Guest Blog: Diana Hampson, Director of Estates and Facilities of The University of Manchester

Written by Diana Hampson

The University of Manchester is at the beginning of a very exciting journey to deliver a new c.£1.5billion Innovation District in Manchester city centre and we are delighted to be bringing ID Manchester to the Manchester Pavilion at MIPIM. There is no better place for us to showcase our fantastic opportunity to the international property market.

Earlier this month we submitted a PIN (Prior Information Notice) to the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU), to begin pre-market engagement as part our search to find an investor and development partner to deliver a new c.£1.5 billion Innovation District in Manchester City Centre – which we are calling ID Manchester.

We are looking for the very best joint-venture partner to work with us to develop this prime site which has the potential to create 3.5 million sq ft of mixed use space – new homes, work space, cultural and leisure opportunities as well as a robust public realm and 6000 new jobs.

ID_Manchester_Indicative_Sketchs.jpg#asset:4800Concept sketch looking towards the Sackville Street Building and Vimto Park, showing new, extended public realm, with innovative co-working and interaction spaces at the heart of ID Manchester. Does not in any way indicate potential building design.

Our vision is to create a dynamic, world-class community with innovation, collaboration and enterprise at its heart on the last site of its size and scale yet to be developed in the city centre.

ID Manchester will build upon the proud history of bold ideas, discovery and invention established by the University here. It will attract the most forward-thinking, like-minded individuals and businesses with the chance to establish their UK HQ, start up or scale up their company, take on and benefit from disruptive technologies and ideas or simply come and enjoy this inspirational space.

We are looking forward to introducing ID Manchester at MIPIM and look forward to a successful week with our Manchester Partners.

For more information on ID Manchester visit www.id-manchester.com