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We kick off the Conference with a drinks reception at Manchester Cathedral, a Grade I listed masterpiece in the heart of the Medieval Quarter. 

The next day, our Conference Party will be one to remember (or not!). Held at Hatch, one of Manchester’s newest, award-winning food, drink and retail destinations in the city centre. Guests will enjoy a welcome cocktail on arrival before sampling a variety of delicious street food. Explore the open air spaces and terraces, trayed drinks and four bars. A DJ and live local band provide some of the entertainment for the evening. Details: Drinks Reception & Party


Starting with an introduction to Manchester, we will hear from Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, and Joanne Roney OBE, Chief Executive of Manchester City Council.

We will then bring you four topical discussions with an outstanding lineup of speakers, culminating on the final day with Ed Gillespie, Leading Sustainability Expert, and Mark Stevenson, Futurist and Top Selling Author, aka The Futurenauts. In their usual rambunctious and provocative style, they will explore the live and ongoing mass experiment we are all engaged in regarding the future of work. Read more


From exploring Manchester’s renowned Northern Quarter district, to an exclusive peek inside Europe’s largest and leading studio complex, our extensive lineup of tours will provide an opportunity to showcase the latest in office design and occupation, with focus on regeneration, sustainability, public realm and refurbishment.

Seminars will provide a forum for more intimate engagement in the fields of technologies, the metaverse, ESG, Net Zero Carbon, future occupiers and science. Take a look at the tours and seminars on offer.


First up on our brand new NextGen-focused agenda is the Manchester 5K Running Tour, giving you the opportunity to see some of Manchester’s architecture and culture, whilst getting your fitness fix. You are then invited to join the NextGen Drinks Reception ‘After Party’ – an opportunity to meet and mingle with friends and colleagues at Freight Island, the perfect place to sample Manchester’s vibrant night life.

Over the following two days, there are lunches and mentoring opportunities to enjoy, as well as coffee and wrap roulette networking sessions. Learn more.


We are delighted to welcome Alex Lawlor and Vasiliki Bowler to the Photography Competition judging panel


Alex Lawlor, MRICS
Alex Lawlor, an Associate Director at Faithful+Gould, works within the corporate real estate sector delivering office fit-out and refurbishment projects for private sector clients. With an array of nominations and accolades under belt, she received Atkins Presidents Award 2018, finalist for BCO NextGen Rising Star L&SE 2019 and awarded Faithful+Gould’s Employee of the Year in 2019. Her diverse qualifications in project management, structural engineering and architecture coupled with a personal interest in photography, she has a keen appreciation for creative design and an eye for detail. 


Vasiliki Bowler, MRICS
Vasiliki Bowler, a Senior Project Manager at Faithful+Gould, represents their Corporate Real Estate Forum and digital services. She specialises in client and stakeholder management, building prosperous relationships around her. Having recently been awarded the CIOB Rising Star Award, she now acts as a mentor, supporting professional development within Faithful+Gould as an APC supervisor and guest assessor. From school, to studying architecture to delivering fantastic construction projects – Vasiliki is passionate about the arts (visualisations, graphics, and photography to name a few) and appreciates its power to generate emotion and dialogue.

Thank you to Faithful+Gould for sponsoring the photography competition. Look out for the rest of the esteemed judges on the panel being announced before the conference! If you are thinking of entering the 2022 Conference Photography competition, take a look at some inspiration from around Manchester on Instagram:

We look forward to seeing what you capture while taking in the culture and sights at the conference! Enter and win up to £1000 in cash prizes. Learn more here.


Photography Competition (Instagram) hashtag: #LeadingLightManchester

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