How it works

VU.CITY

Whether your project is for a house or an entire city, make the right decisions with VU.CITY. Explore the functions and benefits of our 3D digital planning and design tool to see what you can achieve, where and when – better and faster. 

All our cities are highly accurate up to 15cm and fully interactive. Quickly understand the potential of a site with major consented schemes visualized.

impressive accuracy

Test feasibility and make better informed decisions early on with massing functionality. Import refined designs from external 3D modelling software (Revit, Rhino, SketchUp & 3ds Max) and securely share and collaborate on designs.

Test designs in context

VU.CITY enables project teams, stakeholders and planning decision-makers to communicate on schemes with ease! The project collaboration space enables everyone to better understand the outputs of 3D, streamline feedback and expedite decision making.

Great Collaboration for Streamlined Decisions

See the visual impact of your scheme in a matter of minutes

Zone of Theoretical Visibility (ZTV) is an advanced scoping tool in VU.CITY that shows the effects of a proposed development by letting you instantly see where it is visible at ground level.

Annotate and collaborate on Projects with VU.CITY 'Tags'

Tags are a VU.CITY feature that enable richer information collation, sharing and collaboration to create a shared vision with project teams, clients and local authorities.

Protected views visualized in VU.CITY London

There are some important views across London, from parks and other public spaces that take in important buildings, to urban landscapes that help culturally define the city. These important views are visualized in VU.CITY London so you design schemes in these areas with clarity on height restrictions.

Understand the impact of light and weather at an early stage - for any time, any day of the year - in seconds. See how a building might encroach on daylight, where to position windows and balconies, and more. Create corresponding imagery that enhances bids and applications.

Micro-climate Analysis

Whether it be on bids, design meetings, pre-app, planning committee and more, you can use the ‘Presenter Tool’ to take stakeholders on a journey of design to support understanding and have meaningful conversations to improve project outcomes.

Impressively present proposals live

Use planning data layers that are relevant to each city from public and private sector sources. See if your site is near any listed buildings or in a conservation area right away and examine other key factors, such as pollution and public accessibility, to understand the feasibility and impact of your scheme.

Data-led decisions

Measure and compare heights and distances with any existing, conceptual or approved developments with AOD height tools and point measurements in a 15cm accurate city model.

Measure with accuracy

Our latest 360° camera functionality enables you to present key views, share projects and create interactive images so you can communicate effectively through an immersive experience.

Greater Engagement with 360° Views

Discover opportunities and limitations with camera tools to study views from bird’s-eye to pedestrian level. Place cameras to look out of your design concept to see the views and work out the most desirable units. Use cutting edge tools, such as Zone of Theoretical Visibility (ZTV), to instantly see where your scheme can be viewed from.

Explore key views

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How can using VU.CITY benefit my application?

26 UK & International Cities

Over 3,000+ sq km accurate to 15cm  I  Tools to scope, create & collaborate on designs

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 Royal Borough of Kingston have been using VU.CITY to review major applications for a few years and it helps us to get a quick understanding of a proposal's height, scale and mass at an early stage which is invaluable in aiding discussions around context, appropriateness and agreeing key views required for visual impact assessment.”
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Chloe Clay
Urban Design Manager - Kingston Council
“We're bringing in architects and our clients and different consultants into one room and we're viewing the proposals, the massing of the buildings from day one, and we're building basically the drawings and the architecture and the massing through VU.CITY”
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Charlotte Orrell
Senior Planner - Iceni Projects
"VU.CITY allows us to quickly understand the feasibility of a site, in context and get rapid feedback from our project stakeholders. It helps us reduce time wasted waiting on feedback from key decision makers, by enabling real-time collaboration across a number of teams."
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Nick Hayden - Senior Design Manager, Mount Anvil
"VU.CITY provided a valuable resource on our work for Southwark Charities for an emerging scheme along Blackfriars Road in central London where, working with Fathom Architects, we were able to test different versions in context, have live discussions, and conclude the best approach."
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Rosa Gonzalez
Consultant, Landscape, Townscape & VIA - Turley
“Architecture is essentially a 3D discipline, so VU.CITY is effectively showing what is already in an architect’s head in a way that hasn’t been possible before. The platform enables you to immediately understand the cityscape, the context, constraints, daylight, sunlight and the view angles, not just as it is today, but how it will be in the future. That’s incredibly valuable.”
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Simon Erridge
Director - Bennetts Associates