VU.CITY Cambridge's functionality and rich data layers help reduce design and planning uncertainty, highlight potential impact and speed up crucial decisions.
With VU.CITY 3D interactive digital model of Cambridge all stakeholders can collaborate on solutions for smarter decisions and project success.
Beautiful and historic, prosperous and innovative, Cambridge has a unique character with many iconic college buildings. Its green spaces within urban areas are especially key to what makes Cambridge unique, yet its conservation constraints mean that land supply is limited. Trees form an important element of Cambridge’s characterful core & surrounding suburbs, with elevated views from the rural hinterland and Castle Mount revealing the classical view of Cambridge’s historic buildings.
VU.CITY Cambridge enables an understanding of longer range views, with the ability to walk around the model in a 360 degree experience to envisage the impact of any project on the city’s green spaces and built environment.
The digital platform provides a deep understanding of the historic environment and how a design or proposal might affect it, made all the easier by being able to highlight and bring to the front of mind buildings of key significance, such as the colleges, and fully consider the impact of proposals.
Data layers shared by the Greater Cambridge Shared Planning Authority allow for designs to take into account key aspects of current policy, and ensure that areas of opportunity when designing a scheme are easily identified.
VU.CITY Cambridge users include Greater Cambridge Shared Planning, Turley, Formation Architects, Allies & Morrison and Hawkins\Brown, who have already discovered the model’s many benefits, from being able to instantly understand and assess a site’s challenges and potential, test and experience design in situ, to improving how everyone involved collaborates.
Easily test massing to understand design feasibility.
Realise a site’s potential by viewing and assessing recently consented developments across Cambridge.
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 Cambridge 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.