Paragon’s Past: Regents House 1914.


Regents House stands on the corner of Ferensway (formally Brook Street) and has changed very little since 1914 which made the task of finding reference images that bit easier.


From Google Earth.


The finished model of Regent House, just the texturing to do now.



Paragon Project: Update

Strelling’s Furnishings: Anlaby Road, Hull.


This is Strelling Bros Furniture store that once stood next to the Theatre De_luxe around 100 years ago.


This is the model I built, based upon the above photograph.

Seaton Building: Paragon Square, Hull.

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Just an update of the finished building I started a few weeks ago, now with all textures done.


Paragon Project: Building Update

To get our project developed to a more finished stage for our September showing, the group have decided to get some of the key remaining building that once occupied the areas around Paragon Station produced. The building that I am modeling stood behind the Boer War Memorial in Paragon Square until 1941 when it was destroyed in a German bombing raid during World War 2. Only a small section of the building remains today and there are only a few photographs that exist that show the front part of the building.


The building behind the buses and the Hammond’s store adjacent existed during our projects setting, but were both destroyed during World War 2.

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This is my progression so far; a bit more to model, then texturing.

Creating a concept book.

We will be showing our group project to the general public from Thursday 15th to Saturday 17th may. The venue for this is a shop within a shopping centre, and will provide us with a good opportunity for learning about how to deal with questions and comments from the general public. This will  also act as a preview of the project that we are hoping to show at a potential venue in September. To accompany our installation at the shopping centre me and Reece are creating a booklet that features information and pictures of some of the completed assets and building in the game engine, as well as photos of the real assets and buildings to show the comparison.

Not only will this help to show people how parts of the Paragon Station area looked like 100 years ago, it will also help to give people an insight into the techniques and processes that go into game development and the design process it entails.


This is the format that we have come up with for the booklet which includes the logo for our project ‘Paragons Past’ which was designed by Scott and Sam.

Paragon Station Brook Street Entrance

The old entrance to Hull’s Paragon station hasn’t existed for about 50 years, but in our setting of 1914 it was relatively new and needed to be included in the project. Reference images of the outside of the structure are scarce and I couldn’t find any of the interior structure , so I just had to use my own judgement or guess work.

BrookAwThis is the structure that welcomed train passengers at Hull’s Paragon Station 100 years ago.

AwningRenderThis is the model without textures.

04Here are a few different views of the textured model.





Using the Oculus Rift in our Client Related Group Project.

Finally I got to have a go on an Oculus Rift today, and my first impressions of the packaged demo games where a mixed bag really; I was impressed with the level of immersiveness that I was plunged into, but was a little let down be the graphics.
However! when we managed to figure out how to get the Rift running on the UDK engine and played the Paragon Project I was much more impressed with the graphics and the total immersiveness that was we experienced, it actually felt as though I were in Paragon Station.
I feel that this is going to be an excellent way of demonstrating our project to the public in september, although we cannot rely in this as our primary means of displaying our work as some people may not be keen to experience it in this way.

Paragon Project: Hammond’s of Hull.

The original Hammond’s building which stood in the location of the current House Of Fraser store in Paragon Square was destroyed in 1941 during a German bombing raid. Researching the period of construction and completion date proved to be quite  difficult to determine, I eventually found that it was under construction during our setting of 1914 and it opened it’s doors in 1916, I only managed to find one photo of the building under construction in a book called ‘Hammonds of Hull: A Store of Good Things for Family and Home’ by John Markham.

The photo showed the building in the early stages of construction with no real recognisable features relating to the grandeur of the completed building, with this in mind I decided to shift the construction progression forward to that of a more finished state. I know that this may be “historically inaccurate” but I feel that recreating a building that perhaps most people will not know once existed would be  more aesthetically pleasing than showing the skeletal structure that lied underneath.

Hammond's Under Construction 1914

Hammond’s under construction 1914.

Hammond's opening day 1916

Opening day 1916.


The model of Hammond’s that I am currently working on.