Constructing Excellence Manchester has launched “Making Places in the North”, a new initiative and collaborative platform for built environment professionals to explore how, in the context of the Northern Powerhouse and a growing economy, we can deliver quality places to live and work.
Roger Burton, chair of Constructing Excellence Manchester, says “Creating places for people to live and work is about more than just building houses. It is how we can take the opportunity to deliver the best places and a quality of life which will attract the best people and businesses to the North.”
Making Places in the North is about exploring issues such as Communities, Sustainable Solutions, the use of Brownfield sites, Culture and Heritage of the North, Regeneration and Infrastructure, and understanding how the North can best respond to the growing demand for housing in the context of the development of the Northern Powerhouse.
“Constructing Excellence is the single organisation charged with driving the change agenda in construction” continues Roger “and we believe this represents a lifetime opportunity to look at the North afresh and consider how we can satisfy growth and take advantage of the opportunity to build a quality, sustainable environment where people can live healthy and fulfilling lives.”
The initiative has already received strong support from established and industry relative organisations including RIBA and the Town & Country Planning Association who have welcomed the opportunity to be listed as ‘partners’ on the brand-new Making Places in the North website.
The new website features an interactive forum where visitors are encouraged to sign up and create or simply join in with conversations surrounding the initiative’s various themes and to share opinions, experiences and debate with other industry professionals.
Making Places in the North officially launches at the 4th Annual Construction Summit North taking place at the New Adelphi Theatre at The University of Salford, where members of Constructing Excellence Manchester were also invited to join the expert Q&A panel for the topic of “The Landscape and Opportunity” which focusses on the Northern Powerhouse and the impact of Brexit on the North West.