Re, London

Department

Rights Of Light

Developer

Swiss Re

Architect

Foster + Partners

The Shard

The Brief

To administer Party Wall matters and schedules of condition. 1016 feet on top of London Bridge Station – when built, this will be the tallest building in Europe.

The Solution

So far, we have agreed Party Wall awards for the enabling works stages of the project. In addition to this, we have also carried out a schedule of condition of all buildings surrounding the site on 4 sides including Guys Hospital Tower and Ancillary Buildings, Arches beneath London Bridge Station, London Bridge Station and tracks, Jubilee Line platforms and running tunnel, London Bridge roof and office buildings. In total, we expect there to be in excess of 150,000 square meters of space having been surveyed and detailed by GIA’s team of surveyors who so far have taken 23,000 photographs.

Project details

Name

Shard of Glass, London

Department

Party Wall

Developer

Sellar Property Group

Architect

Renzo Piano Building Workshop

20 Fenchurch St

Replacing a 1960s, 25-storey tower, formerly occupied by Dresdner Kleinwort, which was demolished in 2008. Rafael Vinoly Architects 150m high tower will provide 60,000sqm of office space, retail and public space.  The top heavy design maximises floor space towards the top of the building where rents are typically higher, and has earned the nickname the ‘Walkie-Talkie’. It will feature a garden at the top of the building, which will be London’s highest public park. Currently under construction, it is scheduled for completion in 2014.

Project Details

Name

20 Fenchurch St

Department

Rights Of Light

Client

Land Securities & Canary Wharf Group

Architect

Rafael Vinoly

Heron Tower

Located at 110 Bishopsgate, and completed in 2011, this 46-floor tower forms the centrepiece of the planned Heron Plaza development. The entrance of the building includes a 70,000 litre tropical aquarium, the largest in private hands in the UK.

PROJECT DETAILS

Name

Heron Tower

Department

Rights Of Light

Architect

Kohn Pedersen Fox

One Hyde Park

The One Hyde Park development includes three retail units totalling 35,800sqm, and 86 residential properties, a joint venture between Candy & Candy & the Prime Minister of Qatar. The development is said to contain the most expensive residential properties in the UK. The building replaced the awkward looking Bowater House constructed in the 1950’s and demolished in 2006.

Project Details

Name

One Hyde Park

Department

Rights Of Light

Developer

Candy & Candy

Architect

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

Fitzroy Place

Fitzroy Place

Project Details

Name

Fitzroy Place/Former Middlesex Hospital

Department

Rights Of Light

Client

Project Abbey (Guernsey)

Architect

Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands/Sheppard Robson

Willis Building

The Willis building sits on the site of Lloyd’s ‘1958’ building, demolished after listing was refused. Foster’s building makes optimum use of the site, providing 68,000sqm of space, without appearing overbearing. The stepped tower design allows for roof terraces.


Project Details

Name

Willis Building

Department

Rights Of Light

Client

British Land & Stanhope Plc

Architect

Foster & Partners

Willis Building