Leeds

Leeds

VU.CITY Leeds helps architects, planners, developers and planning officers assess the real world impact of schemes at an early stage, saving time, costs and headaches for everyone.

A more inclusive and clearer design and planning process - through our immersive and accurate 3D model of Leeds - is helping create smoother and quicker outcomes.

12sq km
MODELLED TO 15CM ACCURACY
29,697
TREES, ACCURATE TO HEIGHT & CANOPY
8,307
Buildings

With Leeds city centre set to double in size, regeneration projects will lead to thousands of jobs being created and homes built. Major infrastructure schemes such as HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail will enhance Leeds’ connectivity. The opportunities for architects, planners and developers are many – as are the pitfalls.

VU.CITY’s 3D digital platform reduces unnecessary risks: from allowing users to assess consented developments and avoid unnecessary mistakes to importing pre-designed models from external 3D software to resize and reposition in context to know exactly what will work and get approval.

A £20m plan to transform large parts of Leeds city centre has been approved by councillors, which includes turning parts of City Square into a woodland glade with trees and water features set amongst a large pedestrianised area. It is a brilliant achievement and one that all cities can aspire to by using a digital platform to explore placemaking possibilities: VU.CITY’s accurate and relevant city data layers examine key factors, such as conservation areas and designated freenspace, neighbourhood and development areas, to examine a scheme’s feasibility and highlight areas for improvement.

Our Plantech pioneer users of VU.CITY Leeds, including Leeds City Council, 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.

VU.CITY Leeds: Highlights

Create, edit and assess massing

Easily test massing to understand design feasibility.

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

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

Assess multiple initial massing options at an early stage and GEA potential quickly with VU.CITY Leeds.
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 Leeds 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 Leeds 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 Leeds.
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 Leeds.
Camera Studies

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

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

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

Data Layers

Air Valley Action Plan
Consented Schemes Timeline
Conservation Areas
Designated Greenspace
Designated Neighbourhood Areas
Development Management Team Areas
Employment Allocations
Housing Allocations
Land Registry Query
Listed Buildings
Plan Panel Areas
Tree Preservation Orders
Trees

Leeds 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 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
"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
"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 gives us the full visual story in a matter of seconds."
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Paul Finch
Editor - Architects Journal