What we learned from MIPIM 2019
MIPIM is a week-long real estate and construction industry conference held every year at Cannes in the south of France. It is where you will find the who’s who of the property development world showcasing their exciting projects and discussing the future of the industry, with the picturesque scenery of the French Riviera serving as a fitting backdrop.
This year, our CEO, Paul and head of partnerships, Jay attended the conference alongside the delegation from Liverpool, to learn more about the developments happening in the city region, the North West and beyond.
For Paul, who is deputy chair of Liverpool’s Local Enterprise Partnership board, this is a crucial week for setting the agenda for Liverpool City Region’s aspirations and potential for investment and growth. We’re also proud to say that as an agency, we’ve been involved in many of the projects that were announced and showcased at MIPIM 2019.
So, here’s what they found…
- Liverpool Waters is going from strength to strength
The two main events consisted of presentations followed by an informal lunch, where our client, Liverpool Waters’ development director, Darran Lawless, provided a project update to the packed-out room and further explained just how far the scheme has progressed since gaining planning permission in 2006. With multiple projects live on site, further planning agreed and contractors in place to kick-start multiple schemes, the momentum of Liverpool Waters doesn’t look like it will slow down any time soon.
The event certainly got people talking and attracted international attention, which is what MIPIM is all about. Coupled with the exciting updates from Everton Football Club regarding their plans for a new world-class stadium situated within Liverpool Waters, it’s safe to say this year’s MIPIM was a great year for the team at Liverpool Waters with plenty more announcements to come soon
- Upper Central will create jobs and transform part of the city centre
A brand-new district in Liverpool’s city centre called Upper Central will create thousands of jobs and completely regenerate a key area in the city centre. The new district, located around the Adelphi Hotel and old Lewis’s building, encompassing Lime Street, Mount Pleasant and Renshaw Street, will provide the opportunity to build brand new residential, commercial and leisure sites, as well as refurbish old ones.
This is a project that is particularly important to us, as we have worked closely with Liverpool City Council and a number of partners and stakeholders to develop the Upper Central name, identity and other resources to help promote the place-making project. This will be an incredibly exciting development for everyone living and working in the city region.
- The Gay Games could be coming to Liverpool
Rainbow flags at the ready! Liverpool is bidding to host the Gay Games in 2026 as part of its aim to make Liverpool the most LGBT+ friendly city in the UK. With the opportunity to bring 10,000 athletes, as well as tens of thousands of spectators to Liverpool for this event, this would be an unmissable opportunity to showcase the city region as an exciting and thriving area, with inclusivity as its core.
- New rail station will connect with HS2
Announced by Metro Mayor, Steve Rotheram at the conference, this new railway station will allow for a high-speed line to connect to the wider HS2 network, which will link London, the West Midlands, Leeds and Manchester. With this new station and high-speed line, there will be a significant reduction in the time it would take to travel from Liverpool to Manchester and also to London – great news for commuters and leisure-seekers alike.
This new station will also bring economic growth, up to £15 billion to be precise, as well as thousands of jobs generated. It is incredibly encouraging to see the city region making a strong commitment to these projects, as it demonstrates the clear opportunity for growth, as well as the massive investment that the city region has in store.
- Benefits for us all
The emerging theme from Liverpool’s delegation at this year’s MIPIM is that the many incredibly exciting projects, both happening now and in the future, will benefit absolutely everyone living, working and visiting the city region. The encouraging news of many large-scale projects being commissioned by Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, Liverpool City Council and many private sector organisations demonstrates a strong determination from both the public and private sector to create spaces and buildings that will benefit the majority, not a minority.
- Tom Bloxham throws a great party
The Urban Splash founder and chairman’s annual MIPIM bash is famous amongst regular attendees of the conference, taking place in his unique ‘Bubble House’ just outside of Cannes.
Guests of the party included some of the world’s leading architects, developers and even Grand Designs presenter Kevin McLeod. Starting with a tour of this truly remarkable piece of architecture, the party goes well on into the night with BBQ food, live music and the odd cannonball into one of his two infinity pools. Thank you Tom for the invite, Paul and Jay thoroughly enjoyed it.
- What happens in MIPIM stays in MIPIM
Anyone who has ever attended MIPIM knows just how much work you need to put in to see results. It’s safe to say both Paul and Jay worked their socks off, however we also know most successes come from events that happened away from the Palais, where conversations developed over a drink or two (or three!).
Based on how tired they were when they returned, we know it’s going to take a good week to get over MIPIM, but hey ho, plans for next year can begin after then…