It was critical that the visualisation was totally accurate and represented the site at the time of the planning application. To achieve this Earth Observational satellite data was captured at the start of the development programme, this supplied totally up to date digital imagery and landscape telemetry of the whole site and surrounding area.
The existing processing plant was also digitally captured and modelled accurately – this included the conveyor systems covering hundreds of meters which move materials from the quarry face right up to the primary crusher before being loaded onto the trucks for delivery.
The primary purpose of the software is to show the council planning authorities and the local community the minimal environmental impact the site will have on the surrounding area.
Aggregate have employed landscape architects to minimise any visual impact on the local community, Bunds are being created to shield the site from view and large scale planting of trees around the site has been planned.
The visualisation evolves over a series of phases (which will take approx 20 years) and illustrates how the materials we be redistributed from the new site to the old.
The image above show the total site outlined in blue and the new quarry extension highlighted in red. The green areas show where the bunds and new trees are being added to maintain the countryside aesthetic.
Detailed modelling of local residential areas supported the visualisation and aided in the planning approval process.