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Last Updated: Tuesday, 13 September 2005, 14:52 GMT 15:52 UK
Cities planned in virtual reality
Salford Quays (c) Freefoto
Salford's image has undergone rapid change in recent years
Plans to regenerate run down areas of the North West are being recreated with virtual reality.

Academics at the Centre for Virtual Environments (CVE) have already made models of Liverpool, Chester and parts of Manchester and Salford.

The team, based at the University of Salford, said the 3D models were a good way to show prospective developers how their plans will look.

The idea is backed by regeneration experts Renew.

The 3D technology is being showcased at a university masterclass on Thursday.

Phil Barton, Director of Renew, said: "Renew Northwest is pleased to be able to showcase this innovative 3D technology, which until recently was regarded as science fiction.

"The masterclass will enable regeneration practitioners to develop their skills, enabling them to make best use of these new technologies.

"They will also have a unique opportunity to meet and share ideas with other colleagues in the industry."

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