North Street Quarter Development in Lewes City

North Street Quarter Development in Lewes City. North Street Quarter Development in Lewes City. School of Environment and Technology      

Built Environment and Civil Engineering Division

Module BE 319 Building Performance & Design Configuration

Academic Year 2015/2016          



The purpose of this document is to set out the assessed coursework components of this module.

Aim of the module

To show how performance criteria are incorporated into the design configuration of buildings. To develop the students ability to write a client brief and from that propose a set of design solutions.

Learning Outcome

The student should on completion of this module be able to:

  • Appraise a site in terms of its suitability for a proposed development
  • develop a design performance brief
  • develop and present an outline design solution

The Project

Version 1



Version 2

Development by Lewes people for Lewes people

Affordable homes.  Places to work.  Brilliant buildings


There are three phases to your assessment:-


  1. A site appraisal (group work)
  2. Preparation of design brief with performance requirements.
  3. Presentation of an outline design solution

The Site Appraisal (BE319/1)

This site appraisal is to include all of the factors that would be required by the client and design team in order to help develop your brief and then be utilized in the design. As an added complication there are two existing proposals to be considered as part of this appraisal. Students are referred to BS 5930 (2015). Students will be divided into groups as detailed below. The findings of each group will be provided in the form of series of PowerPoint presentations which will be posted on student central for students to access

The following areas (inter alia) must be considered:

  • CO-ORDINATION –to co-ordinate and manage the work of the other groups.
  • HISTORY – A historical résumée of the development of the site
  • GEOLOGY – What are sub soil conditions AND likely existing construction materials on and surrounding the site? Sections through the site MUST be provided. This group should also consider ground water/tide/watertable/acquifers.
  • TOPOGRAPHY, DIMENSIONS & UTILITIES – A surface survey in level and grain with all roads public paths lighting standards etc. A dimensional survey of all buildings in the vicinity of the site over an area of both in plan and section/elevation. This may be carried out as a desktop exercise but must be verified on site. Location of all utilities on and around the site
  • EXISTING TRANSPORT FACILITIES AND TRAFFIC AROUND SITE – What is current vehicular and pedestrian traffic around AND into site? What are the implications in terms of logistics of access to and from the site and parking on it for its proposed developments.
  • PLANNING – Status of site in the Local Development Plan. What are restrictions on the site usage if any including building heights? What planning permissions exist for the new development? Section 106 for approvals? This group should include:-
  • Project 1 Resume
  • Project 2 Resume
  • NOISE, AIR & GROUND WATER POLLUTION – Noise & Air survey at sufficient locations and times to permit statistical analysis of existing situation. An analysis of existing potential site contamination resulting from previous uses. Effects of leaching should therefore be considered. It is suggested the Environment Agency be contacted.
  • BIODIVERSITY & WEATHER – Exist flora and fauna on and around site. Weather survey giving: rainfall, snowfall, wind directions and speeds, temperature, sun paths around the area through the year
  • SECURITY /HEALTH AND SAFETY/CRIME/LOCAL COMMUNITY – How many people live and work on site and who are the local stakeholders? What is their level of interest? Who will lose out and who will gain from potential development?
  • ARCHITECTURE – A survey of the Architecture and streetscape in the area
  • SITE MODEL – Students will produce a topographical model of the site and environs. The should be produced in CAD and physical format.

The above list is an indication of the areas to be covered. It is expected that the students will themselves determine the full list of criteria needed from consideration of the site locality and any additional knowledge that they may have.

Please see notes on risk assessment before making site visit.

The design brief (BE319/2)

This task comprises the creation of a design brief with performance requirements that can later be developed into a detail design either by its authors or other designers. The following provides an outline of the areas that are to be covered in this section (and for which marks are awarded).

Design Brief

A design brief should incorporate all the performance needs of the project; a professional interpretation of the client’s perceived needs. They should be measurable and so quantitative targets as well as qualitative description will be needed.

Site appraisal

Your brief should include an appraisal of the site insofar as it provides opportunities or constraints to any potential development. Students are also expected to review available information and make recommendations to the client about any additional information required to enable subsequent stages in the design process to proceed.

Precedent Studies

To assist the development of the brief you are encouraged to look at precedent studies i-projects of similar size and usage. This work is to be placed in the appendix of your design brief report and should to contain your own analysis of the clients set brief for these projects.


This document must demonstrate that you have considered all of the main criteria that could affect the provision of your project. Remember that the essential concept of this report is that you are trying to tie up the designers with the performance criteria for the building so that such the requirements are all measurable.

Marks are also awarded for presentation and structure (including referencing).

BE319/2 – Assessment Form for Preparation of design brief with performance requirements.

Development brief                                         30%

Use of performance criteria                        20%

Appraisal of site                                                                20%

Use of Precedent Studies                            20%

Presentation & structure                              10%

Design solution presentation (BE319/3)

Moving forwards from the design brief for the proposed site the requirement is now is to adapt the proposals made to create a masterplan solution for the site (part of this process should be to critically re-examine your performance brief).

Students will make a short presentation (10 minute presentation (strictly observed) and 5 minutes for questions) to the module leader, your student peers and other invited guests. To this end you are to prepare an IT based presentation or, alternatively, a video which conveys the broad principles of your scheme. Do remember that this is a preliminary design solution. Your presentation should explain the deliberations (and precedents) which led to you design solution.

BE319/3 – Assessment Form for Design Solution Presentation

Visual Quality of presentation                    20%

Story Line                                                            20%

Cost Information                                              10%

Quality of Proposed scheme                       50%

Don’t forget that commercial aspects of the scheme will help fund the other aspects of the project so attention will be given to this in assessing the suitability of your proposal.

  • Architectural and technical solutions should be sought to resolve site levels, highway constraints and surrounding architecture
  • Considerations should also be given to the potential risks associated with the location of the site e.g. flooding
  • Consideration of private space/public space and permeability through the site are important considerations.
  • It is each student’s responsibility to take due care, observe health and safety requirements as well as apply common sense to ensure that their health, safety and welfare and that of others are not compromised during visits to the site. If in doubt ask.

The Assessment Package

There are three assessments in this module each of which are components of a single project (percentages relate to double module):

BE319/1 – Presentation of the site appraisal (group work)

week 6 .weighting 15%

Students written report will be placed on student central for all students to access

BE319/2 – Preparation of design brief with performance requirements.

week 11. weighting 45%

BE319/3 – Design solution presentation                (10 minutes per student)

week 16  weighting 40%

It is essential that all students attempt all pieces of the work.

Students are reminded of good practice. Hand-ins should include (as appropriate):

  • a cover sheet
  • a clear contents page which allows the reader to access any specific section which may be of interest.
  • Headings and sub-headings
  • a conclusion
  • references using the Harvard system
  • Appropriate appendices.  

Risk Assessment for Site Appraisal


In general the work involved in this module is low risk provided students behave in a sensible and logical manner. The purpose of this document is to highlight certain processes involved in the work required for this module where there could be a small element of danger. It is important that if any student has a physical, material, allergic, skin or other disability which could affect them in any way on the work associated with this module they are to draw this to the attention of supervisory staff. Students must not embark on any of the activities required if they are under the effects of intoxicating liqueur or of drugs.

Site Appraisal & Model making

  • a high viz waistcoat should be worn when visiting the site

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  • Any student who suffers from fits, diabetes, asthma or any other similar illness, which could be exacerbated by fieldwork, should inform the module leader.
Accident prevention
  • All equipment should be carried in the correct manner to prevent injury to the body or damage to the equipment.
  • Any student with known back problems should notify a supervising member of staff.
  • Correct posture should be maintained whenever lifting any equipment.
  • All instruments with points should be carried correctly with the pointed end pointing to the ground and wherever possible carried vertically.
  • No material is to be left on the site area after the work is finished where it is possible that in a later date a third person may be injured.
  • Correct attire should be worn at all times be prepared for bad weather and soft/wet ground
Should you have an accident
  • Should any student be involved in an injury whilst carrying out any of the work involved in this module they are to inform a member of staff as soon as possible.
  • It is important however that if a student is allergic to any medication whatsoever they draw this to the attention of staff.
  • No student should administer medication to another student without knowledge of first aid unless the situation is life threatening.
  • Should any item of university equipment become damaged please inform the staff. p(9)Place your order now to enjoy great discounts on this or a similar topic.People choose us because we provide:

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