With Leeds city centre set to double in size, regeneration projects will lead to thousands of jobs being created and homes built. Major infrastructure schemes such as HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail will enhance Leeds’ connectivity. The opportunities for architects, planners and developers are many – as are the pitfalls.
VU.CITY’s 3D digital platform reduces unnecessary risks: from allowing users to assess consented developments and avoid unnecessary mistakes to importing pre-designed models from external 3D software to resize and reposition in context to know exactly what will work and get approval.
A £20m plan to transform large parts of Leeds city centre has been approved by councillors, which includes turning parts of City Square into a woodland glade with trees and water features set amongst a large pedestrianised area. It is a brilliant achievement and one that all cities can aspire to by using a digital platform to explore placemaking possibilities: VU.CITY’s accurate and relevant city data layers examine key factors, such as conservation areas and designated freenspace, neighbourhood and development areas, to examine a scheme’s feasibility and highlight areas for improvement.
Our Plantech pioneer users of VU.CITY Leeds, including Leeds City Council, are using the model’s many benefits, from being able to understand and assess a site’s opportunities and challenges, testing refined designs in context, enhancing pre-app conversations and planning submissions, to improving how everyone involved collaborates.