Universities as Regenerators

Join Place North West, Sheppard Robson, Hill Dickinson and Manchester Science Partnerships at this special conference on 20 May dedicated to the increasing role of universities in the growth of cities.

See agenda below


  • Alex Beedle, director of capital projects and estates strategy, University of Liverpool23,000 students and 5,600 staff, estates programme includes new halls at Greenbank and £37m Materials Innovation Factory
  • Chris Roberts, development director, Bruntwood and Manchester Science Partnerships – MSP is a public-private partnership and the UK's largest science park operator, providing environments for innovation to flourish in biomedical, ICT, industrial technologies, and digital/creative sectors, from start-ups to EU HQs
  • Henry Gun-Why, director of estates and facilities, University of Wolverhampton – currently undertaking extensive estate rationalisation including consolidation and relocation to new buildings
  • Chris Musson, chief executive, Liverpool Science Park – offers 120,000 sq ft of high-specification office accommodation and commercial laboratory space in the heart of Liverpool's Knowledge Quarter
  • Kerrie Norman, director, Flinders Chase – procurement consultancy working nationally on capital projects in the education sector
  • Helen Wilding, deputy director, science and business policy, New Economy Manchester – economic advisory body to 'Manchester Family' including 10 Greater Manchester authorities and Midas
  • Alan Pugh, partner, Hill Dickinsonproviding solutions-orientated legal advice to universities, colleges, schools, local authorities, educational charities and spin-out companies
  • Rupert Goddard, partner, Sheppard Robson – producing award-winning educational design since 1938 with Churchill College, Cambridge. The practice continues to develop cutting-edge design for schools, colleges, councils and universities across the UK, creating a range of residential, learning and teaching environments that are supportive and inspiring for practitioners and students alike

This is a half-day event due to take place at the Citylabs 1.0 science workspace on Oxford Road Manchester completed in autumn 2014.

There will be a mixture of presentations, case study analysis and panel debate. Anyone interested in the building for education sector and the rise of higher education institutions on the economic landscape should find this an afternoon well spent.

The event is due to begin at 2pm and close at 5pm on Wednesday 20 May 2015. Tickets are priced at £65+VAT.


2pm Registration, networking, refreshments

Rupert Goddard, Sheppard Robson – Space, Place & Brand; How Education can make Regeneration Work

Helen Wilding, New Economy – Shaping Policies that Underpin Universities and City Growth Priorities

Panel joined by Chris Musson, Liverpool Science Park, linking knowledge quarters with city centres


Case study: Henry Gun-Why, University of Wolverhampton – Taking the Role of Anchor in Regeneration

Kerrie Norman, Flinders Chase – How Universities are Working with Schools and Colleges to meet Regeneration Priorities and Attract Students

Development debate with Chris Roberts, Bruntwood and Manchester Science Partnerships; Alex Beedle, University of Liverpool; and Alan Pugh, Hill Dickinson

5pm Close networking drinks

Universities as Regenerators is organised by Place North West and Active Profile.

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Hmm, a representative from Manchester University’s estates department, conspicuous by their absence on that panel. Unsurprising given some of the shocking new buildings they’ve dumped on the city in recent years.

By Uniman

No Uniman – Manchester probably just too busy, too high profile. Try taking a day’s holiday, preparing a presentation for them and they can’t even give you feedback – they must be meeting themselves coming back with all their projects.

By Big Donna

You don’t deny that Manchestser University’s new build programme has yielded some staggeringly poor buildings though Donna?

By Uniman

No not at all Uni Man – I agree. Was trying to emphasise that they may probably don’t think that though.

By Big Donna

They think they are better than they probably are

By Bob Dawson

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