Another year, another successful MIPIM

MIPIM week is over for another year; luggage is unpacked, business cards are filed and I am looking forward to my working week with renewed optimism.

This was my third MIPIM but my first with the Liverpool delegation following my relocation from Birmingham in January.  Curtins were again proud sponsors of Liverpool and this year the ten Curtins ‘All-Stars’ travelled to represent our 14 offices armed with our brilliant ‘Top Trumps’ style business cards.

On Tuesday afternoon I gave a presentation on the Liverpool stand, entitled: Liverpool Leading the Digital Revolution in Engineering.  In this, the Year of Engineering, I talked about how Liverpool’s engineers have led the world from docks and railways through to the current digital innovators based in the Knowledge Quarter and Baltic Triangle.  Here at Curtins, and from my own perspective, we are keen advocates of embracing the latest technologies and strongly believe that STEM digital skills are key to the future of the property industry and engineering, as well as Liverpool’s economy.

Following the presentation we met with the Liverpool Leadership team, it was encouraging to hear that many of the themes in my presentation mirrored positive areas of policy and growth for Liverpool which the Leadership team are committed to. The digital infrastructure and development of digital skills are key parts of Liverpool’s future.  Over the course of the week I attended presentations outlining the next steps for various projects which we are involved with, including Peel’s Liverpool & Wirral Waters, The Knowledge Quarter and Everton’s new Stadium at Bramley Moore Dock.  It is great to hear how these high quality developments will enable engineers to continue to shape our city, creating new places to live, work and be entertained.

On Wednesday afternoon came the annual Curtins wine tasting.  This year over 150 guests attended, and our Transport Planning team got their first international experience in gaining a permit for a road closure outside the wine shop.  It was great to catch up with friends from Birmingham and make new introductions in Liverpool over a glass or two of wine, served by Frank and his team at the brilliant Cave Riviera.

Travelling home and reflecting on my week I was struck by the strength of Liverpool’s global brand. Whilst on the Liverpool stand, I spoke with visitors from around the world who were attracted by our architectural, sporting and cultural past, and present.  Liverpool’s global profile combined with its culture of embracing the new is providing a fantastic opportunity for the city to continue its resurgence.