Innovation takes the stage at MIPIM 2016

16th March 2016


This morning a selection of MSP customers and partners joined us over coffee and croissants to watch the live stream of Bruntwood and MSP CEOs, Chris Oglesby and Rowena Burns, give a presentation at the world’s largest international property conference MIPIM.

Rowena and Chris focused on the values and visions which underpin the exciting things currently in motion at MSP and Corridor Manchester. Citing the changing nature of work in a more globalised and digitised world, Rowena argued that collaboration had never been more important. There is now, she said, a desire to be with people who “think like me”, not with people who “do what I do”.

It is also increasingly recognised that collaboration across sectors and disciplines can enrich outcomes and enhance innovation. Corridor Manchester is one such place where these ideals of collaboration are being brought to life. As one of Europe’s Top 5 Innovation Districts, it is a place which brings together actors from across public and private spheres. It is the ‘ultimate mashup of entrepreneurs and educational institutions’, where information is shared between academics, scientists, industrialists and artists. This was eloquently represented at MIPIM through a Corridor Manchester animation, with a specially commissioned piece of music from the Royal Northern College of Music.

Evidence of the collaborative spirit of Manchester and the Corridor can be found everywhere. For example, the cross-sector consortia which has won bids for a range of things, including the Precision Medicine Catapult node, the Life Science Enterprise Zones, and the £10m investment in an impressive two year project for Manchester to become the UK Internet of Things city demonstrator. Similarly Health Innovation Manchester, described by Rowena as “the single most efficient collaboration yet” brings together all the major health and social care providers with academic institutions and industry to improve the health and wealth of Greater Manchester.

MSP and Bruntwood sit at the heart of the aspirations of the Corridor to be a world-beating location for collaboration and innovation. MSP, through its business support services and unique public-private stakeholders plays a crucial role in catalysing the commercial value from the knowledge rich institutions located across Corridor. Bruntwood’s expertise in place-making is transforming the Corridor into a place where analysts, artists, students and scientists will work together.

This is most evident in the upcoming developments at Circle Square (former BBC site) and in the potential of the just-announced strategic property partnership with the Central Manchester University Hospitals Foundation Trust. Corridor Manchester is a hotbed of unexpected partnerships and surprising results. Today at MIPIM, Chris and Rowena provided a strong case for the real substance which supports this vision. The livestreaming event was well received, please stay tuned for future events. f