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As part of the A Level course students in year 13 study Urban Regeneration. In order to see this in action A Level Geographers visited Birmingham City Centre. The afternoon was spent looking at elements of the Big City Plan. ‘This is the most ambitious, far-reaching development project undertaken in the UK. The aim is to create a world class city centre by planning for the next 20 years of transformation.’ Students first saw New Street Station, The £600 million Gateway scheme, then visited The Library of Birmingham. They admired the impressive £188 million City Council investment creating one of the largest libraries in Europe. ‘Seeing the library finished was really interesting especially after seeing it on the news and learning about as part of the redevelopment of the city centre’. It was then onto Brindley Place and a walk down the canal to compare the physical state of the environment with Ladywood. This allowed students to see the typical inner city features and how the regeneration had impacted the surrounding area. The final stop was the German Market, looking at rebranding; the aim to attract people back to the city and how successful it had been. It was a fantastic afternoon and a great opportunity for year 13s to see regeneration in practice, right on our doorstep.