Over a week, BBC News is investigating regeneration in five different cities across the UK and seeing how a particular project in each city has contributed (or not) to that city's transformation.
The focus of this piece is Manchester in the north west of England. Formerly the inspiration for LS Lowry's pictures of working men and women bustling to and from grey mills and factories, Manchester is reinventing itself as a dynamic city bustling with modern architecture. This first in the series looks at the Beetham Tower - 50 stories high in an otherwise low rise city and whether the building has had a catalytic effect on regeneration in Manchester.
Thanks to Jon Barker