Case Study: CAD-to-BIM

Project: Marine View

Coastal communities around the UK have faced increasing challenges for decades, starting in the 1960s with the advent of cheap package holidays to Spain and other countries in the Mediterranean. Reduced visitor numbers over the years have seen many of these communities enter a state of terminal decline with little prospect of revitalisation without significant external investment. Worthing, in West Sussex, has been luckier than most, being situated in one of the more affluent areas of the country close to Brighton and other attractive amenities in the area.

However, small hotels and B&Bs, like other parts of the hospitality industry, came under huge pressure during the Covid pandemic, with many forced to close due to a huge drop-off in trade. Added to that, the rise in Airbnb has also meant that visitors now have even wider choice when it comes to guest accommodation.

Marine View is a small hotel located on the seafront at Worthing, adjacent to a number of similar properties which were also formerly small hotels but have been converted to flats and apartments for owner occupation and/or letting.

The owners of Marine View, faced with increasing competition and increased compliance and repair costs have decided that the best option for the property is conversion to four luxury apartments which can then be sold on the open market.

To assist in the planning application, Benchmarq was commissioned by a local developer to create a detailed 3D Revit BIM model of the proposed design based on sketches and initial CAD plans.

The planning application was ultimately successful and work will commence in due course

Our brief was to:
  • Investigate whether the proposed design for four luxury apartments was viable in terms of spatial constraints.
  • To extract floorplan, elevation and cross section drawings which could then be submitted to the local authority for approval.
  • To provide accompanying visualisations for the proposed design.
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