The technology over two thirds of London's Local Authorities are using

The responsibility on planners to communicate schemes effectively across audiences is essential for planning approval and public endorsement. There's an online platform that's really helping out...

While planning committees may grasp the technical language in planning reports, local communities affected most by the impacts of a scheme often don’t have the same level of understanding of building projects. Fundamentally shifting our thinking on how planners articulate what planning is, and what it does for society is vital.

VU.CITY is creating the world’s largest smart city platform and has built an entirely digital version of London accurate to within 15cm, to enable planners in the public and private sector to use data-driven insight to understand the impact of projects in their local context – and enable communities to understand the impacts to their immediate environment.

With all of London now complete and major city centres including Manchester, Birmingham and Oxford also developed, VU.CITY is ready to introduce the development industry to the next generation of collaborative working.

After years of refinement, VU.CITY is launching for mass adoption and, with over two-thirds of London’s local authorities and leading industry professionals over the past four years using it, the company believes its wider introduction – now with increased accessibility and a new monthly subscription model – will revolutionise the industry.

Big work, small resource

The demands on planning teams across both the public and private sector to meet record housing and infrastructure targets have never been greater, often coupled with limited time and resources, making delivery ever more difficult.

VU.CITY’s 3D visualisation of cities – including the ability to see consented major developments and intelligently analyse these in their context – helps bridge the gap between delivering the increased quantity of housing and infrastructure we need without compromising the quality of neighbourhoods.

It creates projections of scheme designs and places them in landscapes containing all existing and major consented buildings. This real-time approach enables clear and accurate communication of developments to a range of audiences, enabling more effective discussions in the pre-application process through to full planning

Virtual iteration

The platform lets parties place their scheme in as broad or narrow a context as needed, providing the ability to test views from anywhere. This intelligent way of working reduces the number and iterations of AVRs needed, quickly establishing only those viewpoints required for examination.

Massing can be increased or decreased in line with nearby buildings, essentially enabling live feedback on schemes, providing the potential to address pressure points before they are raised.

The platform also identifies issues with micro-climate studies early in the design lifecycle, for example daylight and sunlight, wind, traffic (with incorporation of Vissim data) and noise.

Ultimately, VU.CITY provides 3D and experiential clarity to public and private sector planners on the impact of future development, frees up resources and fast-tracks decision-making on schemes. Boroughs such as Southwark Council already champion the platform, feeding it into the borough's development vision for delivering 20,000 new homes at Old Kent Road.

If you are interested in moving towards a better, smarter way of building and register your interest here.

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