Basements provide the opportunity for the Architect to offer clients an alternative design solution for a project that planning constraint might otherwise not allow.
For example, including a basement beneath a new building will not increase its height, mass or bulk yet still provide additional usable space within the same footprint. As a consequence it will have no adverse impact on its surroundings and thus where land is designated Green Belt, Area of Natural Beauty, National Park or other sensitive areas basements are normally permitted by local planning authorities.
Partly exposed basement:
Basement with concrete and GRP-lightwell:
Basement with concrete lightwell:
Basement with balcony and terrace
Basements provide the opportunity for the Architect to offer clients an altern- ative design solution for a project that planning constraint.