At the cutting edge of new technologies, our AutoCAD and GIS team plays a key role in driving our business forward.

We’ve grown up with CAD (Computer Aided Design); we know that this ensures accuracy in quantifying and implementing master plans. We continue to respond to the changes in this technology so that our clients benefit from the role it can play in securing planning permissions. We also use Geographical Information Systems (GISs) so that clients can be confident that we have access to comprehensive information management throughout the planning process, from inception to outline, to reserved matters. And we have integrated CAD and GIS within complex projects.

The 21st century has brought 3D visualisation into our every day work and at DLA we use 3D tools to bring design projects to life. Presenting master plans in 3D can be a key factor in securing public and political buy-in to development proposals.

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Alconbury Weald

Alconbury Weald : Housing & Economic Growth Combined

  • Location : Alconbury
  • Client : Urban & Civic
  • Site Area : 575ha former airfield site in Huntingdonshire
Key Proposals:

In developing DLA’s proposals for the redevelopment of the largest brownfield site in the South of England, to accommodate some 8,000 jobs and 5,000 houses, CAD continues to be used extensively. Its role in quantifying the master plan has helped to inform and record development decisions, and has formed the basis for detailed design coding.


All application drawings for outline and reserved matters have been CAD based. Creation of 3D model and sections of the Employment Zone in Key Phase 1 for marketing material and Design code.

Portrait Dan G“CAD is central to our design process, ensuring consistency and accuracy at each planning stage, and delivering certainty to the design team. CAD operators are integral to the design team.”

Dan Gates, Principle CAD Technician

Rugby Radio Station

Rugby Radio Station : New Growth Direction

  • Location : Rugby
  • Client : Rugby Radio Station Limited Partnership (a joint venture between BT & Aviva Investors)
  • Site Area : Rugby Radio Station
Key Proposals:

Sustainable Urban Extension (SUE) for Rugby and the regeneration of a significant portion of the former Radio Station Site with proposals for up to 6,200 new homes. GIS has been used to translate the master plan vision into an electronic record of land use, density distribution, infrastructure and landscape.


A chronology of change and an evidential record of development. The data management capabilities of GIS were also used within the Rugby Radio Station project to manage data amongst the co-consultants, ensuring design, development, analysis and output remained consistent at every stage.

Portrait Mark Perc“The outline data fed through to the detail design and planning of the first phase of development and was used in the production of Delivery Plans, Reserved Matters drawings and the Design Guide drawings as well as forming the base for the Regulatory Plan – all from a single, managed data set.”

Mark Percival, GIS Manager