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13 February 2020
Manoj Singh

How Relevant Are Retail Design Drawings for Vehicle Showrooms

Those pristine, gleaming vehicles showcased in spacious, luxurious surroundings almost always draw a gasp of awe or at the very least a lengthy pause of longing. That didn’t just happen as a random consequence. Careful planning and study were put into practice to elicit those responses. The role of comprehensive retail design drawings in transforming showrooms into bespoke retail spaces cannot be underestimated. This is where 3D architectural visualisation services and BIM modelling services become invaluable. The right retail store layouts can almost immediately and directly impact sales and productivity.

Vehicle showrooms display their products in vast open spaces. Exact positions of each vehicle at the showroom layout are dimensionally represented by accurate retail design drawings. Exterior branding, structural features and signage should follow inside and entice, interest and fortify the product. Each client employs individual corporate branding, communication, style guidelines and standards. Retail design services to each client can include:

  • Space planning design
  • Interior design
  • Elevations – exterior and interior
  • Store refurbishment drawings
  • Updating existing designs
  • Detailing of store features, such as signage, mannequin locations and light fixtures
Vehicle Retail Design Elements

Retail space must allow for features that may change when new models arrive. Structural constraints affect overall design; columns, stairways, ceiling height, windows and emergency exists are all factors. In vehicle showrooms, all available space must be utilised. Floor plans guide circulation to the sales associate. Car showrooms can be quite grand, displaying double-height glazing, bright lights and expensive stone/ceramic floors, but clear routes are required to the service area/workshop. Even service bays in the body shop and the number of technicians must be considered. The use of detailed retail design drawings and 3D BIM modelling ensure that the required parameters for all these features are adhered to.

There is also a high standard for building services that must be maintained. Effective cooling in customer areas must counteract heat absorbed in highly glazed areas. Sustainable properties could lead to lower energy bills, lowering overheads. With effective MEP coordination, the features to alleviate loads, energy use and carbon emissions that could be planned are:

  • Extended eaves, brise-soleil and canopies, which reduce solar gain, especially on the main façade
  • Roof lights to provide basic lighting needs
  • Enhanced insulation for cladding and roofs
  • Motion-detecting lighting for bathrooms and other areas not always in use
  • Double-glazed glass insulated compact sectional access doors that allow maximum natural light, while being useful for vehicular movement. They conserve air conditioning and insulate the building.

With valuable display vehicles, security is important. Ideally, motor showrooms have access control, alarms and sophisticated internal and external CCTV, with movement tracking and links to remote monitoring centres, yet another feature to benefit from relevant MEP coordination.


In addition, an effective retail space must be viewed from the consumer’s perspective and thus needs the necessary elevations and walk-throughs provided by advanced architectural designs, specifically retail store CAD drawings and 3D models.

Retail Design Drawings for Motor Showrooms

Effective planning for motor showrooms calls for exceptional design models and drawings. Preferred drafting stages and services for retail spaces include:

  • Store Concept
  • Floor Design & Fixtures
  • Electrical and Lighting
  • Customized Colour and Material Matching

These can be customised with integrated 2D retail drafting for specific client requirements. They can also be turned into detailed 3D renderings, where the entire retail space plan can be visualised by the client. Textures of walls, colour schemes and other details can be viewed in realistic conditions with the use of 3D renderings.

So, what deliverables can retailers expect? Quality retail design services typically include:

Production Drawings Sets

Floor plans, internal elevations, external elevations, construction plans, setting-out drawings, composite plans, finishing plans, lighting and ceiling plans, comprehensive equipment schedules and material and component take-off data

Retail Design

Retail design, documentation, and project management, concept design and layouts

3D/4D Models

3D models and scan-to-BIM services, using point cloud data, with 4D scheduling.

Retail BIM Data

BIM services provide automated schedules to ensure, accuracy, speed of design output, rendering and visualisation tools.

Manufacturing/Assembly Drawings

Manufacturing and assembly drawings for bespoke retail furniture, fixtures and fittings

Floor Plans

Colour-coded floor plans and 3D plans

Computer-generated Images

Computer-generated images of external and internal views, showing images with artistic and watercolour effects

For the detailed demands of retail design in vehicle showrooms, firms with technically qualified staff, with experience, knowhow and talent for retail design drawings, 3D BIM modelling and 3D architectural visualization services, must ideally offer one-stop shops for creating initial 2D drawings from rough sketches and photos to delivering 3D models for space design and final production drawings.