Detailed architecture site analysis
Our expert consultants conduct a complete analysis of any specific site to ensure key stakeholders make informed decisions during the pre-conceptual stages. This detailed research process assists in understanding any physical constraints, the building possibilities, and financial implications. It’s the foundation for the decision-making process throughout the design part of the project. Our architectural drafting team are here to assist you in any way we can, and no project is too large or small.
What is a site analysis in architecture?
An architecture site analysis involves several steps that include in-depth research to collate information and documentation on existing and future conditions of a project site. This preliminary process examines the site location, size, topography, zoning, traffic conditions, and climate. It also includes any future changes within the designated area.
Understanding and interpreting all these complexities is a difficult task but leads to documents, photographs, drawings, diagrams, text, and sketches that outline the conditions of the site.
Before construction starts
- evaluation of the site Land surveyors examine the site and gather key information regarding:
- Site location – this maps out roads, major landmarks, and existing buildings in the area.
- Land type & natural features – a review of site levels and landscaping can influence or change your design layout.
- Soil – soil samples indicate how much the ground moves when it’s wet or dry, and this information is used in designing slabs and building foundations.
- Climate conditions – weather changes affect the site, and it’s essential to look closely at how much rainfall the site receives each year and whether or not it’s shaded.
- Utilities – this part of the analysis identifies and locates electricity, gas, water, sewage, and drainage.
- Market analysis This outlines the project’s feasibility and considers demographics, literacy rates, and the area’s population density.
- Council regulations & feasibility reports Understanding zoning guidelines and limitations is a vital part of the architectural site analysis. It determines the legal requirements set out by the local government authorities and helps the architect draw up plans based on these regulations.
- Recommendations Based on the architectural site analysis, projections and forecasts are put forward, along with any recommendations regarding the site and the building design.
- Application process Drawings are finalised, and the application for approval is submitted.
A feasibility report is developed from all the information gathered and includes further information about technical, structural elements, and cost analysis.
Who’s involved in a site analysis
This is dependent on the size of both the project and design teams involved. Most projects will require consultation with:
Land surveyors – clearly map out the boundaries, any existing structures on your property and identify any geographical issues that may impact land use.
Civil & geotechnical engineers – investigate and evaluate soil, rock, structural foundations, utilities, zoning, and hydrology.
Benefits of an architectural site analysis
A site analysis allows the designer to fully maximum the site’s potential and identifies the possibility of a specific construction project before it commences. The research gathered from an architectural site analysis will clearly point out anything that can prevent the project from going ahead or that will negatively impact the overall outcome. Other benefits include:
ROI – issues are identified upfront to avoid any constraints later down the track.
Maximizes the site’s potential – allows the designer to take advantage of a view or capture the sun at a specific time of the day and avoid unwanted neighbourhood noise.
Decision-making process – all stakeholders have an informed overview of the structure before any work commences.
Prevents legal issues from arising – when the preliminary plans are presented to the local government authorities, initial feedback can be provided, keeping the project free of any unwanted legal issues. Our knowledgeable architects and drafting team understand all the complexities and intricacies of any construction project. Let us help you follow all the correct procedures to make your project run smoothly.