VU.CITY Rochdale is a stunning 3D landscape that’s accurate to within 15cm.

Users of our Rochdale model are making better, faster decisions by exploring potential massing and designs in context to opportunities and constraints. Now all stakeholders can collaborate with VU.CITY Rochdale on solutions for smarter decisions and project success.

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VU.CITY has established relationships with many local authorities in the ever growing Greater Manchester region, including Rochdale Borough Council. Rochdale Borough Council has been using VU.CITY array of 3D visualization tools and data to ensure swift decision making in a planning process with increased transparency. 

Rochdale has ambitious plans to develop 8,000 new homes and 4 million sq ft of new employment floorspace over the next five years. These proposals form part of Rochdale Borough Council’s growth plans which will reshape Rochdale as a place to live, work, connect and visit, and 3D visualization will be a key component to helping them deliver positive change.

There are so many advantages to using VU.CITY’s 3D digital twin technology, from being able to instantly understand and assess a site’s challenges and potential, to simplifying the planning application, to improving how everyone involved can collaborate in a single platform.

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VU.CITY Rochdale: Highlights

Create, edit and assess massing

Easily test massing to understand design feasibility.

VU.CITY Rochdale functionality: Massing Tool
Test Massing

Assess multiple initial massing options at an early stage and GEA potential quickly.

VU.CITY Rochdale functionality: Sunlight Analysis
Sunlight Analysis

Quickly view and assess the initial impact of light from your proposed developments.

VU.CITY Rochdale functionality: Consented Schemes Timeline
Consented Schemes Timeline

Realise a site’s potential by viewing and assessing recently consented developments across Rochdale.

VU.CITY Rochdale functionality: Camera Studies and Presenter Tool
Camera Studies and Presenter Tool

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.

VU.CITY Rochdale functionality: Import Designs
Import Designs

Easily import your designs from external 3D software (such as Revit, Rhino, SketchUp & 3ds Max) into the Manchester or Rochdale and test how they will work in situ.

VU.CITY Rochdale functionality: Zone of Theoretical Visibility
Zone of Theoretical Visibility

Save time by eliminating unnecessary views for analysis. Understand where your scheme can be seen from and which views are critical to assess.

VU.CITY Rochdale functionality: Annotate with Tags
Annotate with Tags

Mark up comments and actions and easily collaborate on a site or scheme with project team members.

Scope, Design & Collaborate

VU.CITY's project collaboration space, the Hub, allows you to seamlessly communicate with stakeholders, to make better design & planning decisions, faster.

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Annual Average Household Income 2021

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Population Density 2021

Rochdale Coverage

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How can using VU.CITY benefit my application?

Create smart cities the smart way

VU.CITY helps organise, visualise, and analyse city data in the clearest and most accessible way to make better 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.

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

In your words

“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
"The digitisation of planning as outlined in the Whitepaper presents an exciting step in speeding up the planning process and improving engagement with communities. We are already working with VU.CITY and some of our local authority partners to be a leader in digital consultation in line with the ambitions outlined in the new government Whitepaper."
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David Bloy
Planning Director - British Land
"VU.CITY gives us the full visual story in a matter of seconds."
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Paul Finch
Editor - Architects Journal

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