Bluepencil Designs has developed software systems to link our masterplans to any number of schedules in order to provide the developer with this data – at the very earliest opportunity in the design process.
We call it data-linked masterplanning.
Each dwelling on the masterplan contains a database of information such as the area of the dwelling, the number of bedrooms, bathrooms, parking spaces, build cost, projected sales value, even the number of bricks. In fact, we can put any data into the database.
If the design changes, for example we need to create a new tree-lined avenue, the schedules automatically update and we can issue a revised plan and schedule very quickly. The developer then has the information needed to re-run the financial portrait of the project and can make an informed decision about the proposed new avenue. Another common scenario is one where the housing market changes during the course of the design process and the mix of unit types needs to be altered. A change on the masterplan is instantly reflected in the schedules, giving the developer detailed information which is 100% accurate.
Actually this is in fact making use of Building Information Modelling (BIM).
With the information we have gathered through the course of over 5o masterplans, we hope to be able to assess all our project data and come up with a verifiable value for urban design. This is something that has been talked about for many years but has never been properly done – yet!.