Manchester City Council

BRICS

Had visitors from two of those countries yesterday. First was Anand Kapoor, originally from Manchester, now from Delhi, who is putting together a programme aimed at increasing creative industry related trade between India and the UK. For a range of reasons including language, history and culture India-UK trade is already significant and has enormous potential so we will be looking at Mr Kapoor's proposals very carefully.

Later in the day I talk to a delegation from Sao Paulo who are visiting Britain as part of making plans for their own legacy for the 2020 Olympic Games. We talk to them about the Commonwealth Games, our long term programme of major sporting events , as well as how we are responding to opportunities arising from London 2012. There is a direct link here as the Brazilian ParaOlympic team will be based in Manchester prior to the olympic games next year.

In between I go to the Council's Design Review Board, a meeting devoted to BIM, a new acronym to me, which stands for Building Information Modelling. It uses techniques, particularly 3-D modelling, that have long been used in other industries like car-making, to plan, design and construct buildings in a more efficient way. Although the UK is a little behind other places, notably the US and Scandinavia, in using these techniques, the City Council has been using them in school building ( Old Moat ), house building ( West Gorton ), and building renovation and refurbishment ( Central Library ) and is already seeing hard evidence that work can be done more quickly, and economically and environmentally more efficiently by using BIM. Everybody else involved in public sector construction is going to have to get used to it as over the next few years it will become mandatory requirement.

It's my week for councillor's advice bureau back in Crumpsall, but the day doesn't end there. As soon as that's over it's back into the Town Hall for a discussion on education policy.

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There are 2 responses to “BRICS”

  1. Seething Says:

    Pity there is no reflection from the leader on the fact that this week is the final week that Manchester delivers youth work directly. No thanks to the staff, no acknowledgement of the work they have done and the tremdous difference they have made to individual's lifes and to communities. Will the debate on education policy consider the contribution of informal education to young people's achievement. Shame the council have serverely limited their capacity to deliver.

  2. Rob Says:

    Manchester could do with forging links with places called the "Manchester of" in India - such as Ahmedabad "The Manchester of India" or "Coimbatore - The Manchester of south India" - as it used to proclaim in its train station. All to do with textile industry of course - so hardly true today!

 

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