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Video: Elephant and Castle in 3D

Southwark Council has taken the unusual step of officially sanctioning a detailed 3D computer model for planners

As part of the south London borough’s Elephant and Castle regeneration programme, the authority has licensed a ‘virtual skyline’ developed by visualisation consultancy GMJ which lets architects ‘drop’ their own models into the digital world.

Accurate ‘to within centimetres’, the model is already going to be used by architects Make and planning consultants Tibbalds to examine ‘a range of scenarios for proposed buildings including the impact of height and density’ on the Elephant and Castle.

The model is part of a larger simulation covering 40km² of central London (shown below).

GMJ’s Didier Madoc-Jones said: ‘We know there are other models out there but none have the scale or consistency and haven’t been based on thorough ground surveys.

‘We have created something that will empower the planners and architects and allow people to see how a scheme will look [in its context] from the very early days.’

Jon Abbott, Elephant & Castle Project Director, added: ‘There are always a lot of concerns to be taken into consideration when working on a project of this size and GMJ’s model will allow us to look at the impact from every angle to ensure the optimum design and position is achieved for all stakeholders including local residents.'

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