Property Professionals Commit to MIPIM UK

Posted on 30 September, 2014 by Cliff Goodwin

More than 3,000 property professionals hoping to corner or close deals will gather in London next month for the first MIPIM event to be held in the UK.


The three-day inaugural exhibition — modelled on the international MIPIM conference held annually at Cannes in the south of France — is being staged at London’s Olympia opening on Wednesday, 15 October. All 100 stands were booked by early summer with investors, developers, local authorities, hotel groups, agents, corporate end-users and business service providers taking space or fielding delegates.

Headlining the programme of seminars, workshops and networking events are London’s mayor, Boris Johnson, the minister for cities and constitutional affairs, Greg Clark and PricewaterhouseCoopers’ real estate director Paul Harrington.

In all there will be 72 individual events — ranging from business breakfasts, presentations and discussion panels — spanning over 20 property and development related themes, among them “The Future of Property” and “Cities of the Future”.

The finalists for the Regional Property Deal of the Year are: Formula E – Donington Park – Western Paddock Complex, Letting to Deutsche Bank at Five Brindleyplace and The Pears Group-Urban Splash.

Other shortlisted entries are:

  • Future Project Award: Earls Court Master Plan, Newcastle Science Central and Piccadilly Circus London Underground Station.
  • Planning Authority of the Year: Croydon Council, London Borough of Southwark and Sunderland City Council.
  • PRS Project of the Year: Get Living London, London Road, Barking, and Taberner House, Croydon.
  • Public-Private Partnership of the Year: Aylesbury Development Partnership, Scape in Southampton and Bedford and The Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership.
  • Regeneration Project of the Year: 2014 Commonwealth Games Venues, Dundee Waterfront and Newcastle Science Central.

With two shortlisted entries, many of the North-East’s top property developers will join with public bodies in an unprecedented bid to sell the region at a world-renowned property show.

Invest North-East — which combines Durham, Gateshead, Newcastle, North Tyneside, Northumberland, South Tyneside and Sunderland councils, plus the North-East Local Enterprise Partnership — is coming together with 12 private sector partners to attend the event.

“Being at MIPIM UK is hugely important for us as a region,” said Simon Henig, chair of the North-East Combined Authority. “We need to make sure we demonstrate to investors from the UK and overseas that we are serious about attracting inward investment in this part of the world.

“The approach to the public-private sector partnership we have taken reflects the way that we operate in this region. Our role is to enable companies to succeed, and create the right environment for businesses to prosper in the long term,” he added.

Among the firms and organisations taking part in the joint initiative are Carillion, Clouston Group, Cobalt Park, Gentoo, Hanro Group, Intu, Knight Frank, Ryder Architecture, Quorum Business Park, Sanderson Weatherall, UK Land Estates and award finalist Newcastle Science Central.

Fergus Trim is a director at Newcastle’s Quorum Business Park. “MIPIM UK represents a great opportunity to get the North-East message in front of an influential international audience,” he said. “As a region, we have a strong and compelling business case to make to growth companies and inward investors.”

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