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#MIPIM2016: Corridor Manchester

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Mar 17, 2016 1:51:54 PM

   

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Ongoing innovative collaboration along Corridor Manchester will help propel the city above others - both in the UK and Europe.

That's the opinion of Rupert Goddard, partner at architect Sheppard Robson, who was speaking from global property conference MIPIM which is held in Cannes.

Rupert, who has worked on numerous Corridor schemes including the Alan Turing Building, Contact Theatre and Citylabs, said: "Corridor Manchester is unique and we are proud to have been associated with it for so long now. 

"The presentation by Manchester Science Partnerships chief executive Rowena Burns and Bruntwood's Chris Oglesby at the MIPIM Manchester stand was fascinating. 

"What they said summed up what a fascinating interaction between arts, science and living Corridor Manchester is."

Corridor Manchester is the 243-hectare area running south from St Peter’s Square to Whitworth Park along Oxford Road.

The partnership brings together Manchester council, Manchester Metropolitan University, Bruntwood, The University of Manchester and the Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and is more than 10 years old. 

The Corridor also boasts 12 per cent, or 55,000 people, of Manchester's workforce with its businesses and organisations generating more than £3.2bn.

During the Manchester MIPIM stand event entitled 'Corridor Manchester: Collaboration, Innovation, Transformation', Rowena Burns and Chris Oglesby discussed the importance of the ever-evolving Corridor, both as an innovation district and as a driver of the city's economy. 

Following the presentation Rupert, of Sheppard Robson, said: "We've done a lot of different work for Bruntwood and both universities over the years.

"In fact, Sheppard Robson's work on the Corridor goes right back to the 1960s and 70s. 

"However, about 15 years ago we completed various projects on the Corridor which led to the establishment of our office in the centre of Manchester."

He added: "Corridor Manchester is at the core of what we do at Sheppard Robson. It's also great to now see new people coming in, and new projects coming forward like Circle Square for example, replacing the old BBC site.

"Because we've worked on the Corridor for a while, it's nice to see it evolve. 

"It's really distinctive and will help to define Manchester above other cities, because I don't think other cities have the same potential to connect so much together.

"Many people in other cities talk about doing it, but Manchester seems to be really doing it."

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