These are amazing!
There’s a library of 3D models of Sheffield buildings, uploaded by the user ‘broadstadium3d.co.uk.
Here is a screenshot of the library, for those of us who do not want to go offsite:
This will download a zip file, open and extract it.
It’ll look like this:
Look in this folder called model.dae
The textures don’t quite work….
…and then sometimes they do:
Using layouts from KMZ files is finickity in Blender.
I’m only interested in the mesh itself, its shape, and I’ll completely retexture this myself. One reason being that .kmz files use textures from Google Street View, which, as an open-source project, I can’t (and don’t want to use Google imagery)
Fortunately, as you can see from this (largely upscaled) example of one of the image textures, there’s enough detail to paint over to produce my own textures.