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Recently, we have introduced the latest technology and software as part of our design process, to enhance the architectural services available to clients.

In collaboration with Innova Care Concepts, Director Jonathan France was able to showcase this new, innovative way of showing client’s ‘around’ their new home at the STEPS Rehabilitation, ‘Getting Clients Home’ webinar at the end of August. During the webinar, Jonathan discussed the impact that a well-adapted home can have on easing the practicalities of daily living and how adaptations are fundamental to support continued rehabilitation. The video can be viewed here.

By using videos and images such as those featured in this article, clients and their families will be able to make an informed decision about how their future home will look and work for them, this technology enables clients to take control and supports them in living  as independent a life as possible following an injury or accident.

What is 3D architectural visualisation?

3D architectural visualisation allows architectural practices to create and provide a 3D, realistic representation of how a property will look once the build is complete. These give clients a unique opportunity to ‘see’ their property, both from an interior and exterior perspective.

3D design tools have been available for sometime, but the ease of using them and creating realistic “walk throughs” through videos or virtual reality has become more common within the architectural industry. A key aspect of “BIM” (Building Information Modelling) is the communication between the design team and third parties, to collectively complete construction sites and share important information as efficiently as possible.

France and Associates have taken elements of BIM to continue to improve levels of customer experience and client service, to create efficient ways of communication through drawings and modelling.


The benefits of 3D architectural visualisation.

Traditionally hand drawn sketches and CAD design have been used to showcase how properties will look once a build is complete. However, these are now becoming outdated, and as we move into a more remote way of working, more realistic 3D images and animations are being more frequently used.

On many projects, we work collaboratively, not only with clients and their families, but also with their solicitor, case manager and occupational therapist to design and build a home that meets a persons specific living requirements. By using 3D images and videos, we are able to effectively communicate how a property will look and function to a whole team of people, helping them ascertain the accessibility of the property and whether or not it will meet the needs of the individual.


This unique perspective allows people to see the quality of the design, space and even where furniture and specialist equipment will be before they move into the property and the adaptations are complete.

When designing accessible building, virtual reality will play an integral role. The accessibility of the property can be ascertained early on, with potential hazards or obstacles overcome early in the design stage.

By highlighting key elements and adaptations, anything that may need changing, removing or adding can be done during the design process. .90

Without the need for numerous revisions, design teams will be able to design, plan and build properties in a more time and cost-efficient way.

A further way that our new software can enable and improve the design process, is the use of ready made product libraries. France and Associates are evolving a library of specialist equipment thanks to the provision from Innova Care, of housing a library of specialist equipment products within their software. This will enable Occupational Therapists and Clients to “see” a range of different pieces of specialist equipment from baths, to basins, to WC’s and hoist options, within house model at a click of a button. Clients will be able to envisage how they can ensure their home can be practical and safe, whilst being cosy and homely.

Accessible Homes

We are dedicated to making homes as accessible as possible in every possible way for our clients. By introducing 3D images and animations, clients will be able to ‘virtually visit’ their home without having to physically visit the site. This offers a practical solution for those who are still receiving care in rehabilitation facilities or hospitals, or for clients with reduced mobility whereby visiting a building site would not be a safe or viable option.

As we start to emerge from lockdown, we remain sensitive to the shift in attitude that it has prompted. With people less willing to share public spaces and reduce the amount of contact they are having with people this technology provides a fantastic solution and should reduce building delays going forward.


As we start to introduce 3D visuals and animations into our services, we can see that these will become an integral part of projects going forward. 3D architectural visualisation can also be used for residential, retail or industrial schemes.

For more information, please contact us on admin@franceandassociates.co.uk | 01484 960560.

 

 

 

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