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24 March 2016

Enthusiastic, relaxed and very interactive, MIPIM this year was the equal of last year in terms of intensity and catching up with friends new and old.

Prearranged and serendipitous meetings were quickly confirmed, adjusted, reconfirmed and completed within hours rather than weeks or even months back in London. The location, shared focus and numbers attending is also very conducive to having potent and relevant debates on design, markets and their current influences.

There was some expectation that Brexit would be to the forefront of the agenda, and it was discussed, with a range of views summed up as an awareness of its potential to influence and disrupt designs and developments, but with an appropriate quayside buoyancy that either outcome could be managed, it is more a question of the time to settle things down either side of the vote. Central London land values, construction costs and regional benefits were equally audible in the rapid transfer of views and knowledge across the events. The London tent was a familiar hotspot of activity, with Manchester and Birmingham’s presence competing  well for interest and excitement.

In line with our own design R+D and project activities in the Office TMT and Residential sectors, there were some compelling debates about the convergence of design spaces across sectors. MIPIM is great at showcasing office, residential, hotel and education spatial compositions which are all learning and borrowing from one another. Seeing them all together reinforced our view that elements like entrance atriums, or Big Lounges, agile building frames and flexible leasing models need to challenge and steer the market towards more adaptable and sustainable habitats with a range of pricing levels.

Joining some early morning runs and the seeing the arrival of the impressive cycling peloton from London also showed a healthy passion for wellbeing in the property community at Cannes. Transposing the MIPIM cocktail of productive qualities to our home towns is difficult but it would be good to create pockets of the spirit at regular points throughout the year.

Tom Alexander




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