VU.CITY Cardiff has been readily adopted by built environment specialists to address fundamental questions around planning and development: what will a development look like, who will it affect, and how?
VU.CITY's accurate 3D model of Cardiff is transforming design and planning, by helping de-risk projects through a more inclusive design and planning process, so that the best possible decisions can ultimately be made for the future of the Welsh capital.
Cardiff is one of the UK’s fastest growing cities with a leisure and tourism sector that generates significant economic and cultural benefits.
Cardiff is introducing a Replacement Local Development Plan 2021 - 2036 to benefit communities and the economy, and set out which areas need to be protected. Supporting a vibrant, mixed-use city centre and regenerating Cardiff Bay as a high density, mixed-use destination are key issues to address.
Cardiff has around 1,000 listed buildings therefore understanding development opportunities and constraints clearly at an early stage, through using VU.CITY’s data layers, can help inform local policy and avoid unwanted hurdles, costs and delays for all.
Cardiff’s population is growing fast, with a long waiting list for housing: the City Council recognises the need to work out the right number, type and location of homes to be built. As Cardiff continues to grow, new infrastructure will also be needed alongside the new homes and jobs. VU.CITY’s 3D platform makes it simple for developers and architects to check for approved schemes and evaluate the likelihood of getting planning approval in the future for proposals.
In its aim to create a greener city, the council is currently progressing a range of strategies including One Planet Cardiff, Clean Air Cardiff and a Transport White Paper. A digital platform can enable all stakeholders to work towards a common goal in finding the best possible solutions in making Cardiff the best city possible.
Users of VU.CITY Cardiff are using the model’s many benefits, from being able to understand and assess a site’s opportunities and challenges, testing refined designs in context, enhancing pre-app conversations and planning submissions, 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 Cardiff.
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 Cardiff model and test how they will work in situ.
Quickly view and assess the initial impact of light from your proposed developments.
Place your camera anywhere in VU.CITY and see the views, whether out of a window, on top of a building or at street level.
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.