MIPIM UK I Lancashire makes its case

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The Lancashire Enterprise Partnership has set out a stall for MIPIM UK with its strongest presence for the event yet.

Under the brand ‘We Are Lancashire, The Place for Growth’, the LEP will be joined at Olympia by local authority representatives from Lancashire County Council and Preston City Council along with South Ribble, Blackpool, Fylde, Wyre, Blackburn, Burnley, West Lancashire and Chorley councils.

The Lancashire delegation also includes the Eric Wright Group, Lancaster University and Lancaster City Council, all of which are involved in business showcases across the two days.

Representatives from Cushman & Wakefield, the University of Central Lancashire, Heysham Port, Seatrucks, Colliers International, NPL Estates and Mott MacDonald will also be in attendance.

Projects to be highlighted include Lancaster University’s Health Innovation Campus, a £41m development supported by the LEP’s Growth Deal Fund, which will be based at the university’s Bailrigg campus. The first phase of the building is due to open in 2019.

Lancaster itself will be promoting schemes such as Canal Corridor North, the Bay Gateway link road development and a new 3,500 home Garden Village at Bailrigg.

Also in the spotlight will be Cuerden, the 160-acre mixed-use scheme approved by South Ribble at the end of September. The site next to the M65 is to house an IKEA store among 2.2 m sq ft of development, which is to include 860,000 sq ft of industrial warehouses, 387,000 sq ft of offices, 757,000 sq ft of retail and leisure space, an 86,000 sq ft hotel, and 120,500 sq ft for a gym, crèche and car showroom. The scheme also includes up to 210 homes.

The development is led by Lancashire County Council, with Eric Wright’s development arm Maple Grove and Brookhouse Group.

The first LEP showcase events see Downtown In Business chief executive Frank McKenna chair a panel entitled ‘A Transformational City Deal for Central Lancashire’ today at 12.45.

Then on Thursday 19 October at 10.30am, Place North West editor Paul Unger will host a Q&A focusing on the role that Lancaster University can play in driving local economic growth through innovation, attracting graduate talent to the region, and by working closely with local businesses.

In addition, there will be two events hosted on the We are Lancashire stand: Mott MacDonald showcasing the developing Blackpool Airport and Hillhouse Technology Enterprise Zones masterplans; and one featuring housing opportunities in the Pennine Lancashire region.

Lancashire’s MIPIM UK delegation will be led by David Taylor, chairman of UCLan and vice-chairman of the Lancashire LEP.

Taylor said: “Once again Lancashire is taking a unified message to MIPIM UK bringing together more public and private sector partners than ever before reinforcing the confidence and ambition to compete on a national and a global scale to secure interest and investment.

“Collectively the Lancashire delegation is showcasing the development opportunities to investors, employers and policy makers across a wide range of commercial and industrial sectors.”

  • MIPIM UK coverage is brought to you in association with Willmott Dixon. Place North West can be found on stand H34

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