Three hundred business leaders from the construction industry attended the Greater Manchester Chamber Construction Summit North this week, where keynote speaker Greater Manchester Mayor, Andy Burnham, spoke on the topics of housing and skills.
Speaking about the need for affordable housing in Greater Manchester, Andy said: “If construction is going to be successful, we need good public place-making, investing in the areas that circle the city centre. We need to start with good public realm – more residential development linked to public transport. Building new homes will bring more people and bring about change.”
Mr Burnham made reference to the Greater Manchester Town Centre Challenge, which is an initiative intended to boost and regenerate urban areas outside of Manchester city centre. He also spoke about the re-writing of the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework which will be published later this year, saying: “We need to not only build more homes, but solve the housing crisis too.”
The event, which is the largest of its kind outside of London, connected delegates with some of the biggest names in the industry and gave them a unique opportunity to network and discuss the latest developments in the region.
The Construction Summit also explored issues such as client requirements, productivity and housing in Greater Manchester, with each session inviting discussion from a panel of industry experts and the delegates in attendance.
Clive Memmott, Chief Executive at Greater Manchester Chamber, also addressed delegates at the Summit. In relation to Brexit, he said: “Whatever happens over the next 12 months, businesses will continue to trade internationally and a healthy, vibrant and progressive construction industry will deliver the infrastructure, homes, offices and factories we require.
“What we primarily want from Government and officials, at the national and local levels, is that they encourage and create an environment that enables business to flourish.”
The event was the fifth annual Construction Summit, which each year tackles the pressing issues impacting the construction sector. This year’s event took place at Emirates Old Trafford.