Around 150 guests joined Place North West, Hourigan Connolly and Social Communications on Friday, for a relaxed afternoon of summer networking at Fazenda in Manchester.
Criticism of Chester’s £300m Northgate project has recently come to a head, with local businesses rallying behind a letter to its developer, Cheshire West & Chester Council, to call for an immediate halt on the scheme. But is there an alternative, and can the city reinvent itself as a modern leisure destination?
Green spaces will be created from the outset at FEC's £1bn Northern Gateway to "change perceptions", the project's director Tom Fenton has said, with other areas being explored for the 15,000-home project including a New York High Line-style link to Victoria Station, a new transport hub, and a "Brewery Quarter".
Manchester and the North West was a fertile ground for innovation in the latter half of the twentieth century; a place where challenging, progressive architecture got built, writes James Jones of Sheppard Robson. Whether to our taste or not, many post-war and late century buildings talk of a confident city, ready to take risks.
If we can be sure of anything right now, it is that the world is experiencing a period of dramatic change – and that applies as much to the UK property industry as anywhere else, writes Ronan Vaspart, director of MIPIM. Many of the issues facing real estate may be global in scale but their impacts are local.