FOURTH Grace architect Will Alsop will be making the case for his controversial plans at a debate organised by the Daily Post next week.

Mr Alsop will be part of a panel of leading local figures that also includes Daily Post business editor Bill Gleeson, Labour MP for Crosby Clare Curtis-Thomas and prospective Conservative candidate for Wirral West, Esther McVey. The debate's format will be based on the BBC's Question Time programme and will be chaired by broadcaster Peter Sissons.

A key question bound to be debated by the panel and the audience will be whether Mr Alsop's Cloud design, to occupy a prominent position between the Port of Liverpool Building and the Albert Dock, is best suited to the city's world heritage status waterfront and as a catalyst for the regeneration of Liverpool.

Mr Alsop said: "It's bound to excite comment, good and bad. There will be some dissension and that's fine by me. I look forward to it.

"People often voice good ideas at things like this and it might even change things. There will be plenty of valid comments out there.

"One thing that I have recognised in Liverpool recently, and it's a bit of a disease, is that people don't believe anything good can happen.

"In contrast, in Manchester they believe they can have anything, and even though they don't always get it, such belief is a starting point."

The debate is part of a week-long series of business-related events that form the Daily Post's BusinessLIVE week. It starts next Monday, July 13, with an invitation only launch party and continues with a series of breakfast briefings and seminars that will discuss a range of topics of fundamental importance to anybody in business.

* TICKETS are still available for our Question Time debate, which is being held on Wednesday July 14, from 2.30-3.30pm, at at Royal & SunAlliance's lecture theatre, which is accessed from The City Exchange, Liverpool (Front of LDP&E offices), Old Hall Street.

Tickets can be purchased by phoning the Business LIVE HOTLINE: 0151 472 2805

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