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LREF 2018

VU.CITY will be at LREF 2018

The VU.CITY team is supporting the annual London Real Estate Forum from 13-14 June in Berkeley Square. We will be showcasing the largest, most accurate interactive model of London in both the Central London and Opportunity London halls, with a focus on how we are revolutionising the planning process for developers and project teams and helping local authorities to plan the future city skyline.

Leading the density debate at Planning Officers Society roundtable event

Leading the density debate at the Planning Officers Society roundtable event

VU.CITY hosted the London First  / Planning Officers Society roundtable breakfast on 2nd May. The new London Plan introduces a step change for housing delivery in London, crucially with stronger emphasis on the need to make more efficient use of land through increased densities.  As one of the key digital planning tools being championed by local authorities and developers alike, VU.CITY Directors, Jason Hawthorne and Gordon Ingram demonstrated how VU.CITY is already being used by to support development planning in practice. A roundtable debate followed, with everyone in agreement that technology such as VU.CITY can influence planning and design, making it more accessible & understandable for all.

VU.CITY at MIPIM 2018

VU.CITY at MIPIM 2018

In March the team attended MIPIM, the annual property expo in Cannes. We have attended the event for many years but this year was even more significant for the VU.CITY team, which saw us supporting clients across the London Pavilion and beyond using a range of digital communications tools. Highlights included: Our VU.CITY stand – where we demonstrated the the largest and most accurate interactive digital city model in the world. VU.CITY was also on the Belfast stand, where our 52 sq km model of the city is already being used by Belfast City Council and developers. Stand design and digital content provision for London Chamber of Commerce and Industry by our co-founders, Wagstaffs NLA discussion forum backdrop – images supplied by VU.CITY and Jason Hawkes Photography Animated film for ABP London, following the short journey from central London down the Thames to Royal Albert Dock, showing that travel times to Central London will be just a matter of minutes. VU.CITY for Kingston Futures, highlighting the opportunity areas in the south west London Borough. Bespoke VU.CITY app for London Borough of Barking & Dagenham to showcase their significant development plans for the borough VU.CITY iPad app for Greater London Authority to demonstrate the major opportunity areas: Royal Docks, Old Oak Common and the Queen Elizabeth Park at Stratford It was a great MIPIM for us and for everyone we spoke to both during and after. The focus was on business and for London, on the fact that the capital is open for business – more so now than it has ever been. #Londonisopen

Model Fundraisers

Are you one of our “Model Fundraisers”?

We have already received many 3D models of consented schemes to include in the VU.CITY model ready to showcase at MIPIM. Just by sending us the models, the teams behind some of the city’s most prestigious schemes are helping to raise money for LandAid, helping to improve the lives of children and young people across the UK. For your chance to appear in London’s largest and most accurate digital model, upload your model now. Submit your consented development models by 28 February to guarantee your schemes are showcased at MIPIM 2018. 2-3 Finsbury Avenue, British Land and GIC & Arup Associates 30-31 Lombard Street – Mackay Securities & TP Bennett 80 Fenchurch Street – Exemplar & TP Bennett Blossom Street – British Land & AHMM

Largest digital model of London

Be part of the largest digital model of London and help end youth homelessness with LandAid and VU.CITY

Use VU.CITY to showcase your schemes and help end youth homelessness today! VU.CITY is the largest and most accurate 3D digital model of London. Our 350 sq km model is constantly updated with new consents, offering the most up to date interactive model of the city. Our Model Curation team has teamed up with LandAid, the Property Sector leading charity tackling youth homelessness. For every consented scheme submitted, VU.CITY is making a donation to the LandAid – this makes us the first-ever transactional donor to the charity. The charity helps to provide safe, suitable and affordable accommodation to bring young people out of the cycle of homelessness and gives them a positive future. Our donations will be going directly to the LandAid House appeal, which is an appeal to raise at least £1.5million to help create a pionneering building near Old Street to provide 146 bedrooms for young people at risk of becoming homeless. LandAid House has been designed by leading architectural practice, Levitt Bernstein. Architects and developers are using VU.CITY as a platform to showcase their consented schemes at international events including MIPIM, London Real Estate Forum, World Architecture Festival and MIPIM UK. Join our community of Architects and Developers showcasing their schemes in the largest and most accurate 3D digital model of London. This is a free of charge service and VU.CITY will make a donation to LandAid on your behalf for every model submitted. Submit your consented development models by 28 February to guarantee your schemes are showcased at MIPIM 2018. Paul Moorish, Chief Executive of LandAid explains, “We’re proud to be working with the team at VU.CITY on this exciting initiative supporting our campaign to tackle youth homelessness. With around 80,000 young people facing homelessness each year, we need all the help we can. We see more and more people sleeping rough, but they are the smallest tip of a vast iceberg. The property industry has a vital part to play in helping us. This initiative is typical of the ingenuity and determination of those companies who are driven as much by their social impact as by their profitability. Jamie, Amy and the team at VU.CITY are to be commended – we need more companies to follow their pioneering lead. Together, we can end youth homelessness”

Demo live at World Architecture Festival 2017

VU.CITY demo live on stage at World Architecture Festival 2017

This month VU.CITY will be taking to the main stage at this year’s World Architecture Forum in Berlin. VU.CITY Directors, Jason Hawthorne and Gordon Ingram will be giving Paul Finch and around 800 delegates a live demo of the VU.CITY London model on the main stage on Wednesday 15 November. In a session titled ‘Digital Performance – London Newly Modelled’, they will show how VU.CITY London is being used by architects, developers, surveyors and local authorities to address fundamental questions around development and infrastructure. VU.CITY is transforming the design and masterplanning process for architects. The ability to import a development model at the click of a button into the most accurate 3D smart city platform will help architects and their clients assess scale, massing, footprint and heights in minutes – and so navigate the planning process more efficiently. VU.CITY is also exhibiting at WAF 2017. Come and visit the team on stand B130.

VU.CITY goes global at MIPIM Proptech NYC

VU.CITY goes global at MIPIM Proptech NYC

VU.CITY reached a global audience this week at MIPIM Proptech‘s annual event in New York. VU.CITY Directors, Jason Hawthorne and Gordon Ingram, demonstrated our models of both London and New York at the event. In a series of live demos they showed how VU.CITY London is being used by local authorities, architects, developers and surveyors to address fundamental questions around development and infrastructure: if we build here, what will it look like, who will it affect, and how will it affect them? By also showing our 3D model of New York, we have started the conversations around how this platform for intelligent decision making and Smart City planning can be used internationally.

See VU.CITY at London Infrastructure Summit 2017

See VU.CITY at London Infrastructure Summit 2017

Jason Hawthorne and Gordon Ingram will be speaking at the forthcoming London Infrastructure Summit, being held at QEII Centre on Thursday 14 September. In a live demo, we will show how VU.CITY is being used by London Boroughs, architects, developers and chartered surveyors to address fundamental questions around development and infrastructure: if we build here, what will it look like, who will it affect, and how will it affect them? Providing the platform for intelligent decision making for UK cities, VU.CITY is changing the way we address the evolution of the built environment. VU.CITY will also be exhibiting at the event. To register to attend, please visit www.londoninfrastructuresummit.com

VU.CITY shows the future at BCO 2017

VU.CITY shows the future at BCO 2017

Jason Hawthorne showcased VU.CITY at last week’s BCO event, getting a phenomenal reception from the audience, as testified by the excitement on twitter that followed. Jason was speaking as part of the session focused on ‘Plotting the Future’, showing how the VU.CITY platform can be used to digitally represent London in 3D and integrate data.  From the planning of new buildings and transport infrastructure, air pollution, socio-economic data and live data feeds – providing a platform for intelligent decision making for the future of our cities.

VU.CITY at MIPIM 2017: our experience

VU.CITY at MIPIM 2017: our experience

The heightened levels of Vitamin D gave everyone a boost and more of a spring in their step (on Tuesday at least!). With some of us starting the week off with yoga on the beach, courtesy of Nathalie Duncan-Sletten and @PropertyYoga, we were match-fit for all the networking that the Palais and the Croisette could throw at us. Much of our week was spent in the beachside Pavilions, particularly London @LondonatMIPIM and Manchester @mcrMIPIM, where VU.CITY, our highly detailed city models were used by clients to showcase their portfolios and development opportunities. For us, MIPIM 2017 provided a platform to showcase VU.CITY in practice, and how the professional tools we have developed are being used by developers, local authorities, agents and architects alike, to help everyone involved navigate an efficient and effective route through the development planning process. In the London Pavilion the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham, led by their Leader (and VU.CITY champion), Darren Rodwell, showcased the development opportunities across the borough, – with seven key growth hubs: Barking Town Centre, Beam Park/Former Ford Stamping plant, Barking Riverside, London-east-UK, London Sustainable Industries Park, Castlegreen and Chadwell Heath. Here the MIPIM message was one of positivity for the proactive east London Borough, with more than 35,000 new homes and 10,000 new jobs in the pipeline. Also as part of the Local London stand, the London Borough of Newham used VU.CITY to demonstrate their well connected, strategically positioned development sites in the context of the wider London skyline. The Royal Borough of Kingston-upon-Thames, an early adopter of VU.CITY, used their interactive model to digitally showcase their ambitious growth programme for the Borough, focusing on their 4 key development areas, Kingston, Surbiton, New Malden and Tolworth. And in the Manchester Pavilion – a fantastic space with some inspirational presentations and debates – we were able to showcase our growing VU.CITY Manchester model on an interactive touchscreen. From testing massing and building envelope studies to long-range views in the wider city context, GIS data overlays and assessing the Zone of Theoretical Visibility in just a matter of minutes, VU.CITY’s suite of tools was a great conversation starter both within the exhibition by day, and equally, in the restaurants and bars we frequented of an evening….and in some cases, early mornings! What a week it was – reconnecting with existing clients and new relationships forged. Now to continue those conversations back on home soil…..

Meet us at MIPIM

Meet us at MIPIM 2017

We will be showcasing VU.CITY in both the London and Manchester Pavilions at MIPIM 2017. Get in touch with one of the team if you would like to arrange a meeting.

VU.CITY helps developments through planning process

VU.CITY helps developments through planning process

The half-day proptech briefing delivered by Place North West and Virgin Media Business looked at the importance of connectivity, the changing tech landscape and how property companies could future-proof their buildings and make the most of an era of rapid tech innovation. Highlights from Jason’s talk included: VU.CITY 3D digital model, made in partnership with right-to-light specialist GIA, can help developments navigate the planning process as it puts a building in its relevant context Using flyovers of cities such as London, or more recently Manchester, the model is built through photogrammetry to ensure it’s accurate to within 5cm Buildings can be added into the model as they’re proposed and viewers can move through a timeline to see the cumulative impact of development VU.CITY includes elements such as sunlight, protected views, noise impact, and how windows interrelate “It’s the physical world made digital”, Hawthorne said READ MORE AND VIEW PHOTOS

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