Computer used to aid planning

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COMPUTER gaming software has been used to help constructors develop a planning model used to gain planning consent for two historic access routes.

Environmental firm SLR Consulting, has used gaming software to develop an online Virtual Reality (VR) planning model to assist the Tyne & Wear Integrated Transport Authority in applying for Listed Building Consent for the Tyne Pedestrian and Cyclist tunnels in the borough.

The online interactive tool, which showcases a virtual model of the tunnels, offers a unique way to present design proposals to viewers by allowing them to comment and engage in the consultation process.

SLR’s senior architectural visualiser, Robert Myers, said: “More people are familiar with using this type of technology in their daily lives and we wanted to integrate it into the consultation process.

“Our system also allows people who are unable to attend consultation meetings the ability to see for real what will be delivered.”

The online virtual model shows stakeholders and the public how their plans for the future of the tunnels will appear using an immersive 3D experience, and takes the user along the Grade II listed tunnels and up the escalators, allowing viewers to switch between an existing and proposed view using button presses.

Tyne and Wear Integrated Transport Authority project manager Cliff Jessett said: “The virtual reality model is an integral tool within our on-going consultation programme, helping us to visualise our plans and communicate with a diverse range of audiences.

“It has also formed a fundamental part of our application for Listed Building Consent, providing an invaluable resource to assist the planning process.”

To take a tour of the tunnels visit