Although we have attended MIPIM in the past, this year we are proud to be supporting Manchester as Associate Partner for the first time.
As a significant Architectural practice in the City, we have strong connections and loyalties and we want to support those who are fundamental in the development of our vibrant region.
I like the themes of this year’s Manchester exhibition, Live, Link, Lead. All projects are about creating and connecting places which increase the quality of life for those that use them. Whether that is the accommodation they live in, the shops they use, the places they visit or the places they work. As Architects, it is our job to think about the people using the buildings and spaces first and foremost to make sure we deliver sustainable, flexible developments.
In 2012 we won the Oxford Corridor Design Competition which focuses on the regeneration and connectivity of one of Manchester’s most important gateways, we are also working on various city centre buildings and regional town centres.
We are seeing a growing number of enquiries in the commercial and accommodation sectors as well as significant number of commissions within the retail, industrial, and sport and leisure sectors, which is building on the success of the Olympics. We are currently working with Sir Steve Redgrave, delivering his Legacy by improving sporting facilities in schools across the country. Masterplanning and the fast food retail sectors will continue to be strong in 2013.
Hopefully MIPIM will spread some positive vibes to counter the doom and gloom in the press. With all the nonsense surrounding the talk of triple recession and reduction in AAA rating; the industry remains cautious, as end user finance is still the biggest barrier to development. But Manchester is a great place to do business and if there is any region that can flourish, this is it.
If you’re heading to MIPIM and want to catch up, it would be great to hear from you.
Steve Burne, Managing Director, AEW Architects