Opening North West Doors With 3D Virtual Tours


Leeds firm offers innovative marketing opportunities during challenging times

During the COVID-19 lockdown many North West museums, galleries and hotels have had to close to save lives and help prevent the spread of the virus. But for those venues who are planning, or have already invested in a 3D tour, lockdown doesn’t necessarily mean doors are fully closed.

Thanks to clever 3D Matterport technology, the creative team at Leeds based Apollo 3D, have designed immersive tours which give customers the freedom to navigate spaces at any time of day or night from the comfort of their own home.

The high-tech technology goes much further than standard 360 tours, as customers embark on a 3D experience allowing them to navigate independently and explore all aspects of the space. To complement the walkthrough customers can also visualise an area via a view known as the dollhouse. This brings a flat 2D floor plan to life, enabling visitors to spin a location as if holding it in their hand - cleverly letting them see how the location fits together.

Staff at Apollo3D are following COVID-19 Government guidelines and work from home where possible, but the nature of their work means they still need to travel to venues for scanning. This shouldn’t be seen as a barrier when looking to commission a 3D showcase, given that closed, customer-free premises are ideal spaces to scan right now.

During these exceptional circumstances, outlets that have already commissioned a scan, are reaping the benefits of being able to showcase what they have to offer to online visitors.

Mark Shepherd, Founder and Managing Director at Apollo 3D said:

“This is an ideal opportunity for us to get on site and capture images safely and quickly. Once created, our cost effective showcase tours will help to let customers know that doors are not fully closed and will reopen.

“Customers find the tours are highly effective marketing tools, allowing them to stand out from their competitors. It can help to boost sales by enticing customers back and attracting new business.”

Tourism body Welcome to Yorkshire, recently featured some of Apollo’s 3D work on their website and social media channels.

Mark continued:

“We’re delighted that we’ve been able to highlight the many wonderful sights that Yorkshire has to offer and show our support for places that are currently being hit hard by the necessary closures.”

Amy Bickerstaffe, General Manager, at the UK’s Best Countryside Wedding Venue, Beeston Manor, Preston said:

“The Team at Apollo3D are fantastic to work with, from initial consultation, to the scanning on the day and delivering the final project. I was so impressed on the day with the scanning with the attention to detail. The final project is beyond my expectations and has already proven to be extremely popular via our website and social media channels.

“We especially like how we can keep adding to the system for future projects to come. As a wedding venue that also marries couples that don't live in the UK, this feature will really come into its own as potential customers can explore the venue from anywhere in the world. By using this state of the art technology our virtual visitors can potentially become our physical customers.”

Apollo 3D offers a full 3D marketing package which includes hotspots, show reels, HD photo packs and branded feature videos. Images from Google Earth can also be used to complement tours, giving customers an eye-catching fly in experience to each location.

They’ve worked across many different sectors from residential and commercial sales and lettings to hospitality, galleries, museums, retail, tourism, healthcare and factories. Customers include Country Living Hotels, Marriot, Knight Frank, Environment Agency, Greene King, Snap Fitness, Clip & Climb and MINI UK.

Anyone interested in commissioning a 3D tour can find out more at or tel: 0113 418 2581.