A Greater Manchester Symposium 2018

On Tuesday 19th June 2018, we held our second Manchester Architects Symposium, with the theme being ‘A Greater Manchester’.

This year we were focusing on important issues relating to the development of Greater Manchester by showcasing some of the significant developments being built across the county today. 

Our first talk was given by the Chair of the Academy of Urbanism and Honorary Professor at Manchester University, David Rudlin. He took a comprehensive look at Greater Manchester’s growth and discussed a methodology for its continued development in a sustainable and design-focused context.

This thought-provoking talk discussed the projected growth of Manchester, and its effect on the surrounding boroughs, through the development of transport links, brownfield sites and population growth.

Our second talk by Andrew Bamford and Robert Evans, the partners in the Altrincham-based practice Project 3 Architects, outlined their important role at the firm and examined how regeneration in their town is being led by quality design.

Jon Matthews, director of Northern Quarter-based 5Plus, delivered the third talk giving us an overview of the practice’s work in Salford. It covered both the university and the city and how their work in Salford is driven by high-quality design and creating projects that are appropriate to their environmental surroundings.

Tom Dobson, Architect at Hawkins Brown, explained the firm’s work in Trafford and reviewed their masterplan for the UA92 project. The proposed university academy – conceived by former Manchester United players from the now legendary ’92 team – whose partners include Trafford Council, Microsoft, Trafford College and Bruntwood, aims to make a positive economic and social impact in Greater Manchester whilst providing the brilliant facilities for its staff and students.

Very many thanks to our sponsors, without whom we could not have made this event happen: Hays, Quantum, RIBA NW, Velux, Fineline Aluminium and Kingspan. And of course to our speakers and attendees, as well as the staff of 53two who organised such an excellent event.

You can see what happened at this year’s symposium in our after-movie here: