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Changing Cityscapes: Manchester


DJ and writer Dave Haslam on how Manchester has changed

The UK's cities have changed dramatically in recent decades.

Every year, billions of pounds are spent on urban improvements including eye-catching new buildings, cultural centres, roads and other infrastructure.

But what is the lasting impact on our cityscapes?

Over the course of this week, BBC News is looking at five different cities and seeing how a project in each is playing its part in the transformation.

Once known for its canals and mills, Manchester has reinvented itself as a dynamic city bustling with modern architecture.

In this video, DJ and writer Dave Haslam looks at how the city has changed and asks what the Beetham Tower, a lone skyscraper in a low-rise city, says about the kind of place Manchester wants to become.

Then click on the My Building tab above for a look inside the tower, which has its very own olive grove in the penthouse.

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