Trafford Design Code


Plan and Layout

Scale and Form





Servicing and Plant

Commercial and non-residential buildings

Scale and Form


The scale and form of new buildings must respect that of the surrounding site context. Generally, the larger the building, the more attention needs to be paid to the form and massing to lessen its impact on the surroundings, and allow daylight and sunlight into amenity spaces and buildings that would otherwise be in shade. Most large scale industrial buildings tend to appear non-descript and therefore careful thought is needed in relation to the form, profile and external appearance to create interesting buildings and improve place making.

Features of commercial scale and form

  • Mass of buildings broken down;
  • Creation of attractive public realm;
  • Provision of legible entrances;
  • Screen roof top plant;
  • Active frontages


Scale and form


Daylight, sunlight and overshadowing

Commercial scale and form case studies

Oldham Town Hall

Oldham Town Hall by BDP for Oldham Council The development ensures certain architectural features and decorations are retained while allowing the building to have a

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One Angel Square

One Angel Square Manchester by 3D Reid for the Co-Operative Group Map Street View Map Street View One Angel Square is an award-winning £100 million

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Here East, London

Here East, London by Hawkins/Brown for Here East, Infinity SDC and Delancey Map Street View Map Street View This project involves the transformation of the

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Permeable paving options