Starting the New Year with Sir Howard Bernstein
Over 200 delegates attended the Manchester based event organised by the Forum for the Built Environment (Fbe), one of the UK’s leading networking organisations for the property, development and construction sectors.
Sponsored by HOW Planning and Knights, the event provided an opportunity for the audience to hear from Sir Howard Bernstein, Chief Executive of Manchester City Council, who provided an insight into issues which will shape Manchester and the North West property scene during 2016 and beyond.
Says Gary Halman, Managing Partner at HOW “There is much being said about Manchester at the moment. It featured strongly in a recent edition of The Sunday Times as one of the UK’s hotly tipped regional cities with the most exciting growth prospects. And in residential terms, it is seen as having excellent potential, whilst the New World Wealth report forecast the city would see Europe’s fastest growth in high net worth individuals, bringing added economic impetus to an already strong base. We were very proud to be one of the sponsors for this event and enjoyed hearing Sir Howard’s thoughts about the future for the region.”
Sir Howard was upbeat about the city’s prospects and pleased to see new impetus behind schemes like Great Northern warehouse, currently being replanned by Will Alsop Architect. He saw China’s recent turbulence as an opportunity for investment in the UK, and cited the strong links that Chinese investors have with Manchester. And in relation to the Northern Powerhouse, Sir Howard was a strong proponent of all major cities – Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Sheffield and Newcastle – working in harness and collaboratively, playing to their individual strengths.
Photograph courtesy of Mike Tyler, Chairman, Manchester FBE