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Packaged Living's Liverpool proposals will be discussed at the event. Credit: Falconer Chester Hall

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Find out from Packaged Living, CBRE, L&G, and others about where values are heading, who is delivering the next generation of city centre apartments, and what the current economic climate means for investment in the rental market at this half-day Place North West conference.

While the private sector weighs in on the direction of travel for the region’s rental market, representatives from Manchester and Salford city councils will also discuss how well-equipped local authorities are to play a part in responding to soaring demand for homes.

Demand for rental homes has rarely been higher. However, rising rents, low levels of supply, and economic and sustainability challenges have created an environment that is hard to navigate for tenants and developers alike.

Join delegates from Placefirst, Trafford Council, Cityheart, HBD, Glenbrook, FEC, Genr8, and Place Capital Group who have already signed up to attend.


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Our North West Rental Market event will provide delegates with an overview of the sector across the region, giving you the latest insight on a variety of topics from build-to-rent and co-living in our cities, to affordable housing in the suburbs.

Experts will answer questions such as:  

  • What are the main challenges facing developers in today’s market?
  • Is the private sector doing enough to provide affordable homes?
  • What legislative measures could be implemented to ensure the rental sector functions properly for everyone?
  • Is BTR still the holy grail for investors, or is sentiment shifting towards other rental products?
  • What do continually soaring rents mean for the future of our cities?
  • Are housing associations winning the battle to decarbonise their estates?

What you will take away from this event:

  • Insight into how healthy the city centre BTR market is
  • All the data you could want around rental growth, supply and demand, and investment yields
  • An understanding of the challenges facing the affordable end of the market
  • Knowledge of how the public sector sees rental fitting into the growth of their places
  • New contacts for your business

Place North West’s North West Rental Market event will be held at Manchester Hall in Manchester. The event will start at 8am on Thursday 9 May and end at midday.  

The conference is sponsored by JMW, Yardi and Mansell Building Solutions. 

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Expect a mixture of engaging presentations, one-to-one discussions, and dynamic panel debates – as well as the networking opportunities we know are important for your business.

In addition to the pre-panel breakfast, you can also expect breaks in between sessions and a post-panel lunch.

What you’ll take away from the conference

  • An understanding of how the North West’s rental market is shaping up today and where it is going in the future
  • Knowledge of the key challenges facing developers and tenants that need to be addressed and overcome
  • Insight into the importance of good design, sustainability, and amenity to both end users and investors
  • An understanding of where funding for the North West’s rental market is coming from.

Confirmed speakers 

Paul Dennett (x)Cllr Paul Dennett is Salford’s City Mayor – he will give his thoughts on the affordability crisis, talk us through Salford’s stance on co-living, and explain why the city council has taken the decision to start building council homes again. Soaring rents threaten to price many locals out of the market, while viability constraints mean private developers often struggle to deliver discounted homes – Dennett will give his views on how this dynamic can be addressed for the benefit of renters.

Emma Richman (x)

Emma Richman is the director of operations at Peaks & Plains – Housing associations across the country are grappling with a multitude of issues from trying to deliver more homes during a period of high demand, and bring existing, older stock up to standard in terms of both safety and sustainability. Richman will tell us how Peaks & Plains is faring on all fronts.

James Blakey ( x)

James Blakey is the planning and engagement director at Moda Group – An established player in the rental market, with assets across several major cities, Moda is well placed to comment on the state of the market, changing trends, and responding to the biggest issues of the day.

Ben Denton (x)

Ben Denton is the chief executive at L&G Affordable Homes – L&G has a pipeline of more than 25,000 affordable homes to be built over the next decade. Denton will talk about the growing role of institutional investors when it comes to tackling the UK’s affordability crisis, explore the importance of partnerships with major housebuilders, and discuss the policy leavers that can be pulled to unlock the delivery of homes.

Edwina Coward (x)

Edwina Coward is the development manager at Packaged Living – A specialist in both single-family and multi-family build-to-rent, Packaged Living has schemes in both of the North West’s biggest cities – Liverpool and Manchester. Coward will discuss the differences when it comes to developing across the UK’s regional markets and give an idea of the fundamentals Packaged looks for when making investment decisions.

Cllr Gavin White (x)

Cllr Gavin White is the executive member for housing and development at Manchester City Council – In 2022, Manchester City Council announced its intention to deliver 10,000 affordable homes by 2032. Two years and a great deal of economic turmoil later, Cllr Gavin White will provide an update on how that mission is going.

Helen Spencer (x)

Helen Spencer is the executive director of growth at Great Places Housing Group – Great Places is one of the most active housing associations currently operating in the North West. Spencer will explore the challenges and opportunities the current economic market presents when delivering good quality homes at discounted rates.

Tom Sinclair ( x )

Tom Sinclair is a senior director in CBRE’s capital markets team – He has advised on several high-profile transactions in the BTR space in recent years, including Moorfield’s £170m backing of Lumina Village in Trafford. He is well-placed to take the temperature of investor sentiment and plot a path for the sector across the region in the coming years.

Lee Sale, Ascend, p AscendLee Hill is commercial director at Ascend – Ascend specialises in the single-family build-to-rent market and Hill will shine a light on how that sector is performing and why it has seen such substantial growth in recent years. He will tell us where rents are heading, where the next growth hotspots for single-family rentals are, and explore how the product compares to the highly amenitised city centre offer.



Book your ticket today by using the form below.

If you cannot see the form, please contact events@placenorthwest.co.uk.

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On reflection, I quite like those two towers at the end of Old Hall Street. Yes, it would have been nicer if they were taller, but it now seems that Beetham and TJ Morris are going to take care of that wider issue. Onwards and upwards for Liverpool, at last.

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