Brighton

Brighton

VU.CITY's 3D model of Brighton creates a more inclusive and clearer design and planning process.

It enables all stakeholders to assess the possibilities for sites and designs at an early stage, resulting in a smoother and quicker outcome and saving time, costs and headaches.

37sq km
MODELLED TO 15CM ACCURACY
170,262
TREES, ACCURATE TO HEIGHT & CANOPY
45,107
Buildings

Brighton presents challenges for architects and developers due to its positioning: this tightly constrained, compact city is situated rather like a basin in between the South Downs National Park and the sea. There is limited scope for outward expansion and any development must be sensitive to Brighton’s many characterful landmark buildings, such as the Royal Pavillion and St Bartholemew's Church, together with its strategic views and vistas (particularly if approaching the city from the higher level of the South Downs). 

VU.CITY Brighton helps stakeholders consider such wider, complex planning policies clearly and quickly for effective decision-making and outcomes.

The city’s existing housing includes a high proportion of flats, maisonettes and apartments which comprise 50% of the total
housing stock. 

Brighton’s challenging environmental constraint requires sensitive design, particularly in the council’s identified tall building nodes and corridors. Using VU.CITY Brighton, the impact of proposals can be easily considered in context from various angles, taking strategically important views and vistas into account to protect the city’s character.

Users of VU.CITY Brighton include EPR Architects, Brighton & Hove City Council, Brooks Murray Associates, Leonard Design Architects and Hawkins\Brown who are using the model’s many benefits, from being able to understand and assess a site’s opportunities and challenges, testing designs in context, enhancing pre-app conversations and planning submissions, to improving how everyone
involved collaborates.

VU.CITY Brighton: Highlights

Create, edit and assess massing

Easily test massing to understand design feasibility.

Assess multiple initial massing options at an early stage and GEA potential quickly with VU.CITY Brighton.
Test Massing

Assess multiple initial massing options at an early stage and GEA potential quickly.

VU.CITY Consented Schemes Timeline. View all major consented schemes across Brighton.
Consented Schemes Timeline

Realise a site’s potential by viewing and assessing recently consented developments across Brighton.

Easily import your designs from external 3D software (such as Revit, Rhino, SketchUp & 3ds Max) into the Brighton model and test how they will work in situ.
Import Designs

Easily import your designs from external 3D software (such as Revit, Rhino, SketchUp & 3ds Max) into the Brighton model and test how they will work in situ.

Quickly view and assess the initial impact of light from your proposed developments in VU.CITY’s model of Brighton.
Sunlight Analysis

Quickly view and assess the initial impact of light from your proposed developments.

Conduct high-level townscape and visual impact assessments with an accurate 3D model of Brighton.
Camera Studies

Conduct high-level townscape and visual impact assessments. Agree on key views to analyse further.

Use an accurate 3D model of Brighton to assess where your scheme can be seen from with Zone of Theoretical Visibility.
Zone of Theoretical Visibility

Save time by eliminating unnecessary views for analysis. Understand where your scheme can be seen from and which views are critical to assess.

Work more collaboratively on designs with VU.CITY's 3D model of Brighton
Annotate with Tags

Mark up comments and actions and easily collaborate on a site or scheme with project team members.

Data Layers

Consented Schemes Timeline
Land Registry Query
Listed Buildings
Trees

Brighton Coverage

Can't see your area? Request coverage.  
VU.CITY is constantly expanding in coverage.

SUBMITTING A SCHEME FOR ANALYSIS

How can using VU.CITY benefit my application?

Create smart cities the smart way

VU.CITY helps organise, visualise, and analyse city data in the clearest and most accessible way to make better decisions.

VU.CITY covers the whole of London and 21 major UK and international cities.

Quickly identify and appraise sites.  VU.CITY's visualization, design functionality and planning data, allow you to optimise your designs.

Transform design and planning

Now everyone involved can have a clear, universal understanding of what’s proposed and why, in a single, secure place. VU.CITY makes decision-making democratic and fair.

Build trust and collaboration

Remove barriers and minimise risks early. Have confidence in your designs and plans. Increase buy-in for project success.

Improve
outcomes
Test out ideas in situ, from one building to a masterplan. Create your vision and submissions with confidence.
Collate site information in one place
Communicate complex spatial arrangements
Make documentation stand up and stand out
Speed up planning conversations
Strengthen relationships
Create winning submissions
Discover where there is potential for change, and help everyone easily understand what’s involved and why.
Collate site information in one place
Communicate complex spatial arrangements
Speed up the planning process
Speed up planning conversations
Strengthen relationships
Create winning submissions
Reduce guesswork and unwanted costs – make the right decisions for the right outcomes, faster.
Appraise site capacity and viability, faster
Save time and costs through collaboration
Reduce planning uncertainties; increase buy-in
Speed up the planning process with better informed decisions
Sell or lease earlier to realise profits sooner
Understand designs and plans with ease, and make decisions with clarity to benefit your city and your communities.
Make the best possible decisions, quicker
Collate site, scheme and planning information in one place
Standardise decision-making
Have informed and transparent conversations
Improve how you consult on policies and plans
Understand the cumulative effects of planning changes

In your words

“We’re bringing in architects and our clients and different consultants in one room and we’re viewing the drawing, the architecture and the massing through VU.CITY.”
Charlotte Orrell
Senior Planner at Iceni Projects
"VU.CITY gives us the full visual story in a matter of seconds."
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Paul Finch
Editor - Architects Journal
"The digitisation of planning as outlined in the Whitepaper presents an exciting step in speeding up the planning process and improving engagement with communities. We are already working with VU.CITY and some of our local authority partners to be a leader in digital consultation in line with the ambitions outlined in the new government Whitepaper."
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David Bloy
Planning Director - British Land