VU.CITY Watford saves time and money for professionals involved in the design, planning and development of the built environment.

Our accurate and interactive 3D digital twin model of Watford is enriched with data and tools to help you collaborate and analyse the real world impact of proposals, allowing you to make better design, and planning decisions, faster.

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Watford has a long established urban centre, with a market charter dating back to the 12th century. Its urban form features a range of typologies, including terrace Victorian housing and planned housing estates from the 20th century, giving Watford a diverse urban character. 

Planning and designing new schemes in Watford is complex, with significant development taking place on previously built land, concentrating in selected areas of the borough, such as the town centre, Watford Junction, and the Health Campus. 

Understanding the varied context, maximising the excellent transport links, whilst remaining sensitive to the character of the area and environmental challenges is critical in creating well designed schemes to serve Watford for decades to come.

VU.CITY’s 3D digital twin technology helps built environment professionals visualise and instantly understand a site's potential in Watford. Our platform brings collaboration to the forefront of the planning process, enabling teams to overcome challenges quicker and make smarter decisions.

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VU.CITY Watford: Highlights

Create, edit and assess massing

Easily test massing to understand design feasibility.

Consented Schemes Timeline

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

Test Massing

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

Sunlight Analysis

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

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.

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.

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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Average Annual Household Income 2021

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Deprivation Index 2021

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Land Registry Query

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Listed Building Points

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Population Density 2021

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Scheduled Monuments

Watford Coverage

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VU.CITY is constantly expanding in coverage.


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
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VU.CITY is all yours to try out. Let your imagination run free in designing, planning and seeing an entire city develop right before your eyes. 

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See for yourself why leading architects, developers and planners across the UK and Ireland trust VU.CITY to help them understand projects in context and bring everyone, everywhere together.

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