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    Manchester Velodrome - part of Manchester's Sports City, a legacy from the 2002 Commonwealth Games, which Manchester hosted.

    Manchester is home to two of the richest and most famous sporting teams in the world.

    Manchester United Football Club

    Manchester City Football Club

    Manchester is also home to Old Trafford Cricket Club, an International Test Ground and the home of Lancashire County Cricket Club

    Old Trafford Cricket Ground

    Old Trafford Cricket Ground Redevelopment

    Last edited by Codex; January 24th, 2010 at 09:39 PM.

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    I don't think many people would want to volunteer to study late at the Universities John Rylands Library, especially alone.

    Chetham's Mediaeval Chained Library in Manchester's_Library

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    Thanks for the pics Codex. Manchester is a really handsome city. I love the new civic offices.

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    Cheers Alonzo-ny

    Couple more -

    Manchester's new media-city at Salford Quays.

    Manchester Media-city Plans

    Media-city under Construction

    Salford University Office Development

    Salford Quays


    Green Quarter - Manchester

    New Footbridge linking Media City at Salford Quays and Trafford Quay

    Axis Tower (currently under construction) on Albion Street will have an LCD screen on its side measuring 51 metres.

    One New York Street (Mosley Street) is now reaching completion

    Manchester First Street Development

    Another Manchester project under construction is Vantage Point

    Some major Manchester projects such as the Piccadilly Central Tower and Albany Crown Tower have faced delay due to the global economic downturn.

    Piccadilly Central Tower

    Albany Crown Tower

    However in September 2009, Benmore and InterContinental annouced that they would be collaborating on a new tower in Manchester.

    The New Co-operative building to be built beside the current Co-op in Manchester City Centre

    Manchester's New Beetham Tower - the first 23 floors are a Hilton Hotel, with the 23rd Floor being home to the Cloud 23 Bar

    View from the Beetham Tower showing people sunbathing on the balconies of the nearby 'Great North Tower'

    The Beetham Tower's 'Cloud 23' Bar, on the 23rd Floor

    The 'Cloud 23' Bar has a partial glass floor, this is due to the way the tower juts out half way up.

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    i am a chinese,i like manchester,which is a great,beautiful,romantic city.

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    I love the transformation of the old industrial buildings. Manchester looks very inviting.

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    Codex has the Old Trafford Cricket Club project been completed yet?

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    The Old Trafford Cricket Ground is currently being redeveloped in phases, the last phase is due to be completed by 2013.

    Last edited by Codex; January 25th, 2010 at 01:51 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ailiaozhuren View Post
    i am a chinese,i like manchester,which is a great,beautiful,romantic city.
    Manchester has a vibrant Chinese community and many people in China and the Far East follow British football and know of Manchester due to it's famous football teams.

    Quote Originally Posted by midtown guy
    I love the transformation of the old industrial buildings. Manchester looks very inviting.
    Manchester's transformation has seen a successful fusion of the old and new, and the city has acheived urban regeneration without sacrificing it's past heritage.

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    Default Manchester to host soccer (football) museum

    Urbis sent off: Manchester cultural hub to become football museum
    Mark Brown
    Sunday 24 January 2010 15.27 GMT

    It has been innovative, eclectic and that rare thing: a post-millennium project success story. But now the finishing touches are being put to the final popular culture show at Manchester's Urbis – for the centre is about to be booted out for football.

    Redundancy notices have gone out to two-thirds of the staff at the Manchester exhibition centre and the outgoing chief executive, Vaughan Allen, says the process has been akin to grieving.

    "The thing is we haven't failed," Allen said. "Commercially, our current year will probably be our best ever trading year. It's very hard to say to people you've been a great success but we're going to make you redundant, we hope there will be a job for you in 12 to 18 months' time."

    Urbis, it was generally felt, had found its feet. With 250,000 visitors a year coming to see its ever-changing self-curated shows on subjects ranging from Manga to video games to urban gardening, it was a success story.

    That was not always the case. Urbis (Latin for "of the city") was built in 2002 and is easily one of the most visually striking buildings in Manchester, resembling a glass ski slope with an indoor funicular.

    The original idea was for Urbis to be a museum of the city but few really knew what that meant. It became, like so many post-millennium projects, something of a white elephant. Four years ago, with the arrival of Allen, a former style journalist, that changed. "We banned the word museum. The word museum does mean things in cabinets, and we didn't have any," Allen said.

    The focus shifted towards representing popular culture in all its forms – fashion, music, television, gardening and so on – and having lots of *changing shows that would be "zeitgeisty" and surprising. "We got to a point after a couple of years where we suddenly realised what we had created was a Sunday supplement," said Allen.

    It seemed to be working: visitor numbers rose steadily and the place was popular with a young demographic group.

    Then football came along. The National Museum of Football in Preston was in serious financial trouble and on the verge of closure. Its trustees approached Manchester city council, the main funders of Urbis, in the summer, and things moved quickly. After its final exhibition, the building will close to reopen as the new football museum in the summer 2011.

    Urbis was working, its reputation was growing, people said, but times were tough and, in terms of public spending, would get tougher. Wouldn't football, in the long run, be more bankable?

    There were arguments. Ken Hudson, leader at Preston city council, said the football museum trustees had "given two fingers" to the people of Preston and Lancashire. Artists and people working in the creative industries in Manchester also complained, setting up Facebook campaigns against it. But the lure of football won.

    It will not be a case of just transplanting the Preston exhibits to Manchester in the hope more people will be interested in seeing them; lessons must "be learned", drawing on the way Urbis handled popular culture, said Allen.

    However, he is rueful. He hopes a property developer will consider a new version of Urbis elsewhere in the city. Or even in other places in the UK.

    "The real victory would be, in two or three years, eight, 10, 12 galleries in Britain looking at popular culture … it is ludicrous that there are no other galleries really supporting or showing it," said Allen. "We shied away from taking an academic approach to a subject and we liked doing stuff that was still alive and still happening, and I think that's an attitude that will go over to football." The new football museum will certainly have enough subjects, Preston being home to both the Fifa and FA collections.

    Meanwhile, in the centre's main galleries, Urbis' head of creative programmes, Pollyanna Clayton-Stamm, is leading the mad rush to prepare the final show, a display on the "best of Urbis". Downstairs the hip-hop show continues, and upstairs a nostalgic look at Manchester TV is busy with people lounging on sofas watching Shameless, and Coronation Street.

    Clayton-Stamm and her team will be working at the football museum. "I do have mixed feelings," she said. "But I am looking forward to it. There is a huge potential with football and we'll be bringing an Urbis take to it. We're going out on a high. Walking in to Urbis this morning and seeing all the galleries filled with exhibitions is an immense feeling, I'm so proud of what we have achieved."

    In his notes for the final exhibition Allen refers to the best popular culture being "of the moment and short". He said: "You should always end with the public wanting more. The Jesus and Mary Chain got it right, they never played for more than 30 minutes."

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    Manchester Evening News Arena - Capacity 23,000

    Manchester Central Conference Centre (GMEX)

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