Nottingham Castle Visitor Centre

Commissioned by Nottingham City Council to carry out Daylighting Calculations to demonstrate the suitability of proposals in providing sufficient daylight to meet BREEAM Assessment requirements under the HEA 01 Daylighting criteria.

Key Facts

Services Provided:

  • BREEAM Internal HEA 01 Daylight Analysis and Reporting

Contribution to Planning Consent: BREEAM Assessment and rating is a requirement of planning to ensure building sign-off. These essential additional credits have been achieved through advice from Encon Associates confirming the internal daylight design would achieve good levels of internal daylight. The decision was then made to pursue these credits on this basis.

Key Environmental Facts: Point Daylight Factors in excess of 2% in sales areas and Average Daylight Factors in excess of 2% in all other occupied areas were achieved.

Nottingham Castle

The Project

Costing over £29 million, the redevelopment of the Nottingham Castle site, including the Ducal Palace and Grounds and the extensive cave systems hidden within the Castle Rock, provides a new state of the art visitor centre.  Designed and built to the stringent BREEAM sustainability standards, the construction of a new Visitor centre at the Nottingham Castle site will provide additional historical information, activities and restaurant facilities to transform the iconic Nottingham landmark into a world-class heritage destination.

BREEAM Daylight Calculations

By constructing an accurate 3D model and running a dynamic simulation of the building, Encon Associates were able to calculate Daylight Factors in accordance with BRE recommendations and demonstrate that the proposed visitor centre would receive sufficient daylighting in line with BS8206-2:2008 "Lighting for Buildings Part 2: Code of Practice for Daylighting" and CIBSE Lighting Guide and BREEAM HEA 01 requirements, achieving the full 2 credits under this section.

Nottingham Castle Daylight Image

The Daylight Study will be presented within the BREEAM Assessment to contribute key additional credits to ensure the required BREEAM rating is achieved.

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