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Just two weeks to go: Developers and architects set sights on BCO conference in Manchester

A raft of high-profile developers and architects will be heading to Manchester for the British Council for Offices conference later this month

Key topics up for debate will include ‘What makes a great city?’ and ‘Who’s got the money now?’ Click here for full programme details.

Among those sharing their commercial property insights will be Manchester City Council chief executive Howard Bernstein, former Davos Global Risk Network head Thierry Malleret and Richard Dannatt, the former chief of the general staff.

The conference will focus on ‘second tier’ cities – such as Manchester – with sessions covering occupiers, scarcity of supply, the creation of new ‘neighbourhood cities’.

More than 400 delegates have already confirmed their attendance at the annual commercial property summit with tickets for the 23-25 May event still up for grabs.

Lend Lease, Land Securities, Wilkinson Eyre, TP Bennett and MAKE are among the companies attending.

The first plenary session, ‘What makes a great city? Competing in the premier league’, reconsiders British cities in the post-industrial age and discusses which conurbations will be most successful over the next decade.

A BCO-commissioned Centre for Cities study into the vital ingredients needed to compete in the premier league of world cities will also be revealed.

The following ‘Who’s got the money now? The new great powers’ debate focusses on the future big players in global economic growth and asks how the UK will find its place in a fast-changing environment.

BCO Conference chair James Wates said: ‘A substantive agenda awaits, but so does the opportunity for meeting colleagues in a relaxed and enjoyable environment. I am looking forward to Manchester in 2012 and to an agenda that does what our industry does best – sets people thinking and sets the pace on shaping the world in which we live.’

In advance of the event, a team of more than 40 cyclists will pedal from EC Harris’ offices in Kings Cross to Manchester. The journey is planned to raise money for the BCO Conference charity, Francis House.

The itinerary:  

  • Day 1 – London to Daventry @100 miles
  • Day 2 – Daventry to Buxton @100 miles
  • Day 3 – Buxton to Manchester 45 miles taking into account an iconic climb such as Cat and Fiddle, Snake Pass subject to confirmation


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