Having hosted our first seminar in Manchester, following the launch of our northern office in the City last year, we were overwhelmed by the positive responses and feedback from what was an impressively high number of attendees.
Opening with Avison Young’s Rupert Barron, the Manchester property market was discussed at length in the seminar, with key points including the property supply coming through, demand, infrastructure and the various trends that are currently making the wish lists of potential tenants.
Manchester is at the heart of the Northern Powerhouse with 7.2 million people living within an hour’s commute of the City Centre. Besides the Centre and Salford Quays, there has been significant investment made in Manchester’s surrounding towns, including areas to the south of the city, with successful regeneration projects and new developments appealing to a broad base of occupiers from banks and professional services to the tech market.
Big names, including the likes of Microsoft, Amazon and Jaguar Land Rover, have arrived, or are due to arrive, and there’s also a lot of activity in the SME market. These are exciting times for the city, and the region, and we’re delighted to feel a part of the swagger.
Rupert was followed by Simon Millington, workplace designer at Incognito, who is renowned for his unparalleled understanding of the changing nature of the workplace and how best to use research and data to create the very best workspaces to suit all.
Simon made the simple but effective point that good workplace design is all about understanding space so that we can occupy it better to improve performance and wellbeing for the working community.
Twenty years ago, it was blue carpets and L-shaped beech desks. In the last decade, Google has been heralded as the front runner in office design but, as Simon testified, we’ve moved on from Google and it’s all about redefining the working model to give people the choice of how to work.
We’ve been talking about a workplace revolution for some time now. Associates of Office Principles and our clients know that we stand for creating better places of engagement that will impact positively on the companies and the people that they employ – and we’re evangelical about it !
And so it’s great to host these seminars and to feel the crackle of excitement as the audience gets the vision of what a workplace could and should be.
We have more seminars planned for the year ahead and we’ll definitely be coming back to talk in Manchester, with a selection of guests, in the warmer months.
There’s still so much more to say !