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
“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
"Development and architecture are embracing technology at a rapid rate but many ideas are impractical or premature and don’t work. The VU.CITY platform is already making an essential difference to design and planning decisions in London and clearly will go much further."
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Sir Stuart Lipton
Co-founder - Lipton Rogers
“Councils can see, planning officers can see very quickly when they see a development of VU.CITY that it makes sense to them. They really feel like we're not hiding anything from them. Historically, you'd give them five or six views and they'd go, "Oh, you cherry-picked the best ones." And now we can take them through that process and that's helped massively.”
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Laurie Handcock
Director - 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