Future Manchester Symposium 2017

Future Manchester Symposium 2017

On 12 June 2017, we held our inaugural Future Manchester Symposium – bringing together architects from across the city to celebrate pioneering projects on our doorstep, and discuss critical issues and themes in the coming months and years.

Held in the superbly-restored Deansgate tunnels of 53two, guests were served food and drink courtesy of our sponsors, and perused displays around the venue about projects nominated for the Manchester Architects Awards.

As the Symposium got underway, we received talks from Carol Patterson of OMA, whose £110 Factory Project to convert the former Granada TV Studios into an incredible arts centre is the Dutch firm’s first major UK project; Jon Matthews of 5Plus, whose many residential projects throughout the city are creating positive space; Peter Jenkins of BDP, who presented the Ordsall Chord and discussed its intended impact on Manchester’s transport infrastructure; and David Green and Simon Critchley of SimpsonHaugh and Partners, whose various high-rise projects are invigorating the city’s skyline.  The evening concluded with a cross-industry panel discussion to break open issues that will affect the city’s future, chaired by Stephen Hodder of Hodder + Partners.

Photos from the Symposium are on our Facebook page – please log-in and tag at will.

Many thanks to Suzy Wimbourne photography for creating a wonderful visual record of the evening.

Very many thanks to our sponsors, without whom we could not have made this event happen: Knauf Insulation; RSL; VELUX Modular Skylights; CTD Architectural Tiles; Marshalls; Hays Construction; Entwistle; Poggenpohl; and RIBA North West. And of course to our speakers and attendees, as well as the staff of 53two who organised such an excellent event.

Here’s the programme from the night: