Imperial Wharf

Imperial Wharf

The Brief

Our brief was to provide an internal and external daylight and sunlight analysis for what, at the time, was the largest residential development in the country comprising of a 32 acre site, 2 million square foot of mixed use development with 1665 residential units, in a derelict area between Chelsea and Fulham in London. We worked closely with the client to design and justify the second phase of this development. We looked in particular at the daylight and sunlight impacts on the existing residential properties within phase one, as well as those surrounding the site and the proposed residential accommodation to be built.

The Solution

We faced a number of major challenges including the sheer enormity of the site, numerous project alterations, short time scales and the need to achieve compliance with strict criteria without compromising the scheme design, value and programme. Having identified these problematic areas, we worked closely with the architect and St George to develop creative ways in which mass could be shifted around within the site. This allowed us to maintain the overall level of accommodation required whilst reducing the impact to the surrounding properties and the scheme itself.

For the internal analysis we examined and designed the interior space planning, balcony locations and designs, the size and styles of windows such as projecting windows, angled windows and window size. The actual window designs were analysed to reduce glazing bars, allowing the maximum area of available glass and consequently increased levels of light to pass through each window. Today Agents describe the site in glowing terms: “Extensive windows, balconies and terraces make the most of the spectacular views inland to Imperial Wharf’s tree-lined central boulevard and out across the Thames and the 10 acre landscaped park”.

Project Details


Imperial Wharf, London


Daylight and Sunlight


St George plc


Broadway Malyan