"In this series we're covering all sorts from industry, poetry, science and the environment, I am just by Princess Street just behind the BBC and all around me are apartment blocks that have sprung up to cater for the new breed of urban dwellers, drawn in by the great shopping and nightlife on their doorsteps.

From just about anywhere along the Rochdale Canal Britain's tallest residential building the mighty Beetham Tower, rises 168m into the sky. A little closer the ground, and a lot closer to the canal, property developers like 'Urban Splash' have transformed how we live in the city centre..."

Featuring Nick Johnson Urban Splash, Clint Boon musician, Natalie Curtis photographer, Ying Kwok Chinese Arts Centre

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Industrial Powerhouse