The city’s MIPIM delegation has a packed schedule next week as it tries to encourage international investment.
Here, the Post gives a rundown of the itinerary.
* City council leader Sir Albert Bore hosts the welcome reception, in conjunction with the Birmingham Post.
He will outline the mission for MIPIM 2014 – to not only promote the range of flagship schemes and cutting-edge infrastructure projects currently underway, but to also look ahead and outline the opportunities on offer to investors and developers through the future changes to our landscape.
* Jones Lang Lasalle will hold an event entitled Securing The Future Of Large UK Developments. The event gives insight into UK Central proposals to capitalise on the new HS2 station and Birmingham Airport’s expansion around the M42 corridor.
The UK Central hub is already set to host a new £150 million Resorts World complex and a growing presence by global manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover. Among those speaking are Guy Grainger, chief executive of Jones Lang LaSalle, Coun Ian Courts, of Solihull Council, Jerome Frost project director at Arup, HS2 non-executive director Duncan Sutherland and Sir Michael Bear, chairman of the UKTI Regeneration Investment Organisation.
* The Birmingham Curzon Masterplan – exclusively revealed in the Post last week – will be launched.
Waheed Nazir, director of regeneration at the city council, will outline how a new HS2 station in Birmingham city centre will provide the area with significant economic and development opportunities.
This event provides an opportunity to hear about the city’s vision for the new station and how it will use this nationally important piece of infrastructure as a catalyst for regeneration and growth
* The city will hold an event entitled Urban Mobility – Masterplanning Transport For Growth outlining its vision for transport.
The city’s mobility action plan, launched in autumn 2013, provides a 20-year vision of transport development in the city.
This event will discuss the plan, its potential impact and its benefits. Investors and developers will be introduced to the concept of opening up new areas for development by investing in better public transport.
* Sir Albert will be joined by senior figures from Manchester, Leeds and Bristol for an event on the knowledge economy in the UK’s cities.
Using GVA data on occupational demand, the event aims to review current business space demand in each core city region and compare this against the rising business demand from the knowledge-led sectors.
Sir Howard Bernstein, chief executive of Manchester City Council, Tom Riordan, chief executive of Leeds City Council and George Ferguson, Mayor of Bristol, will be among the speakers.
* An event entitled HS2 – Unlocking The Potential Of Cities And Regions? will look at how cities should respond to the impact of high-speed rail.
HS2 will help redraw the approach to strategic planning and development in the UK, and the event seeks to ask how can the increasing momentum of the project stimulate early economic growth?
Louise Brooke-Smith, president elect of RICS, will chair the event, with speakers from HS2 and authorities in Leeds and Nottingham.
* The day will wrap up with an event looking at the potential for Birmingham Airport. With no new runways in the UK before at least 2030, Birmingham Airport is pushing to offer additional capacity for the next 15 to 20 years.
* The city will host an event looking at securing the future of large UK developments.
This event will showcase the future of ambitious large developments like UK Central and investigate how planning, funding and implementation can be accelerated for large-scale schemes.
* Paradise Circus will be the focus of another event, with an update on the redevelopment of the eight-acre site set to transform the historic heart of Birmingham.
Detailed planning, design and marketing of the first phase is underway with the announcement of the appointment of the landscape architects to be made by David Partridge, managing partner of Argent, on the stand together with details of the design brief for the first of the office buildings.
* It will be ‘Birmingyum’ as delegates enjoy our snacks
Treats created by independent Birmingham firms will be on offer to MIPIM delegates as special snack boxes are flown over.
The 200 boxes have been put together by Birmingham street food experts Brum Yum Yum, who have teamed up with four independent producers who attend their monthly market in Kings Heath.
Each snack box includes Chipotle peanuts from The Mexican Bean, Bombay Monkey Mix from Raja Monkey, an On The Go Granola Bar and Triple Chocolate Brownie from Mrs Mills Makes Cakes and La Boca del Diablo from Pip’s Hot Sauce.
It is the latest initiative in Marketing Birmingham’s ‘Birmingyum’ campaign, which aims to shine the spotlight on the region’s food and drink festivals and raise the profile of local food producers, farmers’ markets and world-renowned restaurants.
Ian Taylor, commercial director at Marketing Birmingham, said: “These snack boxes will give people a real ‘taster’ of Birmingham’s burgeoning foodie scene. MIPIM is a high profile international show and we think this is a great opportunity to get the city’s foodie message out to an audience we otherwise might find hard to reach.”