Architecture students at Plymouth University have become the first in the UK to have access to cutting edge design software which could transform the future of urban planning.
LightUp Analytics is a powerful modelling tool which allows users to assess the effects of sunlight and daylight when developing designs for new housing and renovations.
Created by specialists and practitioners across a range of industries, it aims to provide rapid and accurate information which can be fed into both the design and planning processes.
Plymouth University has a developing partnership with the creators of LightUp Analytics, and has now been granted 255 licences for the software – worth around £90,000 – to enable its students, staff and commercial partners to remain at the forefront of urban design practices.
Simon Bradbury, Lecturer in Architecture at Plymouth University, said:
“There has recently been a major overhaul of planning and building regulations in the UK, and part of this process is an emerging issue of how to take advantage of sunlight and daylight. Having access to such cutting edge software enables our students – as well as our academics and partners – to actively contribute to design, research and policy that is developing in the field. It is also the next phase of our exciting partnership with LightUp Analytics and by working together, we hope to inform innovative design but also, due to the accessibility of the software, enhance interest in an issue architects would previously have been unable to engage with in such a rigorous way.”