@heitomat - Thanks, I've really enjoyed creating my rail networks though at times it has been frustrating when the puzzle piece I wanted, simply didn't exist I'll be showing the development of the central station in a forthcoming update. The terrain mod I use is the Meadowshire terrain mod, another cycledog creation and I love it. I would love to take credit for that airport, I really would but that would be wrong of me. It's actually an AC functional airport. It replaces the maxis airport and has 9 stages, each one requires more passengers. I stumbled upon it and had to have it. Here is that very thread - http://sc4devotion.c...99200#msg199200
@MamaLuigi945 - Thankyou
@Exla357 - I would imagine it is located in one of the dependencies for the AC Functional Airports, but which one I have no idea, sorry. Here is the link for the download http://sc4devotion.c...php?lotGET=1664
@SkyGuy - Thanks, plenty more lush greenery with urban touches today
@Equilibria - Thanks, I plan to create a massive regional airport at some point, but that will be many updates in the future, unless I get bored of building urban/suburban.
@7891122562059523 - Thanks, though as already mentioned the airport isn't my doing.
So on to todays update which will showcase the new Spires University, the new Hollin Cross Central Railway Station and various other bits and bobs. To begin with a comparison overview shot.
After, the new university is clearly visible.
Spires University has been looking to move from it's overcrowded outdated maxis designed facilities for over a decade now and thanks to some generous donations from former alumni, has pooled enough funds to begin construction of a brand new state of the art campus. Building work took 7 years and employed several contractors and specialist building agencies. The campus opened up 4 years ago and it was another year before all departments had been fully transferred there. The building gives the impression of that is has been around for years, but this is an illusion, underneath the period brickwork is high tensile steel and concrete. Likewise this allows the university to get around the hassles caused by using older buildings. The looks of a beautiful older building, with none of the drawbacks. (They've actually done this at my university)
First an overview of the entire facility, though the university isn't finished yet, it has big plans.. oh yes. In addition to the new campus a railway station was constructed on the nearby line to deal with the 28,400 students, 7,900 academic staff and various other university staff, this was built in the same way as the university buildings.
The entire university campus and surrounding developments.
The university in all its lush green glory.
Now a few closeups.
The other major development in the region is the Hollin Cross Central Railway Station, which is located on the site of a former carpark. The station now handles half of the traffic demands for the entire CBD, which has drastically reduced the strain on the road system and encouraged development. Among the first of these developments is the Network Rail HQ and administration buildings, which are located in very close proximity to the station.
In the 5 years following the building of the station, office building boomed drastically, most of the older factory units once present were sold off, demolished and redeveloped. Office space in the area now stands at 12.2 million sq ft, up from 9.7 million 11 years ago.
The area before redevelopment.
An overview of the CBD today.
And the current CBD in a citywide context.
The old university site was bulldozed and put up for sale, it didn't take long before developers snapped it up. Interestinlgy enough one of the main developments on the new site, Spire Biomechanics, was founded by a university alumni, they specialise in the kind of research which made the Stanton Hydrogen Electricity Generating Facility possible, the main labs are located in the much larger city of Hazel Grove, some 25km to the north east.
The old university quarter, redeveloped.
Now some general pictures.
More affordable housing developments.
Coxburgh Swimming Centre.
I hope you have enjoyed this update, comments and criticism welcomed