Beautiful and historic, prosperous and innovative, Cambridge has a unique character with many iconic college buildings. Its green spaces within urban areas are especially key to what makes Cambridge unique, yet its conservation constraints mean that land supply is limited. Trees form an important element of Cambridge’s characterful core & surrounding suburbs, with elevated views from the rural hinterland and Castle Mount revealing the classical view of Cambridge’s historic buildings.
VU.CITY Cambridge enables an understanding of longer range views, with the ability to walk around the model in a 360 degree experience to envisage the impact of any project on the city’s green spaces and built environment.
The digital platform provides a deep understanding of the historic environment and how a design or proposal might affect it, made all the easier by being able to highlight and bring to the front of mind buildings of key significance, such as the colleges, and fully consider the impact of proposals.
Data layers shared by the Greater Cambridge Shared Planning Authority allow for designs to take into account key aspects of current policy, and ensure that areas of opportunity when designing a scheme are easily identified.
VU.CITY Cambridge users include Greater Cambridge Shared Planning, Turley, Formation Architects, Allies & Morrison and Hawkins\Brown, who have already discovered the model’s many benefits, from being able to instantly understand and assess a site’s challenges and potential, test and experience design in situ, to improving how everyone involved collaborates.