Oxford is known as the city of dreaming spires and protecting these is of key importance.
With 18 conservation areas and over 1,200 listed buildings, Oxford is famed for its historic buildings and skyline, so any interplay with the skyline must make a positive contribution: the city therefore has a series of strategically important view cones which are protected views from ten different aspects and are key to planning policy. VU.CITY Oxford allows for many of these long range views to be fully analysed, and the impact of a scheme on the skyline to be understood. Features, such as the AOD tool, allows for height sensitivities in the centre of the city to be considered easily.
Oxford’s notable past is set to be matched by an interesting future as it anticipates significant economic and population growth: the OxCams Arc is a significant area between Oxford, Milton Keynes and Cambridge and a government ambition for securing sustainable growth and prosperity for all.
Oxford’s situational constraints raise questions about the need for increased density in areas with potential for development. While daylight, sunlight and privacy will be among the many important considerations, VU.CITY Oxford makes examining such constraints, in both the present and the future, easy and straightforward to ensure that Oxford’s famed picture-postcard views remain here to stay.
Users of VU.CITY Oxford include Cityscape Digital, Oxford City Council, Oberlanders and Hawkins\Brown who are using the model’s many benefits, from being able to understand and assess a site’s opportunities and challenges, testing designs in context, enhancing pre-app conversations and planning submissions, to improving how everyone involved collaborates.
Easily test massing to understand design feasibility.
Assess multiple initial massing options at an early stage and GEA potential quickly.
Realise a site’s potential by viewing and assessing recently consented developments across Oxford.
Easily import your designs from external 3D software (such as Revit, Rhino, SketchUp & 3ds Max) into the Oxford 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.