CityCAD in Neighbourhood Planning

Our CityCAD software was used to support the Grovehill Future community group in Hemel Hempstead by testing development options for a local centre at a collaborative design workshop.

CityCAD was used to build an information-rich model of Henry Wells Square, a busy and well-used neighbourhood centre. This contained a conceptual 3D model of the area, but also data on dwellings sizes, population rates, values and construction costs. The model was projected on a wall, and different options were tested on screen, with analysis of quantities immediately available.

The software helped the group to visualize proposals in 3D, and informed discussion on a range of topics relevant to the group’s neighbourhood plan:

  • Is the overall quantity of development right?
  • If there is going to be redevelopment, how should it be phased and what part should be built first?
  • Where should a new community centre go?
  • Should buildings be restricted to 3 storeys as previously agreed? What difference would it make to viability if the buildings were permitted to be 4 storeys?
  • What will the new public square look like?
  • How many parking spaces will be needed, and can they be shared between flats and shops at different times of day?
East of England
3D Visualisations
Public Consultation
Residential Schemes
Retail and Town Centres