BCO North Research Launch: The Future of Business Parks, Airport City

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You are cordially invited to join us for the Northern launch of the recent BCO Research paper “The Future of Business Parks”.

Start Date / Time 17 Jul 2019 07:30
End Date / Time 17 Jul 2019 09:30
Venue Platform, Airport City, Manchester Airport M90 1QX
National No
Type Seminar
Available to Non Members Yes


Business parks were a highly favoured investment sector in the 1980s and 1990s. However, in recent years they have fallen out of favour with investors and to some degree with occupiers too. This has been fuelled to some extent by a movement back to central city locations by both occupiers and residents. Consequently, the future of business parks is looking more challenged, with many starting to suffer from obsolescence.

It is within this context that the BCO research paper asks the question what is the future of business parks? It sets out four observable future typologies that will continue to emerge as the business parks evolve. Using global and UK case study trends, this research report identifies the drivers behind emerging trends. It explores the potential cost of transformation and the actions necessary to take advantage of market evolution within the business park, and how it is relevant to central city businesses.

Following the presentation of the BCO Research paper, Airport City Manchester will also host an exclusive M.E.N Business Breakfast with a high profile and topical panel discussion around the ‘Future of Business Parks’ and the important role that architects, developers, planners and real estate advisers have in shaping the future of the region.

Refreshments will be provided on arrival, along with the chance to network before the presentation.

07.30 Registration & breakfast
08.00 Welcome
08.05 Introduction from seminar Chair: David Thame, M.E.N
08.10 Future of Business Parks presentation from Peter Baird, Perkins+Will
08.35 Panel discussion and audience Q+A
- Peter Baird, Perkins+Will
- Rob Burborough, 3PM
- Gareth Jackson (AC), MAG Property
- Ed Lister Planit:ie
09.00 Networking
09.30 Event close

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Perkins + Will