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Movers and Shakers - Whose Developing the North West?

Movers and Shakers - Whose Developing the North West?

Trowers & Hamlins sponsored and chaired the Autumn Movers and Shakers breakfast in Manchester.

Trowers & Hamlins sponsored and chaired the Autumn Movers and Shakers breakfast in Manchester. Over 250 delegates attended to hear the panel interogated by Adrian Leavey, real estate partner at Trowers & Hamlins and he provoked a fascinating debate about the future of the North West development market in the context of Brexit and Devolution.

The panel members included Tom Bloxham, Chair of Urban Splash and a key influencer over the design of northern cities.

Lynda Shillaw, Divisional Chief Executive for Property, Manchester Airport Group who reminded delegates of the importance of the airport in attracting inward investment and their ambitious plans for growth.

Ged Fitzgerald Chief Executive of Liverpool City Council, who was able to give an insight on how Brexit has distracted central and local government from priorities of urban regeneration.

Bronwen Rapley, Chief Executive of the Symphony Housing Group. Bronwen was keen to emphasise the importance of public and private partnership in creating communities and delivering the governments objectives to provide safe and secure homes.

Finally Richard Upton, Director of U and I Group Plc was able to give a developer's perspective on investment in Manchester and the north west, particularly through U and I' s involvement in the high profile Mayfield development in Manchester.

Delegates were given a copy of the Highly Valued Hard to Value research paper produced by Trowers and Oxford Brookes University on how to measure the success of a development against key indicators over and over the financial benefits.  This provoked discussion on each breakfast table on how to ensure that new developments create sustainable communities.