Great Eastern Quays, London

Great Eastern Quays is a large mixed-use residential development including 2,000 new homes, B1 office, commercial and community buildings, located at the end of the Royal Albert Docks in East London. The site was previously occupied by a vacant office building and pump house. Constrained by the close proximity of the site to the London City Airport and flood risks from surrounding docklands resulted in the development of a very dense scheme with building storey heights limited to seven-storeys. The density and scale of the proposed masterplan required detailed technical analysis of the sustainability issues to be undertaken at planning stages which established our scope of work which included the provision of daylight and sunlight assessments and light pollution and solar glare analysis to support the planning application. A detailed computer 3D model was built and any potential overshadowing effects of the proposed scheme on the sunlight or daylight availability of the existing surrounding properties were assessed, comparing scenarios both before and after the proposed development. Sunlight and daylight levels within the proposed residential units, gardens and open spaces were also analysed to enhance the quality of the spaces and provide visual comfort to the occupants. These assessments were carried out at early design stages to inform the massing and internal layout design during the detailed design stages and the findings were presented as part of the overall environmental impact assessment report for the site.

Notting Hill Housing

Maccreanor Lavington Architects

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