Manchester at MIPIM 2020 Events Programme Announced

The Manchester at MIPIM Partnership has today revealed its full schedule of events for MIPIM 2020.

Celebrating Manchester’s 21st year at the international real estate event, the programme will put Manchester’s culture of inter-disciplinary collaboration centre-stage with its theme Everything is Connected.

Returning to the Manchester Pavilion, the Manchester at MIPIM Partnership will shine a spotlight on important issues facing cities around the world, from healthcare and smart technology, to sustainability and urban communities.

Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council said:

“As a city, Manchester's profile has never been stronger, with significant developments in key sectors, workforce skills, and quality of life to name a few. In the coming years there are likely to be significant changes in the way the UK deals with the rest of the world in terms of trade, FDI, and research, so it is vital that we make clear our continuing international ambitions.
“At MIPIM we stand shoulder to shoulder with some of the world’s greatest cities and we always seek to break away from the traditional exhibitor method of models and CGIs. Instead we create an energy and an inspirational backdrop for conversation, and it is fitting that with this year’s theme we are looking to celebrate collaboration, connectivity and surprising partnerships. It’s a chance to not only demonstrate the exciting partnerships unfolding in Manchester, but with eight of Greater Manchester’s ten local authorities attending, it’s also a chance to showcase exciting opportunities across the city-region.
“As always, I’m looking forward to welcoming international leaders to join panels on the Manchester Pavilion to share ideas and best practice. Manchester has an ambition to compete with some of the biggest cities in Europe and we will only achieve this through open dialogue and harnessing friendship with our international friends and colleagues.”

95 organisations have signed up so far to represent Manchester as part of the Manchester at MIPIM Partnership.

The Partnership’s 2020 Sponsors are: Airport City Manchester, Bruntwood, Icon Industrial, John Sisk and Son Ltd, Laing O'Rourke, Manchester City Council, Ocean Outdoor Limited, Property Alliance Group, and The Mayfield Partnership. The full Partnership can be found at: manchesteratmipim.com/partners-list.

The Programme

Manchester’s popular European sessions will return for 2020, welcoming leading figures from some of Europe’s most exciting growth cities to the Manchester Pavilion for a series of lively panel discussions. Here Sir Richard Leese will be joined by prestigious speakers including:

  • Anni Sinnemäki, Deputy Mayor for Urban Environment, City of Helsinki
  • Dr Dorothee Stapelfeldt, State Minister for Urban Development & Housing, City of Hamburg
  • Lex Brans, Director - Real Estate Development, City of Amsterdam
  • Albert Damau, Manager for Economy, Resources and Economic Promotion, Barcelona City Council
  • Anna Gissler, Chief Executive, Invest Stockholm
  • Josée Chiasson, Director – Economic Development, City of Montreal

A highlight for Tuesday, ‘Health & Wellbeing at the Heart of Intelligent and Successful Regeneration & Placemakingwill explore how the design and delivery of buildings and regeneration projects are increasingly seeking to create a positive environment for people to work, rest and play. The panel will include Steve Bowcott, chief executive at Sisk; Chris Roberts, Chief Development Officer at Bruntwood; Joanne Roney, chief executive at Manchester City Council; and Richard Roe, corporate director of place at Trafford Council. The session will be moderated by All Blacks rugby legend and ambassador for health and wellbeing, Brent Pope.

With an unprecedented number of cranes on Manchester’s skyline, is the development of today going to be fit for the future? Are we building the cities our children want to inherit? On Wednesday, through pre-recorded questions and interviews, Manchester school children will lay down the challenge to the City’s property sector at MIPIM, seeking to address what the future generations want from our city. The session, ‘Future Manchester: Building for our Children’ will include panellists Chris Oglesby, chief executive at Bruntwood; Rachel Dickie, director at Bruntwood SciTech; Eamonn Boylan, chief executive of Greater Manchester Combined Authority; and Franky Rousell. co-founder and chief executive at Jolie Studio. The session will be moderated by Sarah Weir, chief executive at Design Council.

The Wednesday afternoon session Designs for Life: Building the Age-Neutral City will tackle our ageing population and economy. According to the International Longevity Centre, Greater Manchester is the leading UK location to develop goods and services – including new housing products – for ageing populations. Panellists will discuss, amongst other things, Greater Manchester’s Local Industrial Strategy, which will see the establishment of a new international centre for innovation for healthy ageing, and ambitions to be the UK’s first World Health Organisation age-friendly city-region.

On the Thursday, two sessions will attempt to tackle the climate change agenda. In Decarbonising Greater Manchester’s Energy: Meeting the 2038 Challenge, panellists will highlight the scale of the decarbonisation challenge in Greater Manchester and provide practical guidance and exemplars to enable the audience to make informed investment decisions. Then Inside Housing will debate the strategy needed to collectively drive the climate change agenda, in the session Chasing Zero: Residential Climate Change Challenge, inviting some leading voices to articulate how they can help create a greener and more efficient residential sector.

As Manchester City Centre expands, new neighbourhoods are being created that will provide homes and jobs for an ever-expanding working and resident population. Wrapping up the programme on Thursday afternoon, ‘The Space in Between: Connecting Regeneration in Manchesterwill see Ian Simpson, co-founding partner at SimpsonHaugh Architects, James Heather, development director at The Mayfield Partnership, James Sidlow, senior development manager at Renaker and Helen Gribbon, director at Renaissance discuss these new neighbourhoods and how we can best make the connection between the ‘core’ and the ‘edge’.

The full programme of events is available at manchesteratmipim.com/events-diary