Manchester MIPIM Pavilion 2019

Manchester at MIPIM programme unveiled

Paul Unger

Sustainability will dominate the stand events out at Cannes this year as Manchester again takes a bumper delegation of 95 partners and counting with three weeks to go.

Partners pay between £6,500 and £18,000 for packages that include branding and networking dinners. This will be the 21st year the city has attended the property convention.

Marketing Manchester, the agency which organises the city’s presence at MIPIM, said its “culture of inter-disciplinary collaboration” will be centre-stage this year with its theme of ‘Everything is Connected’.

Manchester Pavilion MIPIM CANNES 2019

Returning to the beachside Manchester Pavilion, events will cover issues facing cities around the world, from healthcare and smart technology, to sustainability and urban communities.

Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council, said: “As a city, Manchester’s profile has never been stronger, with significant developments in key sectors, workforce skills, and quality of life to name a few. In the coming years there are likely to be significant changes in the way the UK deals with the rest of the world in terms of trade, foreign direct investment, and research, so it is vital that we make clear our continuing international ambitions.

“At MIPIM we stand shoulder to shoulder with some of the world’s greatest cities and we always seek to break away from the traditional exhibitor method of models and CGIs. Instead we create an energy and an inspirational backdrop for conversation, and it is fitting that with this year’s theme we are looking to celebrate collaboration, connectivity and surprising partnerships. It’s a chance to not only demonstrate the exciting partnerships unfolding in Manchester, but with eight of Greater Manchester’s ten local authorities attending, it’s also a chance to showcase exciting opportunities across the city-region.

“As always, I’m looking forward to welcoming international leaders to join panels on the Manchester Pavilion to share ideas and best practice. Manchester has an ambition to compete with some of the biggest cities in Europe and we will only achieve this through open dialogue and harnessing friendship with our international friends and colleagues.”

The partnership’s 2020 top tier sponsors are: Airport City Manchester, Bruntwood, Icon Industrial, John Sisk & Son, Laing O’Rourke, Manchester City Council, Ocean Outdoor, Property Alliance Group, and The Mayfield Partnership. The full list of companies in the delegation can be found at

Selected highlights from the 25 events in Manchester’s programme

Tuesday | Health & Wellbeing at the Heart of Intelligent and Successful Regeneration & Placemaking

  • Steve Bowcott, chief executive of Sisk
  • Chris Roberts, chief development officer of Bruntwood
  • Joanne Roney, chief executive of Manchester City Council
  • and Richard Roe, corporate director of place at Trafford Council
  • Moderated by All Blacks rugby legend and ambassador for health and wellbeing, Brent Pope.

Wednesday | Future Manchester: Building for our Children. With an unprecedented number of cranes on Manchester’s skyline, is the development of today going to be fit for the future? Are we building the cities our children want to inherit? Through pre-recorded questions and interviews, Manchester school children will lay down the challenge to the city’s property sector at MIPIM, seeking to address what the future generations want from our city.

The session will include panellists:

  • Chris Oglesby, chief executive of Bruntwood
  • Rachel Dickie, director of Bruntwood SciTech
  • Eamonn Boylan, chief executive of Greater Manchester Combined Authority
  • and Franky Rousell co-founder and chief executive of Jolie Studio
  • moderated by Sarah Weir, chief executive of the Design Council.

Wednesday | ‘Designs for Life: Building the Age-Neutral City’ will tackle our ageing population and economy. According to the International Longevity Centre, Greater Manchester is the leading UK location to develop goods and services – including new housing products – for ageing populations. Panellists will discuss, amongst other things, Greater Manchester’s Local Industrial Strategy, which will see the establishment of a new international centre for innovation for healthy ageing, and ambitions to be the UK’s first World Health Organisation age-friendly city-region.

Thursday | Two sessions will attempt to tackle the climate change agenda. In ‘Decarbonising Greater Manchester’s Energy: Meeting the 2038 Challenge’, panellists will highlight the scale of the decarbonisation challenge in Greater Manchester and provide practical guidance and exemplars to enable the audience to make informed investment decisions. Then Inside Housing will debate the strategy needed to collectively drive the climate change agenda, in the session ‘Chasing Zero: Residential Climate Change Challenge’, inviting some leading voices to articulate how they can help create a greener and more efficient residential sector.

Thursday | ‘The Space in Between: Connecting Regeneration in Manchester’. As Manchester city centre expands, new neighbourhoods are being created that will provide homes and jobs for an ever-expanding working and resident population.

  • Ian Simpson, co-founding partner at SimpsonHaugh Architects
  • James Heather, development director at The Mayfield Partnership
  • James Sidlow, senior development manager at Renaker
  • Helen Gribbon, director at Renaissance

Throughout the week Manchester will welcome leading figures from some of Europe’s most exciting growth cities to the Manchester Pavilion to join the panel discussions. These include:

  • Anni Sinnemäki, deputy mayor for urban environment, City of Helsinki
  • Dr Dorothee Stapelfeldt, state minister for urban development and housing, City of Hamburg
  • Lex Brans, director for real estate development, City of Amsterdam
  • Albert Damau, manager for economy, resources and economic promotion, Barcelona City Council
  • Anna Gissler, chief executive, Invest Stockholm
  • Josée Chiasson, director of economic development, City of Montreal

The full programme of events is available at

Manchester Pavilion 4 MIPIM 2019

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What an absolute joke this is. Thousands flying to mipm to partake in a week of excessive drinking and eating, sailing on gas-guzzling yachts, talking about who’s got the best and biggest buildings.
Completely unsustainable diatribe and the whole thing could have easily take place in Salford Quays!
It’s about time you all grew-up and stop being such hypocritical developers and tax wasting council leaders on your spring jollies under the spurious excuse of networking!

By Mipm!!!

In case it passed anyone by, the Greater Manchester Combined Authority declared a Climate Emergency less than six months ago. But of course this doesn’t apply to developers, consultants and local authority staff all flying off to the south of France to talk crap with people they could meet any day of the week for a coffee.

By James

Couldn’t agree more with the earlier comments. I don’t mind the private sector paying for their own jolly. I do mind public bodies like Councils and Homes England feeding from the same trough.

By John Smith

‘Sustainability will dominate the stand events out at Cannes this year’ – what a wonderfully paradoxical statement.


What a load of absolute ridiculous comments. These people have obviously never been to MIPIM. Touch of jealousy that their employers won’t let them go? MIPIM is a great place to network and meet people you would otherwise struggle to meet. What is wrong with someone having a drink in the evening? It is their own time in the evening to relax after a hard day grafting and have a drink or two. Don’t knock something until you have tried it!

By A Cynical

Pointless backslapping exercise

By Anonymous