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Shadow Study Portfolio

A shadow study can play a vital role in securing your planning application. It allows local planners to make informed decisions on applications by identifying the impact that a proposed development will have on its surrounding environment in terms of the shadows cast.

Shadow studies can illustrate the shadows cast by a proposed development at any time of the year. However industry standard times are December 21st, March 21st and June 21st at 9am, 12 noon and 3pm. These times are the Winter and Summer solstice and the spring Equinox. They cover the full spectrum of shadows that will be cast (longest to shortest). A shadow study should not be confused with a daylight analysis. A daylight analysis is the calculation of lost light in an existing building due to a proposed development.

There are five stages to a Shadow Study project. These are as follows:

Stage 1: Consultation and establishing requirements

Initial discussions are required to determine the requirements of our client. This will determine the concerns of the planners and the affected existing neighbouring buildings. All consultations at this stage are free of charge. A detailed fee proposal will be issued based on this consultation stage.

Stage 2: Instruction and issue of information

Upon instruction, we will request that all necessary information is sent to us in order to commence work on the project. It is likely that we will have advised on the information required during stage 1. However further information may be requested upon instruction.

Stage 3: 3D modelling, 3D visualisation and draft material

This is the ‘project phase’ and involves carrying out the various processes to create the required shadow study. Drafts will be issued for comments throughout the project. Stage 4 will not commence until sign off of all draft imagery has been received.

Stage 4: Sign off and production of final material

Upon sign off of all draft imagery, the high resolution images will be rendered and the final phase of the project carried out – post production. Final proofs will be issued for minor comments and/or sign off.

Stage 5: Issue of final material

Upon sign off of all final proofs, all shadow study images will be issued at high resolution. They will be issued electronically through the online file sharing service known as Hightail. High resolution pdfs containing the three images from each month will also be issued as part of the project deliverables.