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#MIPIM2016: Round-up so far

Posted by Alex Bell Mar 16, 2016 4:13:17 PM

Topics: MIPIM

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Once again, MIPIM is very much alive and buzzing. 

This year's global property conference is at the halfway point as we speak - and hasn't disappointed so far. 

While some here in Cannes have been left dejected by a supposed lack of 'new announcements', the majority remain excited about that one chance to speak to just about anyone you want to within the property world. 

Roland Dransfield clients Ask Real Estate, Bilfinger GVA, NJL Consulting and Sheppard Robson are out in force for MIPIM 2016.

During the Northern Powerhouse debate in the main auditorium yesterday, GVA Regional Senior Director Mark Rawstron revealed that £6bn of investment activity had taken place in northern cities in less than two years. He also said he'd be disappointed if that figure doesn't double - and soon. 

On another note, some announcements have been made. There haven't been as many newbies compared with the 2015 event, but then again Allied London's Mike Ingall - who announced the Trinity Islands project 12 months ago - hasn't taken to the stage in the Manchester stand yet. He will do tomorrow though.

Today property giant Bruntwood announced a new 10-year year strategic property partnership with Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Chief executive Chris Oglesby believes it will support the delivery of clinical care, research and innovation, as well as the future development of CMFT’s estate.

During a stand session both Chris and Manchester Science Partnerships boss Rowena Burns said Bruntwood will provide a range of services including planning and construction advice and design services.

Going back 24 hours, Gary Neville, although not here in person this year, made the property news again. 

Hotel Football, the 134-room hotel, launched by Phil and Gary Neville, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and Ryan Giggs, next door to Old Trafford, could soon expand into Europe and Asia. 

NJL Consulting managing director Nick Lee was today pleased to announce his own bit of news too. 

Just two days after Peel Land & Property confirmed plans for 2,500 homes on Pomona Island, which will be called Manchester Waters, Nick was able to reveal his role in the scheme, which will see a further 2,000 homes in the next phases of MediaCityUK as part of a sales push to find developers and investors.

Nick's Manchester and Leeds based company will go live with one of the biggest ever reserved matters planning applications in the country in May, which will encompass about five different architects and eight different reserved matters packages for the rest of the current MediaCityUK area. 

Ask Real Estate Managing Director John Hughes was on a panel alongside Sir Howard Bernstein on Tuesday, discussing the role of Manchester as a gateway city. 

John gave his views on how Manchester might potentially attract more international investors during a near hour-long session which also included the views of three other panel members. 

Sheppard Robson Partner Rupert Goddard has been enjoying another visit to MIPIM too, but in particular, being around for the Corridor Manchester session today. 

He spoke to Roland Dransfield immediately after, and explained architect firm Sheppard Robson's long esteemed association with Corridor Manchester. 

He also revealed his own personal take on what's good about MIPIM, and what's not so good. 

 

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