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Manchester State of the Market

Wed Oct 13, 2021

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Manchester State of the Market

In-Person: The Inside Scoop On The City's Office, Student Housing & BTR Real Estate

Wednesday October 13 2021 | 8:00 AM BST


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Based in the 20-acre NOMA neighbourhood in Manchester city centre, Dantzic is a fine example of art deco design and comprises six upper floors of unique workspace with real character – featuring open plan workspace, original parquet flooring, and exposed original ceiling detail.

For businesses with the ambition to try something different, Dantzic provides an environment that invigorates the mind and challenges the conventional, with neighbours including Amazon Web Services, Deloitte, the Ministry of Justice, and Co-op UK.

Located between two of Manchester’s main transport hubs – Manchester Victoria Station and Shudehill Transport Interchange — Dantzic is within three minutes walk of train, Metrolink and bus connections that serve the city and beyond, perfect for those visiting from near or far.

The wider NOMA masterplan is creating new homes, offices, hotels, shops, restaurants and bars around vibrant urban spaces and public realm. This is underpinned by a forward-thinking, neighbourhood-led approach to placemaking that champions the idea that places are better when people are involved in making them.

In-person Event Covid-19 Guidelines & Restrictions

The event will adhere to all UK government guidelines & local regulations. In the event that restrictions are still in place after June 21st, Bisnow will be taking all necessary precautions including track & trace surveys, masks, hand sanitiser, capped attendance and more. For any questions on the precautions, please contact

Speakers and Panels

The Outlook For Manchester’s Student Housing: Investment, Development & Planning

Providing Value To Prove Your Value: Design & Development Trends Shaping The City’s BTR Real Estate

Why This Matters

What You'll Learn:

  1. Deep dive into Manchester’s office investment landscape covering unique insights into new players, projects, deal types, financing strategies, and lessons learned.
  2. In a city known for its punchy office space, how to stay ahead of the pack and meet tenants’ evolving requirements.
  3. Whether the long-term outlook and potential for investment found in student accommodation remains compelling.
  4. The trends influencing the student property market and the impact on rental values.
  5. The latest innovations in the city’s BTR design & development.


How You'll Do More Business: With Manchester’s ambitions to lead the way to ‘level up’ the economy, leaders are now making critical decisions and investments in the office and student accommodation markets that will come to fruition in the coming years. Gain exclusive insights into how owners and developers are thinking about future developments, where there is room for opportunities, and how new trends are shaping future portfolios. 


Who Attends: Investors, lenders, owners, developers, local authorities, tenants, agents, engineers, architects, planners and advisors.


Why You Should Attend: Bisnow events bring together the biggest power players in the industry to identify opportunities, build your network, and expand your business. With the largest audience of commercial real estate professionals in the world, no one knows how to help your business more than us. We're excited to be bringing the leading CRE players in Manchester back together again in person, so make sure you come early for breakfast to make the most of all the networking opportunities too. This is not an event to be missed!


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Time Activity
8:00 AM
8:30 AM
Breakfast & Schmooze
8:30 AM
8:40 AM
Bisnow & NOMA welcoming
8:40 AM
9:15 AM
The Manchester Office Market
According to Cushman & Wakefield, Manchester had the highest vacancy rate of any UK city in Q4 2020, at 13.8%, in part due to 500,000 sq ft of Grade A vacant space on the market due to new developments. But with £325m worth of investment deals completed in 2020, who is investing in Manchester’s office market and why? How is the city positioned to attract and retain major tenants, what are tenants' top design and amenity demands, and how are flexible workspace operators faring?
9:20 AM
9:55 AM
The Outlook For Manchester’s Student Housing: Investment, Development & Planning
Manchester’s student population is 90,000 — one of the largest in Europe — and with Manchester’s new Local Plan set to introduce new policies for owner developers to deliver high quality accommodation, this session will seek answers to; how are buildings being valued amongst uncertainty, what is current investor sentiment for the market, will there be a change to flexible tenancies, how are amenities and experience changing to meet resident demands, and what does all this mean for rental values?
10:00 AM
10:10 AM
Stretch Break
10:10 AM
10:45 AM
Providing Value To Prove Your Value: Design & Development Trends Shaping The City’s BTR Real Estate
JLL estimates that approx 5,600 flats are under construction around the city, demonstrating that Manchester is still very attractive to renters, despite a slowdown in recent years. To stay ahead of the curve, investors, developers and operators need to understand the next generation of renters. How is the renting experience evolving in order to retain occupancy levels and deliver returns?
10:45 AM
11:30 AM
Post Panel Networking