Richard Coleman Citydesigner was commissioned in 2004 to assist Wilkinson Eyre Architects in the design process and preparation of a planning application for a prominent development on the Brighton seafront, including a 42 storey residential tower. The consultancy provided ongoing advice on the design of the scheme, and carried out assessments of its impact on local heritage assets, such as the neighboring Grade I Listed buildings in Kemp Town, and the visual impact of the scheme on important views in the townscape, from the South Downs and from coastal views.
Advice from the consultancy played a pivotal role in developing project strategy, while we also engaged in advocacy for the project with major stakeholders, such as English Heritage. The consultancy also produced, as part of an EIA, a Townscape and Visual Impact Assessment report which presented an analysis of the baseline conditions, design critique of the proposals and and results of the impact assessments carried out, using accurate visual representations (AVRs) produced by the specialist visualisation consultants Miller Hare. The project was approved in 2006. As a result of this work the consultancy was invited to take part in a second equally ambitious project designed by architects Allies and Morrison.