Funded by the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA), the interactive computer generated model covers 20 hectares of the Ancoats Conservation Area and features over 100 buildings. It allows people to virtually fly, walk, drive through and circle the streets and buildings of Ancoats.
Designed using computer gaming technology, it was originally constructed seven years ago as a design tool for the regeneration of Ancoats. Over the years it has been constantly up-dated and improved to achieve an extremely realistic virtual impression of this historic heart of east Manchester as it undergoes major regeneration.
Eddie Smith, acting chief executive of New East Manchester said: ‘This model has proved invaluable over the past years in bringing Ancoats back to its former glory. It is far more flexible and a lot more mobile and accessible than the standard physical model and allows you to see perspectives that traditional graphics could never show you. The technology allows you to drop schemes into the area so you can view them in context and decide if they are right for that particular environment.’
Roger Milburn, director at Arup said: ‘Our 3D city model team lead by Simon Mabey has developed an interactive model of Ancoats for New East Manchester. The model provides New East Manchester with a long-term tool for helping plan and develop Ancoats. It also provides an important consultation tool for demonstrating different regeneration options. The model has recently been extended to cover more of the City of Manchester. It is fitting that Manchester are pioneering technological innovation which has immediate and long-term value for many different applications and users.’