fbe Manchester: Homes, Community & Placemaking

Date: - 10:30
Organiser: fbe Manchester
Location: HOME Cinema, 2 Tony Wilson Place, Manchester, M15 4FN

March will see fbe Manchester explore three examples of award-winning housing that have fostered a successful sense of community through good design and considered placemaking.

As the UK races forward to deliver a massive undersupply of new homes, we must not forget that housing isn’t just about numbers, it’s about creating places that will thrive long-term and become places where communities can prosper. Guest chaired by a local champion of good placemaking, Pete Swift of Planit-IE, fbe have assembled a diverse range of speakers, housing developments and tenures all linked by a common thread – placing the community at the heart of design thinking and ongoing management of the neighborhood.


Pete Swift, Planit-IE 


Cany Ash, Founder Partner, Ash Sakula
Neil Murphy, Founding Director, TOWN
Craig White, Founder, White Design 

Cany Ash will share Ash Sakula’s experiences of designing The Malings, Supreme Winner at the 2016 Housing Design Awards, and in 2019 acclaimed by the “Building Better, Building Beautiful” Commission as an example of beauty in British housing design.

Neil Murphy will discuss Town’s award-winning co-housing development at Marmalade Lane in Cambridge. This innovative collection of 42 homes is complemented by a range of shared facilities and people-first streetscape design. Winner of RIBA East Awards in 2019, architecture critic Oliver Wainwright describe Marmalade Lane as ‘a model of people-centred development’.

Craig White is a founding Director at White Design, the architects behind the LILAC project in Leeds, the UK’s first affordable, ecological co-housing project. LILAC, which stands for Low Impact Living Affordable Community, is a cohousing group who commissioned the housing with the assistance of the Homes England, the Technology Strategy Board and White Design.

Craig will share White Design’s experience at LILAC and how this progressive design studio is combining low-energy design and sustainable placemaking to create places where communities can prosper.

Following presentations from each of our guest speakers, Pete Swift will chair a panel discussion including questions from the floor for what is sure to be a lively debate on how to encourage a sense valued sense of community and not simply build houses. 

If your business shares a passion for good homes and placemaking, sponsorship opportunities are available.

To book, please visit the FBE website