15 Years ago today Manchester was granted a unique opportunity, a chance to completely redesign a whole swath of its city centre, every architect and town planners dream scenario.
What gave rise to this situation was more of a nightmare, as a 3,000lb bomb planted by the IRA caused chaos and destruction. Fortunately no-one was injured, and most people are now agreed that this act or terrorism was the catalyst for the cities rejuvenation and reinvention into a truly modern and international city.
The bomb blast and the cities subsequent recovery has been covered extensively by artists, authors and photographers. Here are a couple of my favourites: