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.
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.
Easily test massing to understand design feasibility.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.