Verified Views & Accurate Visual Representations

Find out more about the different types of verified view resolution; from AVR0 to AVR3

What are Verified Views?

Verified Views are highly accurate photomontages or Accurate Visual Representations (AVR) created using site specific survey data which highlight the visual impact of a proposed scheme or development. They have become central to the UK planning system.

The reason to verify

Verified views eliminate the guesswork and artistic interpretation associated with photomontages. Using rigorous methodologies set out by the Landscape Institute and London Framework, the results give the actual impression of scale and magnitude of a proposed scheme or development.

Verified View Process

Our process for creating verified views is compliant with: The Landscape Institute Guidelines for Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment: 3rd edition and London View Management Framework SPG (March 2012) - Appendix C: Accurate Visual Representations.



Location and size of proposal


Location, size and degree of visibility


Description of architectural form


Realistic materials and lighting
Existing Image
AVR0 Image
AVR1 Image
AVR2 Image
AVR3 Image

Verified Views for each project stage

Accurate visual representations fall into four distinct categories. The specific outputs can be altered at any stage depending on the requirements of the client and level of resolution needed.


Accurate Visual Representation Level 0

Location and size of proposal: This is the most basic of visualisations and shows just the building outline and massing over the base photo in its correct position. This is the most basic of visualisations and shows just the building outline and massing over the base photo in its correct position. This is usually depicted as a line graphic.

This level of render gives a general outline of size of the proposals. It may be used as the first stage in the design process or for outline discussion with planning departments and stakeholders prior to any further detailing.


Accurate Visual Representation Level 1

Location, size and degree of visibility of proposal: This provides more detail with the model (outline and massing) merged into the base photo to accurately show its location, size and degree of visibility taking into account existing features – e.g. where it is and isn’t hidden by existing buildings, trees, street furniture etc.

This is similar to a AVR0 verified view render and can be shown as block massing or wireframe, but gives some site-specific context and can be used to show how the outline proposals sit within the context of the existing surroundings.


Accurate Visual Representation Level 2

As level 1 + description of architectural form: This is a step up from AVR Level 1 as it includes architectural form and details (extrusions, windows and shapes) and notional landscape treatment – still rendered using the same block colour or wireframe, but with more shape and definition.

Often used for distance views where lighting and material aesthetic aren't as important or for use in the design process before materials are specified and signed off.


Accurate Visual Representation Level 3

As level 2 + use of materials: This is the most accurate render and includes building materials (finishes, renders, colours and foliage) AVR3 renders are photorealistic. The aim is to show exactly how the scheme will look once built.

Materials are accurately represented and lighting is matched with the original photos. Tree mitigation and planting will be shown following a provided plant schedule and plan. These renders are used to present a definitive impression of the scheme.