Bristol

Bristol

VU.CITY Bristol saves time and money for anyone involved in design, planning and development.

Being able to show proposals clearly and in context in our accurate, immersive 3D model of Bristol helps derisk projects through a more inclusive design and planning process, to ultimately make better decisions on the future of development in Bristol.

129sq km
MODELLED TO 15CM ACCURACY
654,220
TREES, ACCURATE TO HEIGHT & CANOPY
175,924
Buildings

Bristol is one of the UK’s most environmentally-conscious cities. 

Bristol worked closely with the Climate Advisory Committee to create their One City Plan 2021. Their housing ambition is to continue to deliver new net zero carbon homes and start retrofitting existing housing stock to meet Bristol’s climate and ecological emergencies. 

The use of VU.CITY Bristol, for example in transforming Temple Meads, has meant greater insight and improved communication and transparency throughout Bristol’s planning process.

Architects working in Bristol, such as FCB Studios and Stride Treglown already know the many advantages of using VU.CITY Bristol, yet there is one major challenge that makes initial feasibility studies difficult… Bristol is built on seven hills. The solution? VU.CITY’s ZTV (Zone of Theoretical Visibility) tool which helps users understand where a development can be seen from different points on the ground around the city. 

Bristol City Council has embraced VU.CITY Bristol in helping to turn their visions into reality. The council has used our data layers to help visualise clean air zones, and ZTV to conduct in-depth feasibility studies for ambitious regeneration projects such as Western Harbour, Frome Gateway, Bedminster Green, Hengrove/South Bristol and Avonmouth-Severnside Enterprise Area. 

The Temple Quarter regeneration project, set to create 22,000 new jobs, has been designed with insight gained through using VU.CITY Bristol and is set to create a thriving transport hub as well as improved facilities for Bristol University.

VU.CITY Bristol: Highlights

Create, edit and assess massing

Easily test massing to understand design feasibility.

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

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

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

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

Easily import your designs from external 3D software (such as Revit, Rhino, SketchUp & 3ds Max) into the model of Bristol 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 Bristol 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 Bristol.
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 Bristol.
Camera Studies

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

Use an accurate 3D model of Bristol 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 Bristol
Annotate with Tags

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

Data Layers

Clean Air Zones
Consented Schemes Timeline
Conservation Areas
Listed Buildings
Tree Preservation Orders - Canopy areas
Trees

Bristol 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
"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
"VU.CITY allows us to convey ideas when physical engagement is not possible, assisting the decision-making process in a way in which all stakeholders can relate to the proposal and its impact in the surroundings."
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Rosa Gonzalez
Consultant, Landscape, Townscape & VIA - Turley
"VU.CITY gives us the full visual story in a matter of seconds."
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Paul Finch
Editor - Architects Journal
"VU.CITY provided a valuable resource on our work for Southwark Charities for an emerging scheme along Blackfriars Road in central London where, working with Fathom Architects, we were able to test different versions in context, have live discussions, and conclude the best approach."
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Rosa Gonzalez
Consultant, Landscape, Townscape & VIA - Turley
"I am delighted that we’ve secured a digital platform to help citizens visualize the ambitious plans we, and developers, have for Bristol. These exciting tools make for better quality engagement and a richer conversation about our vision for a more sustainable, inclusive city."
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Marvin Rees
Mayor of Bristol