Events in Manchester

03 July 2015
Events in Manchester


With Ian Williams, we co-hosted a special dinner at The Gorton Monastery. Guest speaker was Deborah McLaughlin, Chief Executive, Manchester Place

who spoke on the topic of devolution and housing. The projected growth in population , the appetite for investment in housing  and the potential for  collaboration and local determination in many areas of public services were at the heart of Deborah’s speech. 


The evening began with the telling of the history of the restoration of monastery by Paul Griffiths, the chair of the Gorton Monastery  Trust who was able to announce a further £3m investment to rebuild the front cloister.


Our thanks to Andy Harvard and his team at Ian Williams for hosting the dinner.




The Social Value Act  is a major step forward , linking  re-investment in community outcomes with major public contracts. Wates Living Space and The Housing Forum  hosted a leadership forum with housing associations, local authorities and procurement specialist to discuss the recent report “Communities Count” and how to build social value into procurement choices for everyday business.

 The Forum discussed the importance of businesses using their expertise to help in the delivery of outcomes . Measurement of the  impact  of social value needs the application of the correct set of tools;there is huge potential to get cross public sector co-operation across local and central government .


Our thanks to Andy Hobart and his team at Wates Living Space for hosting the lunch. 





At the Conference Ideas Exchange, 4 leading architecture practices and Housing Forum members HTA, Levitt Bernstein, Pollard Thomas Edwards and PRP launched a new report  "Superdensity- The Sequel" to demonstrate that successful housing can be built at heights of  5-10 storeys and  solve some of London’s housing problems. But to achieve this, capital costs and whole life costs need to be balanced; detailing of public realm at ground level must be enhanced and there  is a case to release underutilised green belt land in London for house building.


Read the summary of the Ideas Exchange here…