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Manchester State of the Market

Tue Jul 06, 2021

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Manchester State of the Market

In-Person: An Update Of The City's Most Important Investments, Developments & Trends

Tuesday July 6 2021 | 8:00 AM BST


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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

Philip Scott

Philip Scott

Investment Director, Schroder UK Real Estate Fund
Jessica Bowles

Jessica Bowles

Director of Strategy, Bruntwood

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.


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
9:25 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 tenant’s top design and amenity demands, and how are flexible workspace operators faring?
9:30 AM
10:15 AM
The Outlook 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?
10:15 AM
10:30 AM
Post Panel Networking