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Changing Cityscapes

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British cities have seen remarkable changes in recent decades.

Iconic buildings and development projects are often at the heart of these transformations but what is the lasting impact on our cityscapes?

BBC News has been to Manchester, Glasgow, Gateshead, Belfast and London to look at landmark projects that lay claim to bringing economic and cultural improvements to our cities.

MANCHESTER
Beetham Tower, Manchester

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

What does the soaring Beetham Tower say about the kind of city Manchester wants to be?

GLASGOW
Clyde Arc

Once a city in industrial decline, Glasgow's wharves and docks are giving way to high-rise flats and office blocks.

A bridge, the Clyde Arc, is at the centre of the project. Is it also a bridge to the future?

GATESHEAD
The Sage Gateshead

Once known only for its "Get Carter" car park, Gateshead is reinventing itself through culture.

The striking Sage music centre already has a worldwide reputation. So can culture kick start the regeneration process?

BELFAST
Titanic Quarter

Once one of the world's busiest ports, Belfast was where the Titanic was designed, built and launched.

Now, the vast docklands are being transformed in one of Europe's biggest waterside development projects.

LONDON
Westminster Academy

London is constantly evolving. Away from the landmark developments, small projects are having an impact in communities.

The Westminster Academy is a boldly designed school bringing wider benefits to its surroundings.



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