VU.CITY Southend-on-Sea is an accurate 3D digital model that is revolutionising the planning process.
It is an immersive virtual environment in which to test new ideas, with rich functionality and data, and lead to a clear understanding of what’s proposed for better decision-making and positive outcomes.
Southend-on-Sea is a traditional Victorian seaside resort that has undergone many transformations over the years. The Better Queensway scheme central to Southend-on-Sea’s future masterplan, and it is also set to become one of the UK’s first ‘Gigabit Cities’ outside of London.
Southend-on-Sea is undergoing extensive, government-backed regeneration to key civic areas, with a £2.5m programme for the town centre, including plans to remodel its public and green spaces.
The long-awaited demolition of Southend’s Queensway Estate will make way for a £500m housing regeneration scheme. The Better Queensway scheme will transform this area of central Southend into a vibrant new community with high quality housing and is hailed as one of Southend’s biggest ever developments.
Users of VU.CITY Southend-on-Sea 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.
Assess multiple initial massing options at an early stage and GEA potential quickly.
Realise a site’s potential by viewing and assessing recently consented developments across Southend-on-Sea.
Easily import your designs from external 3D software (such as Revit, Rhino, SketchUp & 3ds Max) into the Southend-on-Sea 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.