The City of Manchester is regarded by many as the world’s first industrial city and where the industrial revolution began. Today many of the trademark Victorian buildings still stand and much of the canal, road and rail infrastructure constructed during the nineteenth century remains. However Manchester has always had the ability to embrace change throughout its history and in recent years has undergone much development and regeneration. New public spaces have been created around modern imaginative buildings with their cutting edge architecture set side by side with fine examples of the more traditionalVictorian buildings, many of which have themselves been internally transformed to meet the needs of today’s Mancunians. In fact it is the imaginative thinking on the refurbishment of old and often derelict buildings that sets Manchester apart. But buildings are just a small part of what is now one of the most dynamic cities in Europe.