We at Blair Gratton Architects have been using 3D modelling since 2004 – here are two examples of feasibility study work which we have undertaken for different commercial clients both designed and presented using these skills. The designs had to incorporate vehicle presentation spaces, sales pods and administration in modern bespoke sales environment themed in accordance with the respective companies brand.
We met our clients to hear their aspirations and concepts for the buildings so that we could develop a client design brief with them. Both clients had a site which we investigated to understand the proposed environment. Designs have to be presented in a manner which are easily transferable and of quickly understood and 3D modelling can provide the suitable medium.
Using 3D modelling we render and illustrate our ideas of the internal spaces together with external views.
These are examples of feasibility work which we have completed allowing our clients to consider ideas and move a project forwards. Feasibility studies have to be produced quickly and images must be of a high quality. We use our skills as an architect to ensure that the schemes are fully achievable and realistic should it be decided to proceed to full design. Critically, the designs are bespoke and offer a uniqueness which the clients value. Quality of detail and space is fundamental to ensure that buildings not only meet but exceed expectations and provide individual and honed solutions to a clients proposal.
We were commissioned by a national vehicle retailer to design a new showroom with workshop, sales and office facilities at a site they owned near Preston, Lancashire.
With a floor area in excess of 4,500 m² plus first floor and a budget of £3.5m the project represented one of the largest we had ever undertaken as lead consultant and Architect. We ran the project from early concept design stages A-B successfully taking it through a complicated and protracted planning process to the return of tenders from contractors.
We produced all of the production drawings and construction information for Building Regulations Approval including the iSBEM calculation. Simon Gratton attended a 3 day BRE course to become qualified in using the software to energy rate the building. We interviewed all key consultants to create a design team and working with the quantity surveyor, a Bills of Quantities was prepared for tendering to nationally recognised contractors (RIBA work stage H).
The building was designed to compliment an existing facility on the site which was to be refurbished as part of the scheme. The site was part of a flood plain, at one side a watercourse separted the area planned for the new building from the existing site. Environment Agency approval was sought and granted for bridging the watercourse and the design incorporated its own effluent treatment facility and reed bed to purify waste. All storm water was either retained or ‘harvested’ for use in vehicle washing, hose pipes and toilet flushing with the remainder discharged to the water course.