View of La Croisette stands at MIPIM 2022 from the beach. Credit: PNW

Manchester unveils MIPIM 2023 programme

Innovation, sustainability, inclusivity, and smart growth are four ‘golden threads’ that carry through the sessions planned at the Manchester stand at the international property conference in March.

Generation Manchester is the theme of the region’s programme at MIPIM. Those visiting the stand on La Croisette in Cannes can expect to learn about the long-term ambitions of Greater Manchester and the innovations and social value goals in place to help them be achieved.

Among the panel sessions announced include two from Place North West: a discussion on how to jumpstart the delivery of 15-minute cities at 4pm on March 15 and a debate on how to best level up within Greater Manchester at 4pm on March 16. Both will be followed by informal drinks receptions.

Speakers for the 15-minute cities panel include Civic Engineers founding director Stephen O’Malley, Muse regional director Phil Mayall, Layer Studio landscape architect and director Matthew Warner, and DRMM cofounding director Professor Sadie Morgan OBE. The session will be chaired by Place North West editor Julia Hatmaker.

Thursday’s levelling up panel will include Paul Dennett, Deputy Mayor of Greater Manchester and Mayor of Salford. Joining Dennett on stage will be Wigan Council chief executive Alison McKenzie-Folan, Rochdale Council director of economy Mark Robinson, and Savills director Jeremy Hinds. Place senior reporter Dan Whelan will chair the session.

Other sessions at the Manchester stand will focus on Factory International, concretene, and the wants and needs of Generation Alpha – those born in the late 2010s.

You can find the full list of programme activity below or at

Monday 13 March

  • 6pm-8pm: Manchester @ MIPIM 2023 Welcome Reception (invitation only)

Tuesday 14 March

  • 9am-9:15am: Welcome to Manchester @ MIPIM 2023 from Greater Manchester Combined Authority Deputy Mayor and Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett
  • 9:30am-10:30am: Shaping the Innovation-Rich City with Professor Greg Clark, Manchester City Council chief executive Joanne Roney, Invest Stockholm chief executive Anna Gisler, Metropole de Lyon vice president of economy, employment, trade, digital, and public procurement Emeline Baume, and City of Antwerp deputy mayor Erica Caluwaerts
  • 10:50am-11:30am: Prosperity Beyond Profit: Urban Sustainability and Green Growth across Greater Manchester with Arcadis global cities director John Batten, Bruntwood director of strategy Jessica Bowles, and Manchester City Council strategic director of growth and development Becca Heron
  • 11:45am-12:30pm: Funding the Future – Development Funding for the North West: How the Public and Private Sector are Working Together to Build Future Manchester with Metro Dynamics founding director Mike Emmerich, Greater Manchester Combined Authority chief executive Eamonn Boylan, CBRE executive director William Church, and Bruntwood director Andrea George
  • 2pm-2:45pm: Accelerating Change Through Places for Growth with Manchester City Council director of city centre growth and infrastructure Pat Bartoli
  • 3pm-3:45pm: Delivering Fairer and Inclusive Cities: The Salford and Belfast Way with Arup director Jane Healey Brown, Salford City Council chief executive Tom Stannard, Homes England head of affordable housing strategy and place coordination Jackie Rigby, and Belfast City Council chief executive John Walsh
  • 4pm-4:45pm: Is Levelling Up the Zero-Sum Game? with Metro Dynamics’ Mike Emmerich, Office for Investment managing director for levelling up Tim Newns, and GMCA’s Eamonn Boylan
  • 8pm-11pm: Manchester @ MIPIM 2023 Partnership Dinner (invitation only)

Wednesday 15 March

  • 10:45am-11:30am: Smart Growth Through Innovation: Innovation Greater Manchester, Rochdale and Stockport Growth Locations with Arcadis Northern cities executive Richard Jones, Salford City Council’s Tom Stannard, Rochdale Development Agency and Atom Valley Mayor Development Zone chair Paul Ormerod, and GMCA’s Eamonn Boylan
  • 11:45am-12:30pm: Concretene: A Manchester Innovation to Lower Global Construction Carbon Emissions with Arup’s Jane Healey Brown, Nationwide Engineering Group managing director and co-founder of Concretene Alex McDermott, Arup director Jeremy Edwards, Bruntwood’s Jessica Bowles
  • 2pm-2:45pm: Net Zero Town Centres: Stockport and Wigan’s Net Zero Ambitions with Deloitte partner Simon Bedford, Wigan Council’s Alison McKenzie-Folan, Wigan Council executive director of growth and economy Aidan Thatcher, Cityheart director Warren Taylor, Stockport Council chief executive Carolien Simpson, and Stockport Mayoral Development Corporation chief executive Paul Richards
  • 3pm-3:45pm: Manchester Urban Evolution: The Compact, Walkable City with SimpsonHaugh co-founding partner Ian Simpson, Trilogy development director James Heather, and Manchester City Council’s Becca Heron
  • 4pm-5pm: Place North West Session: 15-Minute Cities with Civic Engineers founding director Stephen O’Malley, Muse regional director Phil Mayall, Layer Studio director Matthew Warner, DRMM co-founding director Professor Sadie Morgan, and Place North West editor Julia Hatmaker

Thursday 16 March

  • 9:15am-10:15am: Factory International: In Conversation with Tom Bloxham and Randel Bryan
  • 10:30am-11:15am: Culture as a Driver of Growth Across the UK with GMCA and Salford’s Paul Dennett, The EC BID chief executive Kate Hart, Downtown in Business chair and chief executive Frank Mckenna, and Coventry City of Culture director of business investment and culture Andy William
  • 11:45am-12:30pm: ESG: The Responsible Revolution with OBI founding director Will Lewis and Arup’s Jane Healey Brown
  • 3pm-3:45pm: Future-Proofed Investment: Can Manchester Deliver for Generation Alpha? Imaging 2033 with NOMA development director Dan Hyde, Manchester City Council’s Becca Heron, SimpsonHaugh co-founding partner Rachel Haugh, and Arup’s Jane Healey Brown
  • 4pm-5pm: Place North West Session: Levelling Up Greater Manchester with Wigan Council’s Alison McKenzie-Folan, GMCA and Salford City Council’s Paul Dennett, Rochdale Council director of economy Mark Robinson, Savills director Jeremy Hinds, and Place North West senior reporter Dan Whelan
  • 5:15pm-6:30pm: Manchester @ MIPIM 2023 Farewell Reception

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