Public-private partnerships will continue to flourish, but challenges around procurement, choosing the right partner, and developing the right sites still remain, according to a panel of experts from both the public and private sectors, speaking at Place North West’s Meet the Authorities event.
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.
At this special event, U+I and Place North West hosted leading figures from the worlds of development, architecture, construction, technology, and culture to examine the next era of city growth, including U+I’s ambitious plans for the 24-acre site next to Manchester’s Piccadilly station.
Hosted at the Fairfield Social Club, set within the arches of Mayfield, the audience heard how the Mayfield site will be reimagined to form a whole city neighbourhood, with influences from overseas and at home blended with innovative design to form a unique new part of Manchester.
In the decade since Liverpool celebrated its year as European Capital of Culture, the city has changed dramatically. At this Place North West event, industry experts covered the economics of tourism, the relationship with leisure and retail spend, and how places should lever cultural brands to attract visitors, retain talent and capture investment.