WIND ENGINEERING

Wind Microclimate studies for planning

Wind study

Planning applications for tall buildings in the urban environment often require a wind microclimate assessment (wind study) to ensure a new development does not adversely affect pedestrian comfort and safety.

Traditionally, such studies could only be undertaken with wind tunnel testing of a scale model, requiring time-consuming model creation and the use of specialised test equipment. However, computer simulation of wind around buildings, exploiting Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) technology, is now established as a faster, cheaper and more flexible option. It offers greater insight and enables rapid design changes while satisfying the requirements of local councils and authorities for planning applications

Using industry leading simulation software like Ansys, we regularly undertake qualitative desk studies and full quantitative CFD wind studies considering Lawson criteria, partnering closely with architects, developers, councils, civil & structural engineers and planning consultants to simulate how air flows around new developments.

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Wind study

Through early involvement in a project while building massing is still flexible (typically RIBA 2 or 3), we can help you avoid expensive last-minute delays in the planning process.  This includes analysing the effects of terrain and studying meteorological data, while applying both “real time” and detailed CFD for early identification of potential issues with pedestrian safety and comfort.

Once the wind conditions have been assessed, our engineering team can provide guidance on how to mitigate any issues by landscaping and other measures.

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Example projects

Fish Island, London
Bishop Gate, Coventry
Hollis Croft, Sheffield
Market Street, Aberdeen
Moorbridge Court, Maidenhead
Strawberry Fields, Stockport
Candleriggs, Glasgow
Grove Street, London
Forrester Hall, Preston
Napier & New Plymouth, Rainford
Serena Solar & Sunrise, Hornchurch
Atholl Square, Aberdeen

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