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COMPETING PLANS FOR MANCHESTER 2000 UNVEILED

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Five competing teams of international architects unveiled their plans yesterday to rebuild Manchester City Centre i...
Five competing teams of international architects unveiled their plans yesterday to rebuild Manchester City Centre in the wake of the IRA bomb, reports the Financial Times (p13).

A jury of city councillors and private sector representatives, including the chairman of construction group Amec, will select the winners next month after wide consultation.

Most of the plans propose a total overhaul of the Arndale shopping centre and a series of open squares and green spaces. Ideas to exclude cars, create residential accommodation and leisure centres are also featured.

The schemes rely on the support of the five landlords which control most of the city centre, the FT reports.
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