City 3D Models for Planning2020-11-22T21:47:36+00:00

Custom 3D Models for Planning

Our service now covers 98.5% of United Kingdom!

We are the specialist supplier of 3D models for planning to the industry. Using aerial imagery to manually capture 3D models of cities and as-built environments anywhere in the United Kingdom. Use our Quoting Tool to send us a map mark-up of the site you require.

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Trusted by over 160 customers

Industry standard 3D Models for Planning

In little over 2 years, AccuCities have worked with with over 160 customers on over 1,100 small and medium-size 3D context models for sites all over the United Kingdom. We have also captured over 60 square kilometers of widely used High detail 3D London model. Our customers appreciate our personal approach and we appreciate our customers. Our complain rate below 0.3% or our 5 star Google rating. Request a quote today and see how we are different.

3D data in layers

Easy to work with

3D models are separated into layers such as Buildings, Roads, Greenspaces, Bridges, Embankment Walls and Trees layer.

Choice of File formats

Best 3D Models for Planning

Delivered in AutoCad Solid DWG, SketchUp SKP and Filmbox FBX formats. The 3D Model is easy to import into Revit, 3D Studio Max, Maya or Cinema 4D. 

3D printing ready

Flawless results at small scales

The 3D Model of London is made with high-end 3D printing in mind. Files are easy to print using most office and professional 3D Printers. 

Long 5 year Licence

Unlimited Users & Projects

Our licence allows unlimited number of users within the company to use of the 3D Model data on multiple projects.

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3D City Modelling Technology

Aerial mapping using Stereo Photogrammetry

Photogrammetry is the science of making measurements from photographs. It is a photography with a purpose – to accurately measure from it.

We use stereo photogrammetry using latest high-resolution aerial imagery to capture our 3D Models. The aerial imagery collection is done using fixed-wing aircraft. As the aerial mapping plane flies over a city area, it takes series of photographs which overlap by 60%. With each photograph its GPS position, height, tilt, pitch and roll are recorded. Using this data + camera calibration data (to eliminate lens distortion effects), the imagery is triangulated to its correct real-world coordinates.

In areas where two images overlap, we project one image into one eye, the second image into another eye and and this way we are able to see the Z value (depth). We then manually capture this point.

Latest Aerial Imagery

Working with all major suppliers

We are working with every major aerial imagery supplier to ensure your 3D site map will be captured from as recent imagery as possible.

Mapping 3D buildings

Every line manually mapped

All features are captured manually to the specification of either Level 2 or Level 3 models. Using aerial mapping technique, we determine the height of the feature for capture.

Terrain Heights Mapped

3D separated Terrain

The terrain is manually captured and is accurate to 20cm in all axis at curb level. It is separated into land use categories such as roads, man-made surfaces, greenspaces or water body. 

Future Skyline

Included where available

We constantly update our models with 3D models of consented developments. Available for Battersea, Nine Elms, Southbank, Blackfriers, City of London and Canary Wharf.

How to chose the right 3D Model

The way our customers use the 3D models is almost always unique and the 3D model they chose depends on many factors.

Level 2 models (Medium Detail)

Mostly used in architectural competitions, context for BIM models, backgrounds for architectural visualisation, CGI, info animations, initial planning proposals, wider area 3D printing, home 3D printing, games and mobile application requiring low-poly models.

Level 3 models (High Detail)

Mostly used in planning, environmental and building consultancy services, development proposals, wind studies, context for architectural and BIM models, real estate, marketing, high-end architectural visualisation, CGI, animations & High-End 3D printing.

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Minimum Order examples

Level 3 – Minimum order example

Minimal order for High Detail models for planning is 0.1 km2 (330 x 330 meters) and costs £500 + VAT. Average delivery time: 5 days.

This 0.1 kmCroydon context 3D Model for Planning was produced for Rights to Light and Daylight and Sunlight assessment. Level 3 3D model accurate to 15 cm was delivered to the customer in 5 working days.

Project Size: 0.1 km2 (Map Mark-Up)
Level of Detail: Level 3 (More info)
Source imagery: 2016 London Survey (Our Technology)
Delivery time: 5 working days (Delivered)
Cost of the Project: £500 + VAT

Level 2 – Minimum order example

Minimal order for Medium Detail models is 0.25 km2 (500 x 500 meters) and costs £750 + VAT. Average delivery time: 6 days.

0.25 km2 custom 3D Model of Bristol Waterfront. The 3D Model was 3D Printed and used as a context in Architectural renders used for planing. 3D model was delivered in record-breaking 4 working days.

Project Size: 0.25 km2 (Map Mark-Up)
Level of Detail: Level 2 (More info)
Delivery format: DWG, SKP (Our Technology)
Delivery time: 4 working days (Delivered)
Cost of the Project: £750 + VAT
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Frequently Asked Questions:

How can I use your 3D models?2018-07-22T21:56:00+00:00

3D models are distributed under company-wide, multiple-use licence which covers the use of the 3D model for 5 years. We grant to the User a worldwide, non-exclusive licence to use the 3D Model to unlimited number of Derived products (renders, animations), Incorporated products (Interactive Application, import into custom software), conduct In-house work and use 3D Model data for Physicalization such as 3D printing.

Customers cannot distribute, alter to distribute or re-engineer the 3D model in any way. Read full EULA here.


Is there a demo of AccuCities London app?2020-06-27T16:46:44+00:00

AccuCities 3D London app is now Plan.City! Please get in touch and we will be happy to set up a meeting to demo the app.

What is the difference between Level 2 and Level 3 models?2018-07-22T01:05:51+00:00

Both Level 2 and Level 3 3D Models are manually captured from latest aerial imagery available for the area of interest.

Level 2 3D Models are accurate to 50 cm in all axis. The 3D Model is very light and low poly. Buildings are captured with correct roof shapes of main structures with only chimneys, parapet walls and dormer windows omitted. Terrain is accurate to 20 cm and separated into land use categories. Trees locations (captured with correct height and canopy width) are also included.


Level 3 3D Models are accurate to 15 cm in all axis. Buildings are captured with correct roof shapes and all features such as chimneys, parapet walls or dormer windows. Terrain is separated into land use categories. Trees locations (captured with correct height and canopy width) are also included.



What 3D formats can I choose from?2018-07-22T01:22:30+00:00

Any model can be delivered as AutoCad solid .DWG, SketchUp .SKP or .FBX files.

Our High Detail 3D Model of London subscribers also receive Unreal Engine 4 app and all associated UE4 files.

Can I try & test your 3D models before I buy?2018-07-22T01:22:16+00:00

Of course – feel free to Download AccuCities sample tile TQ3280SE. This large 500 x 500 meters sample can be used to evaluate our 3D models. The sample can be downloaded as AutoCad solid .DWG, SketchUp .SKP, FBX and .UE4 Project files as well as Interactive 3D Model. Different Levels of Detail 3D models are available in every format.

I need facade details or interior models.2018-07-22T01:30:39+00:00

If you require facade detail, we can upgrade our Level 3 3D models to Level 4 using a combination of custom high-res photographs and terrestrial photogrammetry.

If you require interior models, we can upgrade our models to Level 5.

Do I need an account with you to order 3D models?2018-07-22T01:44:01+00:00

You don’t need to have an account with us to order 3D models.

Do you offer discounts to students?2020-09-06T20:29:21+00:00

We offer up to 80% discounts for students / non-profit projects. Send us your required area via our Quoting Tool and use “Student” instead of company name. Best of luck in your studies!

What is the minimum order?2020-09-06T20:14:44+00:00

Level 3 models can be ordered from as little as 0.1 km2 (which is about 330 x 330 meters in real world).

Level 2 models can be ordered from as little as 0.25 km2  (which is about 500 x 500 meters in real world).

Custom 3D models can be ordered in any shape – simply draw a map mark-up , send it over to us and we will come back to you with a quote.

How can I send you my map mark-up?2020-01-30T07:02:18+00:00

We prefer map mark-ups for quotes to be sent via our Quoting Tool. If you are having any difficulties or have a map in any other format, simply email it to with your name, company, required Level of Detail and your contact details and we will come back to you.

How can I pay for your 3D models?2018-07-22T01:42:11+00:00

Business customers will be invoiced with 14 days payment term in or shortly after 3D model delivery. Non-business customers might be asked to pay via Card, PayPal or UK money transfer before we accept an order.

What happens after I send you Quote request?2020-06-29T14:56:35+00:00

We will usually come back to you within 2 hours with costs and delivery times for your project. Once these are confirmed by you we will order imagery, set-up a Photogrammetry project, manually capture your 3D model, post process the data and deliver the 3D model to you in required format via a download link.

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