1 February 2010
Specialist atmospheric consultants are analysing wind flow to ensure the safety and comfort of pedestrians.
The work is in response to the increased demand by local authorities for ‘Wind Microclimate Assessments’ in support of planning applications.
Over the last 12 months, local planning authorities have increasingly become aware of the potential impact of developments on existing wind flow and their associated effects on pedestrian wind comfort and safety. As a result, Wind Microclimate Assessment capabilities have been developed to feed into the initial design stage and also provide consideration of finalised Masterplans on existing conditions in the local environment.
The specialists, from the Atmospheric Sciences team at international consultancy WYG, use Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) modelling and visualisation software to simulate wind flow throughout a defined assessment area. The CFD analysis utilises Large Eddy Simulation to solve complex equations governing turbulent flow, allowing the user to predict, understand and convey complex wind flow patterns in the local environment.
David Crichton-Miller, Managing Director of WYG Environment Planning Transport said: “As specialist consultants, we are able to advise clients at the initial design stage as well as consultation of finalised Masterplans on existing conditions in the local environment. Our team has provided this as a stand alone service, as well as part of an Environmental Impact Assessment for projects that the wider team is working on.”
To date, WYG has carried out a number of assessments of wind conditions including for the recently granted planning permission New Victoria Place, Bradford, an assessment of Masterplan options for Deptford Terrace in Sunderland and an assessment of impacts associated with the proposed Talbot Gateway development in Blackpool.