Farrell is just one piece of Knowledge Capital jigsaw
Regretfully, your article 'Farrell to masterplan Manchester renaissance' (AJ 18.3.04) significantly misrepresented the scope and remit of Farrell's current work within the Manchester: Knowledge Capital initiative.
As part of the Knowledge Capital's much broader economic regeneration agenda, Farrell has been appointed to provide a strategic overview and framework for a discrete area of Manchester and Salford city centre: the 'Arc of Opportunity'. This work will set the context and guiding principles for a series of future, much more detailed masterplans for constituent areas within the Arc, which will then drive forward development schemes in a coherent and systematic approach. Farrell's work, therefore, is not replanning the entire city but is the start of a very exciting process.
There will continue to be many opportunities for locally based and other highly skilled architects, designers and professionals to play their part in masterplanning the Knowledge Capital. Indeed, the breadth and quality of our home-grown professionals and creatives - who are already extensively involved in key initiatives within our dynamic city - is one of the factors that sets Manchester apart from its competitors, and which this initiative seeks to build upon.
I would request that you direct readers to the Manchester:
Knowledge Capital website, www. manchesterknowledge. com, for further information.
Howard Bernstein, chief executive, Manchester City Council