VU.CITY Leeds helps architects, planners, developers and planning officers assess the real world impact of schemes at an early stage, saving time, costs and headaches for everyone.
A more inclusive and clearer design and planning process - through our immersive and accurate 3D model of Leeds - is helping create smoother and quicker outcomes.
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.
Easily test massing to understand design feasibility.
Realise a site’s potential by viewing and assessing recently consented developments across Leeds.
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 Leeds 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's project collaboration space, the Hub, allows you to seamlessly communicate with stakeholders, to make better design & planning decisions, faster.
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.