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
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
Easily test massing to understand design feasibility.
Assess multiple initial massing options at an early stage and GEA potential quickly.
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.
Quickly view and assess the initial impact of light from your proposed developments.
Conduct high-level townscape and visual impact assessments. Agree on key views to analyse further.
Save time by eliminating unnecessary views for analysis. Understand where your scheme can be seen from and which views are critical to assess.
Mark up comments and actions and easily collaborate on a site or scheme with project team members.
VU.CITY helps organise, visualise, and analyse city data in the clearest and most accessible way to make better decisions.
Quickly identify and appraise sites. VU.CITY's visualization, design functionality and planning data, allow you to optimise your designs.
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.
Remove barriers and minimise risks early. Have confidence in your designs and plans. Increase buy-in for project success.