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7th Edition

Metric Handbook
Planning and Design Data

Edited By

Pamela Buxton

ISBN 9780367511395
Published November 26, 2021 by Routledge
906 Pages 1107 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

  • Consistently updated since 2015 by expert authors in the field
  • Significantly revised in reference to changing building types and construction standards
  • New chapters added on data centres and logistics facilities
  • Sustainable design integrated into chapters throughout
  • Over 100,000 copies sold to successive generations of architects and designers
  • This book belongs in every design office.

The Metric Handbook is the major handbook of planning and design data for architects and architecture students. Covering basic design data for all the major building types, it is the ideal starting point for any project. For each building type, the book gives the basic design requirements and all the principal dimensional data, and succinct guidance on how to use the information and what regulations the designer needs to be aware of.

As well as buildings, the Metric Handbook deals with broader aspects of design such as materials, acoustics, and lighting, and general design data on human dimensions and space requirements. The Metric Handbook is the unique reference for solving everyday planning problems.

Table of Contents




1. Design information and dimensional coordination

Revised by Simon Douch.

Original text: Terry Nichols with David King

2. People and space

Revised by Professor Norman Wienand

3. People and movement

Revised by Professor Norman Wienand

4. Inclusive and accessible design

David Dropkin and Neil Smith

5. Capital and whole life costs of buildings

Chris Bicknell and David Holmes


6. Structure

Revised by Andrew Peters, Arthur Lyons

Original text: David Adler and Norman Seward

7. Materials

Arthur Lyons with AHR Architects

8. Thermal environment

Phil Jones

9. Light

Revised by Theo Paradise-Hirst

Original text: Joe Lynes

10. Sound

Russell Macdonald and Chris Steel

11. Fire

Beryl Menzies

12. Flood-resilient design

Robert Barker and Richard Coutts

13. Crime prevention design

Nick Hughes

Revised by Peter Wozniak


14. Agricultural buildings

John Weller, Rod Sheard, Frank Bradbeer and others

15. Auditoria

Revised by Mark Foley and Stefanie Fischer (cinemas).

Original text: Ian Appleton; Stefanie Fischer (cinemas)

16. Civic buildings

Revised by David Selby (town halls); Martin Sutcliffe and Neil Sansum (law courts)

17. Community centres

Jim Tanner

18. Data centres

Simon Brimble, Emilia Dobrzynska, Naiane Esteve, Chris Neighbour, Daniel Silva, Miguel Vazquez Cid of Arup

19. Emergency services

Including Fire stations by Michael Bowman

20. Hospitals

Christiane Anders, Claudia Bloom, Vicky Braouzou. Duncan Finch, Mary Reid, Mariangela Zanini of Avanti Architects. Christopher Shaw of Medical Architecture (mental health)

21. Hotels

Fred Lawson

22. Houses and flats

Revised by Kathy Watkins.

Original text: John Chapman and Kathy Watkins

23. Homes for older people

Justin Bannister and Judith Brown

24. Student housing and housing for young people

Revised by Michael Ritchie.

Original text: MJP Architects Ltd

25. Laboratories

Revised by Eugene Sayers

Original text: Neville Surti and Catherine Nikolaou

26. Libraries

Brian Edwards with Ayub Khan

27. Logistics facilities

Marcus Madden-Smith

28. Museums, art galleries and temporary exhibition spaces

Geoffrey Mathews

29. Offices

Frank Duffy with Jack Pringle, Angela Mullarkey and Richard Finnemore

30. Payment and counselling offices

Richard Napier

31. Places of worship

Revised by Ian Brewerton (Non-conformist and Free Churches), Atba Al-Samarraie (mosques); Gurmeet Sian (gurdwara), Maurice Walton (Church of England buildings)

Original text by David Adler, Ian Brewerton, Leslie Fairweather, Derek Kemp, Atba Al-Samarraie

32. Primary health care

Geoffrey Purves

33. Restaurants and foodservice facilities

Fred Lawson

34. Retail shops and stores

Lucy Dewick-Tew and Eddie Miles

35. Schools

Anthony Langan

36. Security and counter-terrorism

Mark Whyte and Chris Johnson

37. Sports facilities: indoor and outdoor

Philip Johnson and Tom Jones

38. Streets and spaces for people and vehicles

Revised by Ben Hamilton-Baillie (introduction, shared space and place-making), James Horne (vehicles, roads and road design) and Sustrans (cycling routes and parking)

39. Transport terminals and interchanges

Airports revised by Andrew Perez with additional contributions by Richard Chapman. Railways revised by Declan McCafferty

40. Tropical design

Patricia Tutt

41. Universities

Revised by Rupert Goddard and Tony Poole

Appendix A – SI system

Appendix B – Conversion factors and tables



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Pamela Buxton is a freelance architecture and design journalist. She has contributed to many architecture and design publications including RIBA Journal, Architects’ Journal and Building Design. She was the editor of 50 Architects 50 Buildings, published by Batsford in 2016.