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Construction output in the North West has hit record levels, with Manchester and Leeds leading a regional building boom. According to the Office of National Statistics construction output in the North West was running at 10 times the national average in 2018. This unprecedented level of construction makes Manchester and the North West one of the busiest regions in Europe.

The first Building Live Club to be hosted in the North West will bring together key regional players to explore the opportunities and challenges for the sector. It will review the current state of the market in Manchester and the North West and will also look at future pipelines of work. It will explore the need to continue attracting investment to the region and how this can be used to deliver successful outcomes for clients, the supply chain and local communities.


15.00 – 15.30: Registration and networking

15.30 – 15.45: Keynote speech
Eamonn Boylan, chief executive of Greater Manchester Combined Authority

15.45 – 16.45: Panel debate – building confidence and delivering successful outcomes: satisfying clients and investors
The construction boom is good news for the industry but also brings challenges including maintaining quality and ensuring projects are delivered on time. Margins and the supply chain are under pressure and the collapse of Carillion and local contractor Forrest has shaken client confidence in the industry. This session will explore how the industry can work with clients and investors to attract investment to the region and rebuild confidence in the supply chain whilst delivering successful outcomes at necessary volumes.

Anthony Dillon, Managing Director, North, Willmott Dixon
Diana Hampson, Director of Estates and Facilities, University of Manchester
John Marland, Director of Building and Construction, Bruntwood
Stuart Rogers, director, Faithful & Gould
Ged Couser, principal, BDP

16.45 – 17.00: keynote speech – Ten tips for keeping projects on track in a booming market
David Bebb, partner, Fenwick Elliott

17.00 – 17.15: Tea Break

17.15 – 18.15: Panel debate – the regeneration challenge – creating successful communities across the North West
Each town or city in the North West has its own unique character and regeneration challenges. What are the ingredients needed to create successful, revitalised communities? Our panel of experts will share their expertise in successful regeneration including collaborations and partnerships which provide the best results, available business models and how successes from the region and further afield can be applied to the wider North West.


Ike Ijeh, Architectural Correspondent, Building
Sandy Livingston, Executive Director – Property, Onward Homes
Rachel Metcalfe, Architect, Hawkins\Brown
David Roberts, Director, Igloo
James Traynor, Managing Director, ECD Architects

18.15 – 20.00: Networking drinks


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*Due to the nature of the event, unfortunately we cannot allow delegates from law firms to attend


Manchester Hall
36 Bridge St, Manchester M3 3BT

Manchester Hall is a uniquely historic venue, located in the heart of Manchester City Centre.