Manchester's skyline keeps expanding, thanks to a constant stream of developments across the city.
But, while the centre of our region has become an attractive proposition for all manner of optimistic companies, other towns are working hard not to be left behind.
In Bolton, big plans are in the works which could see the face of the borough changed forever.
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Projects on the go at the moment include a huge new tower block, the demolition of a once-popular town centre shopping mall and a significant housing development on the site of the town's old bus station.
Together, it is estimated that the plans will bring in more than £1bn in new investment.
But these huge schemes are not without their snags.
Last week, part of the town centre's redevelopment plan hit a sizeable stumbling block when it was revealed that a major developer had stepped aside.
The centre of the borough is the subject of millions in private and public investment, with a number of regeneration schemes in the works that will ultimately change the town for good.
The most complicated of these projects - and arguably the most prominent - will be the demolition and redevelopment of Crompton Place shopping centre.
This scheme was being developed by Bolton Regeneration Ltd, a joint venture linking Chinese giant Beijing Construction Engineering Group International (BCEGI) and Liverpool real estate firm Granite-Turner.
However, it was announced last week that Bolton Regeneration Ltd has parted ways with Bolton council and will no longer be involved in these plans.
Granite-Turner also stepped away from two other schemes, including a huge tower to be built as part of the Trinity Gateway project opposite Bolton Station and a development at the iconic former courthouse off Le Mans Crescent.
The departure of these backers left the council with a developer-sized hole to fill on all three projects, although bosses are confident that all three will still go ahead.
To help plug the gap, the authority has applied for a £17m government levelling up grant - but council leader Martyn Cox is optimistic about their chances.
"I think we're in a good position because I think it's a good bid," he told the Manchester Evening News.
Part of his positive attitude comes from the fact that the plans for Crompton Place and the other schemes have already been drawn up and, although the developers have left, the council still owns those drawings and documents, giving it a leg up in restarting the process.
But, Coun Cox agrees that, of all the projects that could shape Bolton's future, the redevelopment of what used to be the town's top shopping destination is likely to be the most complicated.
And, the loss of Bolton Regeneration Ltd has raised questions from other local politicians about how transparent the council has been in its dealings.
Opposition Labour leader Coun Nick Peel slammed the local authority over claims they have not been honest about a 'massive financial viability gap' in the Crompton Place plans.
He pointed to a 2020 report which revealed that current proposals would be 'loss making' and claimed the council has tried to 'pull the wool over our eyes' by not revealing issues with the project.
In response, the council leader has hit back at critics, saying that issues with the huge development have been clear since its inception.
"Crompton Place has always had a viability gap, since day one," Coun Cox said.
"That's why the council intervened in that site in a way it wouldn't with other sites. It's big, it's complicated."
He added: "I have no doubt that it will go ahead, but of all the schemes that is the most difficult to predict because of the complexity of ownership, leases and rights of way.
"When they begin to see three or four of these sites up and running, developers will be able to see what's possible and that will close that viability gap."
Coun Cox is confident that all of Bolton's regeneration schemes will go ahead.
So, what are the latest plans for Bolton town centre and the surrounding area, and when will they happen?
Once Bolton's premier shopping centre, Crompton Place has become a symbol of the changing face of the UK's town centres.
The huge mall has a number of empty units, including a large former BHS store, which has remained vacant for years and been used only occasionally for public events.
But, if a new developer for the project can be found, the area will be at the heart of Bolton's regeneration.
The council bought Crompton Place in June 2018 for £14.8m, dipping into a pot of cash reserved for regeneration schemes.
Planning permission for the demolition of the building has been granted and plans drawn up for a new development.
The latest proposals - tabled by BCEGI and Granite-Turner but owned by the council - include a 110-bedroom hotel, 150 homes, 10,500sqm of office space, and a mixed-use retail, leisure, dining and events area dubbed Bolton Works designed for independent shops, food operators and small business start-ups.
Most of the area will be pedestrianised if the project is completed as planned.
The Trinity Quarter development, another of the three projects backed by Granite-Turner, is located opposite Bolton Station.
The area has been labelled the 'gateway to Bolton town centre' and the scheme includes eye-catching new buildings.
The area has already seen the construction of the £50m Bolton Interchange, a 100-metre long skylink bridge and a five-storey office development.
Current plans also include a 230ft, 20-storey residential tower, as well as 144 rental apartments and an increase in office space and parking.
The Cheadle Square project takes in part of Bolton's iconic Le Mans Crescent street and former magistrates court building as well as the now-demolished Moor Lane bus station site.
Granite-Turner had been behind plans to turn the old courthouse into a boutique hotel, but a new developer will now need to complete that project.
Planning permission is already in place to transform the building into an 87-bedroom hotel, with 17 serviced apartments.
Meanwhile, the old bus station has been empty since it was decommissioned in 2017.
The council has been offered £22.9m for regeneration of the area from the government's Towns Fund.
Developers FSG Moor Lane Developments Ltd, made up of Step Places and Bolton at Home have submitted a planning application to redevelop the site.
The plans for the 10,600sq ft location include 208 homes, with four apartment blocks and dozens of three-bed, three-storey houses built in rectangles around two central courtyards.
A planning application for Cheadle Square should be put before the council before Christmas, Coun Cox says.
Croal Valley could be the next development to see major progress in Bolton.
Plans include riverside apartments beside the River Croal and centre on four areas, Bark Street, Central Street, Chorley Street and the redevelopment of Bolton YMCA on Deansgate.
The project includes large sections of new housing, with Forshaw Land and Property Group already given planning permission for a £35m apartments scheme for Pool and Bark Street.
And, another developer, Placefirst - in partnership with Levitt Bernstein and landscape architects CW Studios - has planned 158 homes around Central Street. Construction on this project was set to be completed by 2023.
Meanwhile, on Chorley Street, Bolton at Home and Irwell Valley have partnered on a project which will transform an old car park into an 'attractive new neighbourhood'.
The 5,700sqm Chorley Place will include 118 new affordable homes and has received government grant funding through Homes England.
Church Wharf is a huge £150m project planned for some of Bolton's most underused town centre sites.
Bolton council is working on the scheme alongside Muse Developments, with the River Croal at the heart of the plans.
In total, there will be more than 350 homes built in the area, up to 7,500 sqm of office space, 660 sqm of retail space and 1,500 sqm of professional service space.
There are also plans for a potential 80-bedroom hotel and increase parking.
Church Wharf will span a large area around the north east of the town centre and plans have it connecting with the Trinity Quarter development.
Demolition of buildings on Bank Street and Manor Street as part of the project has already begun.
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