How it works

Submitting a scheme for analysis

The fastest route to the end result

Many local authorities have already discovered the numerous advantages of using VU.CITY as part of their application process.

It allows you to import 3D massing models to assess proposed schemes in the context of the built environment, simply by using the interactive tools and view cameras. It also lets developers have informed conversations with planners about a site’s potential massing, scale and height. 

VU.CITY helps drastically reduce costs in design iterations and creating wireframe verified views because you can scope out exactly what’s needed at an early stage. 

It’s a win-win for everyone.

Optimising your models for import

Optimise models yourself by following these instructions, and using our software add-ins for Revit and Blender.

Our support team can analyse a model for you and help with any changes - simply raise a support case.

Once you’re happy with your model, you can share it securely and directly with your planning officer via VU.CITY Drive.

Instructions to optimise models

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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
"Salford has a busy planning team, which manages a high number of large-scale developments. It is essential that the best form of development is secured on the right sites in the city, and to help with that we have been using VU.CITY. Being able to work with digital models within the VU.CITY platform has enabled the team to assess their impact more quickly from viewpoints of our choice."
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Martin Hodgson
Associate Director Planning and Building Control - Salford City Council
“The NLA has been calling for a 3D digital model of London ever since we revealed the scale of tall buildings planned for the city. VU.CITY’s virtual London would do the things we asked for to assist the Mayor, local planners, professionals and communities to better understand the impact of new development and to generate a more positive and collaborative attitude to growth.”
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Peter Murray
Chairman - New London Architecture
“It’s great to be able to view context and emerging adjacent planning proposals and has excellent compatibility with our software, it’s literally plug and play. The detail of the model is quite amazing and the ability to accurately measure relationships of other buildings, topography, and datums is a key feature. The variety of views that can be created within the platform allows for multiple testing of design options, it's a great design tool and can save valuable time, I particularly like the ZTV feature.”
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Richard MacDonald
Director - Keppie Design
"At last, Farrells and London have their interactive digital model which we have all been waiting for - and it was well worth the wait! Masterplanning will rise to another level!"
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Sir Terry Farrell
Founder - Farrells
“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