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Last Updated: Friday, 17 March 2006, 18:14 GMT
In Pictures: Top heritage sites

Free Trade Hall in Manchester, picture from Stephenson Bell

A new book from English Heritage champions England's 30 best heritage-led development schemes. The sites featured in Shared Interest include Free Trade Hall in Manchester.

Selfridges and The Bullring in Birmingham, picture from Future Systems

The book highlights "successful and imaginative" development of sites with a history. The Selfridges building in Birmingham's Bullring shopping centre is described as "brashly exciting".

Cowley manor, picture from De Matos Storey Ryan

Cowley Manor in Gloucestershire was built in 1855 and remodelled in 1900 by malted milk magnate Sir James Horlick. It has now been transformed into a 30-bedroom hotel.

The Botanical Gardens in Sheffield, picture from Sheffield City Council

Sheffield's Botanical Gardens feature three Grade II listed glasshouses, from 1834. They were visited by 18,000 people in the first four days they were open after major restoration.

Former Speke Airport terminal building, Merseyside, picture from English Heritage

The former terminal building at Merseyside's Speke Airport is a Grade II listed art deco structure. It now houses a hotel, offices and a tennis and fitness complex.

Explore@Bristol, picture from Wilkinson Eyre

Explore@Bristol transformed the site of a Grade II listed train shed built in 1906, much of which was demolished during the development. It now houses an exploratory science centre.

Oxford Castle, picture from Oxford Castle Ltd

Oxford Castle, built by the Normans in the 11th Century, was at the centre of the city's prison, which closed in 1996. It is now open to the public for the first time in nearly 1,000 years.

St Pancras Station, picture from London and Continental Railways

The book also includes projects not yet completed, such as the development of St Pancras railway station, set to become the London terminal for Eurostar trains to the continent.

The Roundhouse in Camden, London, picture from John McAslan and Partners.

The Roundhouse in London's Camden has been a shed for trains, a warehouse and an arts venue, which closed in 1983. It is to reopen as a performance venue after major repairs.

Seven Stories, the Centre for Children's Books, Newcastle. Picture from GWK Architects.

The Centre for Children's Books in Newcastle is described as having "kick-started regeneration of the cradle of the city's Industrial Revolution".

Lincoln City and County Museum, picture from Panter Hudspith Architects.

Lincoln City and County Museum has been built near the city's cathedral on the site of a run-down multi-storey car park.

English Heritage praises Bullring
17 Mar 06 |  West Midlands

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