London

London

VU.CITY London is being rapidly adopted to address fundamental questions around planning and development: what will a development look like, who will it affect, and how?

Our complete 3D digital model of London is helping everyone in design and the planning process organise, visualise and analyse the potential of a development in the clearest and most accessible way, to make the best decision possible for the capital.

1,622sq km
MODELLED TO 15CM ACCURACY
10,390,300
TREES, ACCURATE TO HEIGHT & CANOPY
3,300,000
Buildings

The Greater London Authority's (GLA) London Plan sets the city’s planning framework with policies relating to the massing, density and height of new developments. These apply across every borough and a 3D digital platform, such as VU.CITY, can demonstrate the much-needed context and impact of every new project in a visual and easily digestible way.

VU.CITY London is the largest, most accurate interactive model available of the capital, helping the built environment make better, faster and more cost-efficient planning and design decisions about the city’s future. VU.CITY London covers the entire 1,619 sq km to 15cm of accuracy, with a combination of functionality and data.

Over 80% of London boroughs already use VU.CITY: improving pre-app through open, transparent conversations about density and height; giving planning submissions and committees better insight on how a scheme will work in context; and allaying anxieties by helping citizens understand a scheme’s impact and merits in public consultations.

Architects such as Foster + Partners, BDP, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, Bennetts Associates and Farrells have also seen the many benefits of using VU.CITY on projects. VU.CITY London has helped them improve communications with clients, win contracts, and create an inclusive narrative with all stakeholders – local authorities, project teams, politicians and communities – on how schemes will work and succeed.

VU.CITY London: Highlights

Create, edit and assess massing

Easily test massing to understand design feasibility.

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

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

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

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

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

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

London View Management Framework Tis visualized in VU.CITY London so you design schemes in these areas with clarity on height restrictions.
London View Management Framework

There are some important views across London, from parks and other public spaces that take in important buildings. These important views are visualized in VU.CITY London so you design schemes in these areas with clarity on height restrictions.

Data Layers

Building Age Dates from Colouring London
Air Pollution Data from 2013
Air Pollution Data from 2016
Air Quality Focus Areas
London Bedrock
London Boroughs Boundaries
London Brownfield Sites
Conservation Areas
London Flood Risk Areas
London Green Belt
London Housing Zones 2016
London LVMF Extensions
London Land Registry Query
Listed Buildings
London Ofcom Internet speed
London Opportunity Areas
PTAL - Public Transport Accessibility Levels
London Planning/London Development Database (LDD) points
St Paul's Height Grid
TfL network
TfL Cameras
TfL Emission Zones
Wimbledon Masterplan
Savills House Prices 2017

London 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
“Councils can see, planning officers can see very quickly when they see a development of VU.CITY that it makes sense to them. They really feel like we're not hiding anything from them. Historically, you'd give them five or six views and they'd go, "Oh, you cherry-picked the best ones." And now we can take them through that process and that's helped massively.”
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Laurie Handcock
Director - Iceni Projects
“We're bringing in architects and our clients and different consultants into one room and we're viewing the proposals, the massing of the buildings from day one, and we're building basically the drawings and the architecture and the massing through VU.CITY”
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Charlotte Orrell
Senior Planner - Iceni Projects
"Historic England supports the use of digital planning tools such as VU.CITY in assessing changes to the historic environment. We regularly use VU.CITY to assist our negotiations with developers, and to support our planning advice, particularly regarding tall building proposals in London."
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Alisdair Young
Inspector of Historic Buildings and Areas - Historic England
"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 is helping us analyse projects at an early stage and refine elements of our live projects faster and more accurately. Being able to quickly assess a site or stress test things like massing and planning context provides us with more clarity and objectivity that would previously have taken us a lot longer to achieve."
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Jack Hawkins
Development Manager - Londonewcastle