VU.CITY Belfast's functionality and rich data layers help reduce design and planning uncertainty, highlight potential impact and speed up crucial decisions.
With VU.CITY accurate, interactive and immersive 3D digital model of Belfast all stakeholders can collaborate on solutions for smarter decisions and project success.
With cranes dotted across the city and buildings going up at breakneck speed, Belfast is a city with an ever-changing landscape.
Belfast has become an incredibly attractive city to invest in and is ranked as one of the top cities to live, work and play in and VU.CITY is proud to be heavily involved in Belfast's innovative activities.
Frameworks such as Belfast City Council’s ‘Smart Belfast’: the catalyst for sweeping change as developers look to redevelop key areas such as Weavers Cross, Titanic Quarter, Belfast Harbour, Giants Park, Gasworks, Tribeca, with social housing high on the housing executive agenda.
VU.CITY Belfast is playing a crucial role in the regeneration of Northern Ireland’s capital, with rich data to help inform the best design and planning decisions – including Listed Building Information, Conservation Areas, and the Local Development Plan.
'Air Quality Management Areas' have been mapped as part of Belfast City Council’s ambition to become carbon net zero, which we have included in the platform along with other local environmental and socio-economic data.
Belfast City Council is a huge advocate of VU.CITY, as a key tool in shaping the city by supporting planning officers in understanding change with pre-app conversations and the planning approval process.
VU.CITY Belfast licence holders, such as RPP Architects, ARUP, John McAslan + Partners, Juno Planning, Todd Architects, Like Architects and MRL Architects have found the platform and its features beneficial to look at feasibility, review designs in urban context, to aid with masterplanning as well as having transparent discussions with stakeholders and planning bodies.
Belfast has determined that the key to the post-pandemic success will be innovation. The new partnership, Innovation City Belfast, brings together Belfast City Council, Belfast Harbour, Catalyst, Queen’s University and Ulster University, with Invest Northern Ireland as an advisory partner. They are committed to delivering an ambitious long-term plan that will establish Belfast as a globally significant destination for innovation and VU.CITY will be integral to this framework to visualize Belfast incredible change.
Easily test massing to understand design feasibility.
Realise a site’s potential by viewing and assessing recently consented developments across Belfast.
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 Belfast 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. Select key views and confidentially present your proposals to take stakeholder on the journey of design.
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.