7th Edition

Metric Handbook Planning and Design Data

Edited By Pamela Buxton Copyright 2022
    906 Pages 1107 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    906 Pages 1107 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    • 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.




    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




    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.