Before using VU.CITY, Bennetts Associates had to spend time bringing together different sources of 2D and 3D information and taking measurements by eye. Learn how VU.CITY has transformed their work and given them a competitive edge.

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Bennetts Associates

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Competitive edge in attracting and impressing clients

Bennetts Associates Architects


Before using VU.CITY, Bennetts Associates would need to bring together several different sources of 2D and 3D information to get a decent picture of their proposals in context, purchase traditional geometry and have to take measurements by eye. Now their workflow is 3D digital right the way through and gives them a fantastic competitive advantage.


A 3D digital workflow

Bennetts Associates has won more than 150 awards for its work, which spans sectors including culture, workplace and education. An early adopter of VU.CITY, the practice is increasingly involved in larger scale masterplanning and placemaking schemes from its London, Edinburgh and Manchester studios. 


The architectural practice is recognised as an industry-leading pioneer of sustainability and is the only one in the world to have approved science-based targets. 


Staying one step ahead

Being able to start with analysis at city scale in 3D using VU.CITY and quickly see a number of different iterations of a design has been invaluable and time-saving. They used VU.CITY for a project in the London Borough of Camden, to analyse the site in the early stages and then progress to understand how the proposed massing might affect protected views.


VU.CITY enables Bennetts Associates to immediately understand not only the buildings that are present, but also the buildings that are going to be present: the consent, constraints, sunlight, daylight, the view angles …. and their presentations now always include an immersive 3D element to help clients understand their designs. They’re keen to acknowledge the important role VU.CITY has played in helping them attract new work.

Competitive edge in attracting and impressing clients

Bennetts Associates Architects


Before using VU.CITY, Bennetts Associates would need to bring together several different sources of 2D and 3D information to get a decent picture of their proposals in context, purchase traditional geometry and have to take measurements by eye. Now their workflow is 3D digital right the way through and gives them a fantastic competitive advantage.


A 3D digital workflow

Bennetts Associates has won more than 150 awards for its work, which spans sectors including culture, workplace and education. An early adopter of VU.CITY, the practice is increasingly involved in larger scale masterplanning and placemaking schemes from its London, Edinburgh and Manchester studios. 


The architectural practice is recognised as an industry-leading pioneer of sustainability and is the only one in the world to have approved science-based targets. 


Staying one step ahead

Being able to start with analysis at city scale in 3D using VU.CITY and quickly see a number of different iterations of a design has been invaluable and time-saving. They used VU.CITY for a project in the London Borough of Camden, to analyse the site in the early stages and then progress to understand how the proposed massing might affect protected views.


VU.CITY enables Bennetts Associates to immediately understand not only the buildings that are present, but also the buildings that are going to be present: the consent, constraints, sunlight, daylight, the view angles …. and their presentations now always include an immersive 3D element to help clients understand their designs. They’re keen to acknowledge the important role VU.CITY has played in helping them attract new work.

“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
“Architecture is essentially a 3D discipline, so VU.CITY is effectively showing what is already in an architect’s head in a way that hasn’t been possible before. The platform enables you to immediately understand the cityscape, the context, constraints, daylight, sunlight and the view angles, not just as it is today, but how it will be in the future. That’s incredibly valuable.”
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Simon Erridge
Director - Bennetts Associates

Create smart cities the smart way

VU.CITY helps you visualize, organise and analyse data clearly and easily so that everyone involved can make better and quicker decisions.

VU.CITY covers the whole of London and 25 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