The design competition for St Peter's Square has been narrowed down to two finalists for the £20m project next to Manchester's Central Library and Town Hall Extension.
The secretive contest has been run without judges knowing the identities of the bidding design teams.
A poorly publicised pre-planning exhibition ran for two days this week – media were told after the exhibition had finished – displaying the designs at One First Street, the council's interim office.
The square is currently witnessing work on two sides with construction of the 280,000 sq ft office building One St Peter's Square by Carillion for Argent and Greater Manchester Property Venture Fund on one side and the £90m refurbishment by Laing O'Rourke of the Central Library and Town Hall Extension to the other.
Perhaps the biggest challenge the revamped square will face is accommodating pedestrians when the tram traffic rises to 45 journeys an hour after the second city crossing is completed by Metrolink.
To view the two final submissions in detail visit the council's website here
To view a selection of images from the designs click on the galleries below