Lowry event to debate property’s role in creative industries

The impact on property requirements of new media and the changing ways in which we work will be debated at a conference to be held in July at the Lowry in Salford Quays.

The WorkTech08 North Conference, run by Unwired, part of the Cordless Group, will take place on 23 and 24 July at the landmark venue chosen for its view of the site of Peel Holdings' Media City UK. The event's theme is Creative Places, New Media and Future of Work.

Among the speakers and themes will be:

Digital Media and its impact on how and where we work: Erik Huggers, BBC Future Media & Technology and Scott Rupprecht, head of innovation, Siemens, will examine the impact of the digital revolution on broadcasting and workplace.

Challenges of change: Three property directors from the BBC, the Co-operative Group and Wm Morrisons Supermarkets share their experiences and challenges for the future in a panel debate with Brian Greasley, managing director, Media City.

The event will include masterclasses exploring the future of workplace with cases studies of innovation, visions of the future and a panel debate from leading thinkers.

Steven Broomhead, chief executive of the North West Development Agency, one of the event's sponsors, commented: "England's Northwest has long enjoyed a well earned reputation for outstanding creativity and artistic innovation, as well as a nationally important role as a dynamic business location. However, there is still the need to create an increased number of innovative work environments in order to generate and inspire further enterprise. It is appropriate for WorkTech08 North to be held at the stunning Lowry, an imaginative venue in itself, which overlooks Media City UK – a site that will be at the forefront of technology, offering a world class hub of innovative concepts and setting a standard for the future."

The event is produced in association with TSK Group and the BBC; sponsored by North West Development Agency, Cushman & Wakefield, Johnson Controls, MediaCity:UK, Herman Miller, BDP, Milliken, Lexmark and supported by CoreNet Global UK Chapter, BIFM and iFM.

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