Day two began with a panel discussion in the Midlands UK Pavilion on ‘Inclusive Growth’ – how to ensure that economic growth meant prosperity for the wider community. A theme which was picked up again at a lunch hosted by Coventry University, who shared their development plans both within the city of Coventry and their satellite campuses. They also explained how they are working with the City Council to create a better urban environment and public realm in the city as well as generally on the Coventry City of Culture project.
We later met with a company specialising in urban regeneration who are particularly interested in our National Projects and Infrastructure Group and the specialisms we have within the Group to help deliver complex urban regeneration projects.
We went on from the lunch to meet with GVA’s Birmingham and Manchester teams to discuss public and private sector initiatives.
I then attended two presentations in the Midlands Pavilion on Housing in the West Midlands. This included a lively panel discussion on how the Midlands can create the quantity and quality of homes needed, and the role that the West Midlands Combined Authority and the Mayor in particular can play in that. The issue of whether relying on the Duty to Cooperate between Local Authorities will be sufficient or whether the Mayor will need strategic planning powers to pull it all together was also discussed.
The events in the Midlands Pavilion ended with a very up-beat panel discussion (with the panel including former Olympic Athlete Denise Lewis) on the City of Birmingham’s plans for the Commonwealth Games 2022 and the need for the Games to deliver a legacy both economically and socially.
From MIPIM - Tuesday (Day 1)
On Tuesday Alex Smith and I attended an invitation only breakfast in the Midlands UK Pavilion. The breakfast included a panel discussion on the theme of ‘Moving to the Midlands’ specifically why the Midlands is proving such an attractive region to locate and invest in. The speakers included; managing director of LinkCity UK, Nicolas Guerin, CEO of PGC Capital, Denise Li, head of planning transport and strategy at Birmingham Airport, Rob Eaton, director of economic development at Rolls Royce, Paul Harris and managing director of Gensler’s London office, Ian Mulchaney.
I then the pleasure of meeting Andrew Poyser, chief clerk of 39 Essex Chambers in London, who are one of the principal planning sets in England. Together with three other members of chambers, we discussed future collaborations and opportunities - this networking is what MIPIM is all about.
At midday I caught up with the other members of the Shakespeare Martineau real estate team for the MultiLaw networking lunch at the beachfront Miramar Plage, where we hosted both existing and prospective clients.
Later, myself and Stephen Chalcraft attended a drinks reception hosted by Pegasus Planning, at which I expect we will see the great and good of the planning world.