Challenges facing new retail developments, including tech innovations, expanding leisure offerings, car park demands and consumer trends were all discussed at a varied and lively Futureproofing Retail event.
The afternoon event hosted by Arup, Fairhursts Design Group and Place North West gave an overview of the most significant science facilities planned in the region, and looked at innovative projects further afield to test the pulse of the UK science industry.
Held at the Museum of Science & Industry, more than 100 specialist attendees joined the discussion on how building design can facilitate advances in science, as speakers analysed future prospects and challenges in a fast-moving sector.
As university development programmes grow more ambitious to house an increasing variety of facilities, this special briefing event looked at the power of universities to act as key regenerators in our cities.
Sponsored by Morgan Sindall and held in the Manchester Metropolitan School of Art, the event spotlighted some of the most significant projects underway in the North West, and saw a discussion around issues such as funding, procurement processes, and Brexit pressures on international staff and students.
The meeting of financial services and technology. Is it the big new hope for Manchester? A threat to traditional financial services and chunky space requirements? Or the latest flavour of the month? Neil Tague finds out.
According to an EY report commissioned by the Treasury, UK fintech has grown from disruptive roots to be worth £6.6bn a year in 2015. The UK is undoubtedly well-placed, behind only California in terms of people employed and having the strongest supporting ecosystem, according to EY’s benchmarking. Figures from Accenture show that the UK and Ireland accounted for two-fifths of European fintech investment in 2014.