Aerial view of your entire development

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✓ Enhancing sales and marketing literature

✓ Showing scale and layout for planning applications
✓ Providing an immediate overview of the whole development

3D Site Plan, or Aerial CGIs, provide an aerial viewpoint of an entire development. They can show the whole area within its surroundings or in isolation. By clearly showing each element of the development and its relationship to other features that you may wish to highlight, aerial CGIs can give a great overview of the whole site. These 3D Site Plans can either be angled or provide a top-down view, looking straight down at the development. Useful for planning applications as well as sales brochures, 3D Site Plans illustrate the external landscaping features and all the buildings of a development.

"Aerial CGIs can be beneficial to a development as they provide an immediate overview of the site, which can be very useful for planning applications as they’re easier to understand than a 2D site plan."

From a sales and marketing perspective,

3D Site Plans can:

Enhance brochures with eye-catching detailed imagery

Help prospective buyers understand the site layout and orientation

Replace the need for a physical scale model in the marketing suite

For clients that have already modelled individual properties within a site, Blue Cube Studios can create an additional image of the whole development utilising the existing visual models.

We are delighted with our 3D plans. Despite only having been supplied hand drawn plans and a multitude of photos, the Blue Cube team has produced superb quality results. I would recommend them highly. We know these plans will differentiate our accommodation from the competition. Thank you.

Abigail Paskins - Individual

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Approach & Process

The process for creating 3D Site Plans is:


1: Use the architect’s CAD drawings to create the basis of the 3D Floor Plan by producing 2D geometry and creating 3D meshes to lift the landscaping to the appropriate levels.

2: Apply materials, textures and foliage to the site using the landscape designers proposals as a guide.

3: Model each building, placing them on the site model in the position according to the architect’s site layout.

4: Apply building materials using the materials schedule, or as directed by the architect.

5: Surrounding areas will be added using open-source mapping information or by manually adding surrounding buildings in massing form, using surveys or OS data, if required.

6: A draft render is supplied to you for review.

7: Following any technical or marketing comments, we amend the render and re-supply for a final review.

8: The final version is rendered at ultra high resolution to truly appreciate the level of detail included.

Create a 3D visual overview of your development

Give your prospective buyers a clear picture of your development


What is the difference between a 3D Site Plan and an Aerial CGI?

The main difference is that a 3D Site Plan has a blank/white background. The angle of a 3D Site Plan may also be from a higher perspective or looking straight down, sometimes referred to as ‘top-down’, which helps show all areas and plots across a large development. A 3D Site Plan is more suitable for use in a brochure, with plot numbers and sales information overlaid on the image. Aerial CGIs tend to look more like a drone photo, making it more like a photo-realistic image.

What information is needed to obtain a quote for production of a 3D Site Plan?

Usually a site plan and some indicative elevations will be enough to quote from. Then just a description or a list of the property CGIs or images you need. It’s useful to know what the levels across the site are like, as we can save time and money by modelling some sites as ‘flat’.

What information is needed to carry out the production of a 3D Site Plan?

We need the site plan, floor plans, and elevations for each building. These drawings should be in CAD format (preferably DWG format). We also need the materials schedule and landscaping drawing, which can be CAD or PDF format as these are just for reference.

How many sets of amends can we make to the 3D Site Plans?

Our costs usually include two sets of amends. We allow for two rounds of comments or feedback sessions during a usual project. It’s worth noting that ‘design changes’ are not usually included in these costs. If design changes are made to any part of the project that we’ve already worked on, then we will just add the cost of making those changes to the final invoice. We will let you know in advance of these charges, if they occur.

How long does it take to produce a 3D Site Plan?

This varies greatly on the size of the project. For a site consisting of 10 plots, this would take around 2 weeks. For a site consisting of 150 plots, this would take more like 4-5 weeks.

Can we change the viewing angle for a 3D Site Plan once it has been produced?

Yes, we change the camera angle very quickly and have a very responsive workflow. We model everything in the scene, rather than use Photoshop to fake foliage and other realistic objects and effects. This means that changing the angle can be done retrospectively, without having to carry out hours of post-production all over again. This also means that we can provide 3D Animations at a later stage, click here for more information about our 3D Animations.

Can we request further views/images further down the line into a project?

Yes we are able to provide additional images/angles after we have completed the initial project. Thanks to our unique way of working, we are able to supply supplementary imagery very quickly. This is particularly true of 3D Site Plans because we will create a 3D model of the entire project, enabling us to provide a 3D Flythrough animation at great value.

Is there a saving if we instruct multiple Property CGIs from the same project?

Yes! Particularly with 3D Site Plans ! We have a very efficient way of producing our Property CGIs, and one of the main advantages of the way we work, is the ability to provide multiple images and content from a project. This means that our clients get even more value. This is especially true of our tailored CGI bundles, click here for more information.

Why is the cost of an Aerial CGI or 3D Site Plan more than an eye-level CGI?

You can see a large area from an aerial perspective or in a 3D Site Plan, so we tend to create a 3D model of everything within the project boundary. This takes a bit more time at the start, but offers great flexibility and cost-saving if you require further imagery or 3D Flythrough animations for the same project.