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Harrods, by Mattb325.
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Inspired by the iconic department store on Brompton Rd, Knightsbridge, Harrods is presented as a CS§§§ growable and ploppable lot for your cities.

Please be aware that the present day Harrods has been extended and remodelled a number of times since the main building on Brompton Rd was completed in 1905, so this is NOT a strict recreation, but what I present is faithful to the original façade as designed by Charles Stephens, albeit with modifications to make it more game-ready.

I have only modelled the front portion of the building.

It must be noted that the present building has completely over-run the old streets of 'Queens Gardens' and 'New Place' and wrapped its way around what used to be known as Queen Street and Lower North St (since renamed Hans Rd and Basil St respectively), consuming the old Hans Mansion block and other buildings in the process.
Because these streets run at odd angles and curves, even with the FAR roads and other NAM advances, I felt that modelling all of this would make the building almost completely unusable for the average player.
Additionally the original building, aligned to Brompton Rd, was slightly wedged shaped - the old line is still somewhat visible under all of the present day roof additions from Google earth along the Hans Rd façade. Naturally I have squared this off to get this into game, which means that the rear of the building is completely fictitious.

The present roof junk and extension of the Mansard roof along all facades is modelled - with slight variations by me - on the most up-to-date renovations: you can compare the differences by using the Google earth program (up-to-date) vs. Bing ?birds-eye/Google maps (out-of-date) to see the remarkable difference to the roof-top in recent years.

Lastly, in order to fit the building on a maximum of 8 tiles (which will give it at least some chance of growing), I have removed one set of windows near the turret. Given the lag on my computer, I have also avoided modelling the hundreds of bulbs on the Hans Cres and Hans Roads sides.

With all of that said, if you are strictly puritanical about recreations being 100% accurate, then please do not download this.

The lot comes in two flavours: a growable Commercial Services and a ploppable, functional C§§§ lot, which is found in the Landmarks Menu. Both have the same stats.

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STATS CS§§§ & Ploppable CS§§§:

Lot size :                    8 x 4
Growth Stage:          8 (Medium and High Density Zoning)/Ploppable
Bulldoze Cost:          §631
Capacity Satisfied:  CS§ 11,140, CS§§ 2,787, CS§§§ 1,117
Pollution:                   50 (Air)/ 33 (Water)/ 67 (Garbage )
Pollution Radius:      6/7/0
Power Consumed:    209 Mwh
Water Consumed:    1,871 Gal/Month
Building Style:           Chicago/NY/Houston/Euro (N/A for Ploppable)
Occupant Group:      Commercial Services Building


NOTE ABOUT DARK NITE vs MAXIS NITE:

This download contains TWO model files; one for dark nite users (and other night-time darkening mods, such as Gizmos night-mod) and one for the standard Maxis nite.
You must keep only one file - depending on which version you use. If you are unsure whether you have a night-darkening mod installed, then choose the Maxis night version. Regardless of which file you choose to keep, make sure you DO NOT delete the Lot File!

If you use the dark nite version, you will need a dark nite mod.

 

DEPENDENCIES:

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This lot does not require external dependencies.

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To install, simply unzip the contents of this file into your plugins folder.

 

 





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SimCoug

  • 5
   3 of 3 members found this review helpful 3 / 3 members

Epic!  And that's just describing the night lights.  I actually like it when BATers take a bit of creative license and tinker with buildings a bit... this is a game after all and being able to adjust models to better fit in with SC4 shows a true mastery over the BATing skill.  Well done!  *:thumb:

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rsc204

  • 5
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Simply wonderful.

The white bulbs for the nite lights are fantastic and will really help to make this stand out in a night scene. How on earth did you make this so quickly, I'm super jealous of your skills.

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tariely

  • 5
   2 of 2 members found this review helpful 2 / 2 members

Grand (and the nite lites...!) I was just thinking of you yesterday, looking at some fine exemple of Jacobean and neo-Jacobean architecture, and wondering if there were more of those in your London Surprise Box :-)

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JP Schriefer

  • 5
  

This is one of the most beautiful buildings I have ever seen to SC4. Thank you very much!

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Prophet42

  • 5
  

You are a true master!!  What a wonderful building.  Thanks for sharing!  I always look forward to your downloads.  Keep up the good work!

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will62russ

  • 5
  

I am going to have a frigging heart attack!!!!!!!   And I already have heart failure.   This piece of work has to be in the top 10, or even top 5, of all-time from the get-go.  I don't know how you do it Mattb325, but keep doing it.  I will not give specifics about why I like it because it would not do the work of art justice.  Hope this inspires others to acheive such greatness.  Thank You.

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Jack_wilds

  • 5
  

over all well done... 5/5, exceptional turn around yet maintaining quality... very good... attention to facade detail; a super work...

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SimNation

  • 5
  

Another masterpiece, love your work as always glad you still make/release projects for this modern city building staple.  The detail on the brick textures I like the most, makes it look better than irl buildings.

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That was fast. This building is a masterpiece.

So much detail in so little time, you have a true gift.

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markussaage

  • 5
  

My eyes went like *:ohyes:... OMG, what a creation! Thanks for sharing...

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sejr99999

  • 5
  

thank you  this was definitely missing from British content and what a beauty you have created    I have enjoyed just looking at the pics and reading the comments and know it will be a pleasure to see it in game soon

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thingfishs

  • 5
  

That's a pretty amazing creation there Matt *:thumb:; and as has been touched upon, the length of gestation was a tad alarming!

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kingofsimcity

  • 5
  

Mastercrafted model! I could stare at those night lights for hours.

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simlacroix

  • 5
  

This is just SUPERB! Well done Matt, I even remembered that upon discovering this forum I tried unsuccessfully for Harrods here and I could not believe noone has tried and here you are, thanks a lot! This will look perfect in my Britcities. :)

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Dino Dagner

  • 5
  

This is a great masterpiece. Well done!

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