As soon as engaged in a brand new venture one of many first belongings you’ll need to organise will likely be your go to to the proposed web site, nevertheless typically that is unlikely to occur immediately and so within the meantime it is vitally helpful to hold out a web site evaluation desktop examine.
This entails the evaluation of secondary data and analysis taken from maps, web searches and literature, and utilizing them to check the connection (individually and between) the rapid and prolonged contexts of your web site previous to your go to.
…that is sometimes carried out while sat at a desk and so therefore the title …a (web site evaluation) “desktop examine”.
While making you conscious of the placement you might be about to go to, a web site evaluation desktop examine can even assist to focus on the important thing and most essential areas that may want additional bodily examine as soon as there. This can allow you to get extra out of your go to, and be significantly helpful whether it is troublesome to go to the location greater than as soon as, or your venture is time delicate.
When wanting on the areas of the location and the encompassing context that must be recorded as highlighted (in Architecture Site Analysis – An Introduction) a desktop examine will have the ability to decide a few of them earlier than your go to. Enabling you to be extra environment friendly and due to this fact spend time on the weather that may solely be bodily assessed.
There’ll nevertheless be components of the location evaluation comparable to historic analysis and map information that may solely be obtainable via a desktop examine through search engines like google and digital maps, and so it solely advantages to do that earlier than visiting.
…additional making ready for and serving to to structure your go to and description what precisely to search for.
What to search for… Google or Bing maps
A superb place to begin is to find the websites geo-location by typing the location deal with into Google or Bing maps and thru this you’ll be able to then initially determine:
- plot size
- Context (city or rural)
- Building density
By means of this easy degree of analysis you might subconsciously begin to lay the inspiration for idea growth and even start to generate a easy architectural design in response to your findings previous to visiting. The profit to this early leap into the design course of is that it is possible for you to to bodily take a look at the concept on web site, which can additionally result in figuring out additional areas and points of the location to analyse.
What to search for… OS map and topographical survey
Following this and as talked about, the following step needs to be to acquire an OS map and topographical survey (if obtainable) of the location in PDF and DWG format, most universities, schools and architectural practices have accounts with firms who readily provide them.
You must print just a few copies in readiness to your go to, and begin to annotate not less than certainly one of them with the above data highlighting recognized options and to attract consideration to the areas that may require additional bodily investigation.
An OS map and/or topographical survey offers you:
- A scaled location
- exact web site entry (public and private)
- Site ranges (topographical survey solely)
- Possession boundaries
- Site space
- Site options
- Surrounding context
- Sizes of current buildings
- Orientation (additional clarification)
- Vegetation dimension and exact location
- Surrounding freeway and footpath areas
What to search for… Web search and literature
The ultimate stage of the architectural web site evaluation desktop examine is to analysis the location via web searchs and literature, this could spotlight:
- Planning restrictions (through the native councils web site to determine pointers on dimension, peak, density, and quantity)
- Planning pointers (native plan and design guides)
- Planning historical past
- Legal restrictions (Inexperienced belt, Conservation areas, Listings, AONB, SSSI, Easements, Covenants)
- Site historical past
- Surrounding context historical past
- Aerial and 3D images
- Geological information
- Flood information
- Ecology information
Lastly and as talked about, this all helps in the direction of making your web site go to (and venture) as environment friendly as potential and can deliver to mild solutions to questions that simply wouldn’t be recognized with out doing the analysis (the desktop examine) beforehand.