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Rights of Light

Daylight & Sunlight

Wind Microclimate

Building Consultancy

Party Wall


We specialise in Rights to Light, Daylight and Sunlight, CFD Wind Microclimate Analysis, Building Consultancy and Party Wall. We provide a holistic perspective to planning, asset management and development and by using cutting edge technology to analyse and inform, we provide incisive solutions for every project on which we consult.

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Thought leaders and initiators

Our research and our broader approach to planning through contextual studies, amenity and the use of cutting edge technology, enables us to identify significant issues very early on in the process. This ‘real life’ approach to planning allows us to be more agile and responsive for our clients, whilst considering the needs of all affected by a project.

“GIA have a pioneering approach to embracing PropTech that enables them to offer a great service that is adapts to clients’ needs. The property and construction sector always tends to lag behind other industries in R&D. Firms like GIA show just what can be achieved by embracing technology to innovate and find more effective ways of solving problems.”

Tom Wilmot, Capital & Centric

Guiding Light publication

Providing a contextual approach to Daylight and Sunlight guidance for dense urban environments.

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Daylight and Density publication

Our 2018 publication which discusses the application of the housing SPG on daylight.

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Daylight and Sunlight presentation

Senior Partner, Simone Pagani, presents new ways of interpreting Daylight and Sunlight guidance.

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Challenging the guidelines

With a growing population and up to 70% of us living in cities by 2050, GIA recognises the inherent tension between the need to meet development targets, balanced against the quality of life for existing residents. When holistically considering new development, we focus on the wider context of the urban environment, considering the different aspects of human wellbeing and amenity.

“The Team at GIA have an unwavering quality that binds them together – they are driven to be the best in class.  Their devotion to that goal fuels every aspect of the experience you get in working with them; from innovation and technological advancements, to problem solving and service delivery.  Anyone involved in real estate should be speaking with them”

Wayne Nash, Shoosmiths LLP

Camden Goods Yard

A rigorous two-and-a-half-year project, producing a pioneering approach to density and daylight.

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100 Leadenhall

Increasing density in the City of London led to this project requiring many of our assessments from a very early stage.

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Detailed contextual planning was required to finally gain planning for this project on appeal.

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Creative thinking for planning success

At GIA, our 25 years of specialisation and expertise have allowed us to become an authority in our field, providing new thinking that’s helping to redefine the industry. Our collaborative and highly responsive approach has led us to become trusted advisors to all our clients. We pride ourselves on consistently challenging received opinion and championing creative, empathetic solutions to complex planning problems.

“GIA excels in helping the client and the Local Planning Authority understand the interdependencies and cumulative impacts associated with multiple tall buildings in close proximity to each other.”
Nick Crawford, LBS Properties

MeadowSide, Manchester

GIA established a Rights to Light strategy across this city centre scheme, working closely with FEC legal team.

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Erie Basin at Salford Quays

GIA worked with the client to achieve planning and facilitate development through the Party Wall Act 1996.

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Deansgate Square, Manchester

The tallest towers in Manchester required extensive local studies to gain final planning permission.

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PropTech Pioneers

As co-founders and developers of VU.CITY, we have access to the most accurate interactive digital 3D platform of the urban environment in the world. We are using VU.CITY to help our clients make better, more informed decisions. We develop and integrate bespoke applications that merge our analysis and data into stunning 3D environments – most recently used at two major successful planning inquiries.

“GIA have always given us good, honest advice that is accurate and reliable, given the data we have available at the time, for us this enables key decisions in the development process to be made on a more informed basis”

David Fairclough, Director, Progressive Living Developments


A revolutionary tool for architects, developers, advisors and the public sector.

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VSC Tool

Real-time, accurate VSC calculations.

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Whitechapel App

A fully interactive contextual planning iPad app.

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