Welcome to Building Up. We draw together our experts’ insight and market intelligence to help you grapple with the challenges arising in optimising the potential of your development sites
With pressure for growth and land values at record levels in certain areas, our clients are looking for creative ways to deliver high quality development at increased densities. This applies to all types of development whether commercial, retail, residential or mixed use.
The obvious answer is to build up but experience suggests that achieving significant height brings with it a number of particular challenges. These may include effects on heritage, protected views, daylight, sunlight, rights of light and other neighbourly and environment issues – all to be addressed at the design phase. As your development moves from the architect’s drawing board and into the world of construction, further challenges arise in relation to the costs and deliverability of procuring tall or high density schemes within our crowded cities.
These challenges are not limited to the construction of entirely new tall buildings. Similar issues can arise when adding additional storeys to existing buildings, infilling undeveloped areas and expanding outwards to fulfil the potential of a site.
We launched our Building Up initiative with a panel discussion on 5 June, with further events planned.