Pro Manchester Property Discussion Group

Organiser: Pro Manchester and Pannone
Location: Pannone LLP, 123 Deansgate

This breakfast seminar will explore government, technology, physical and market influences on refurbishment decisions and discuss which influences are more pressing in the current market. What are the current motivations for clients to refurbish their old building stock? What real input are economic influences having on the decision of sitting still versus refurbishing or rebuilding? What will the future changes in energy, regulations and working patterns have on the scale of refurbishments? Our speakers will introduce the challenge of whether we can create modern, efficient, energy saving facilities in which to work, shop and learn by creatively re-using the existing buildings we have around us. Using their combined experience, our speakers will provide some real insight into the occupiers’ thought process and questions that each client should ask themselves when considering a refurbishment of their property portfolio, thus enabling the audience to better understand potential clients. Buro Four is one of the UK’s leading independent project management firms. Iain Roberts is a Director at Buro Four and has been with the organisation for 20 years. During this time he has delivered a number of award winning and highly sustainable offices for the National Trust, Woodland Trust, Powergen and Runnymede Borough Council as well as a recent landscaping project in Singapore, Gardens by the Bay. Iain works within the corporate offices team and leads the environmental sustainability group and policy at Buro Four. Iain is an active member of the British Council of Offices and will be judging the BCO Awards 2009. Nick Hague leads the Buro Four Manchester team and has a wealth of experience in office and school new build and refurbishment, most recently for Manchester Evening News, Pinsent Masons and JCB Academy. Link: