Manchester City Council

Building for the Future

It's the board meeting of CityCo, our city centre management company that is an independent not-for-profit organisation working on behalf of its members who are principally businesses, public sector bodies and other stakeholders operating in Manchester City Centre. CityCo has a growing membership, which contributes to planning and delivering long-term objectives for the improvement of the city centre, and they have strong established relationships with those who directly influence the shape and fabric of the city.

The city centre is one of Manchester's major economic drivers and it is increasingly high profile due to the range of the experiences it has to offer. Over the last 20 years we've seen major changes in the city centre, going from a few hundred to almost twenty thousand residents, world-class shopping and leisure, award-winning buildings, a dynamic commercial sector, a cultural offer second-to-none and tens of thousands of jobs. CityCo is the glue sticking everything together and maximising benefits for everyone. This is the final meeting of the board before CityCo leave their offices in the Town Hall and move out to new premises in the shopping core of the city - good luck with the move!

Then to the opening of the new building for MBLA architects, who are responsible themselves for some of the finest buildings in modern-day Manchester - including the Siemens building on Princess Road and the Aytoun Street building for MMU and now their own offices in Bengal Street, part of a welcome colonisation of Ancoats Urban Village by new companies. George Mills in particular has been a friend of the city going back to the regeneration of Hulme and was one of the 'architects' - no pun intended - of what ultimately became Manchester's Guide to Development. I'm delighted to be there for him and Ian Beaumont who has also contributed significantly to the city's urban feel and for all their colleagues tonight.

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