Chris Hale

Associate

Chris manages the delivery of our Visualisations service. He has been working in professional landscape and environmental practices since 1989.

01225 876990
07885 879594
chris.hale@npaconsult.co.uk
linkedin.com

Chris has led the development of NPAVisuals and manages the team responsible for producing high quality images, animations and 3D modelling for presentation and assessment purposes. He has extensive site experience, including photography for LVIA work, construction and marketing.

Project Experience

Chris has extensive experience in digital photography and traditional 35mm, medium format and panoramic cameras, both SLR and automatic. He is skilled in digital darkroom and traditional black and white techniques; using Photoshop, Bridge & Lightroom as the preferred photo-manipulation software.

He is experienced in working on complex development sites, sculptures and architectural elements such as buildings, bridges and road schemes. Using detailed site surveys, architectural, hand drawn sketch proposals and Ordnance Survey information, he can construct an accurate model of a design using AutoCAD and 3D studio MAX. Digital Terrain models are developed for landscape ground modelling and Photoshop to produce the final image.

Project examples include:

Accurate Visual Representations for Tall buildings projects and cumulative assessments in major cities such as London, Reading, Bristol and Birmingham:

Working closely with Landscape / Heritage consultants in conjunction with the planning consultants to approve viewpoints and agree the guidelines acceptable for the applications. With extensive experience working in urban settings, the baseline photography needs to be carefully considered. Chris’ team works alongside the architects to ensure that the proposals are always correctly represented in the final images, considering materials and lighting effects.

Preparation of Verified Views to accompany Landscape and Visual Impact assessments for large housing and industrial masterplans across the UK:

Working with Landscape Architects to identify specific representative viewpoints, based upon ZTVs, that can be accurately surveyed and photographed. Many of the developments require the preparation of specialist panoramic imagery to convey the broader views.

McCarthy & Stone Visually Verified Views and CGIs for Planning and Appeals:

Chris has been working with McCarthy & Stone since 2010, completing over 100 projects. Our visually verified imagery has been used successfully on many of the more challenging schemes. Our experience and comprehensive methodology can be implemented at any stage in the design process, from massing and visual assessment through to marketing CGIs. Whilst Chris manages the projects, he also undertakes many of the site photography visits.

Landscape restoration visualisations for public and stakeholder presentations:

Chris has been involved in the preparation of visuals for many landscape restoration projects including Historic Gardens, lakes, woodlands and wetland rewilding. These are of interest when there is concern over potential tree or habitat loss and views in the future. These images have been able to demonstrate on many occasions that the matured or restored design would be acceptable.

Windfarm Verified Views:

Chris has been involved in reviewing and producing Visually Verified Montages for windfarm developments based upon the Scottish Natural Heritage guidelines published in December 2014.

Visual Assessments using Digital Terrain modelling:

A Digital terrain model is created using detailed site surveys and NEXT map Britain DTM and DSM. It is then remodelled to reflect the landscape proposals and the engineer’s design. These have been used to produce cross sections, Zone of Influence graphics and virtual reality flythrough to demonstrate the visibility of the proposals. The same 3D model has then often been used to generate accurate photomontages and visuals.

Career History

  • Before joining the company in 1994, Chris worked for a range of landscape and environmental consultants, either in a full-time capacity or freelance, including Brian Clouston and Partners, RPS, Novell Tullett and The Cooper Partnership.

Contact me

01225 876990
07885 879594
chris.hale@npaconsult.co.uk
linkedin.com

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