Corridor Manchester was featured strongly at the MIPIM international property conference in Cannes in March 2017.
Chris Oglesby, Corridor Board member and Chief Executive of Bruntwood said “The city has positioned itself as a progressive space; an original modern city” and that “we set up Corridor Manchester with a shared interest in making that part of Manchester one of Europe’s best innovation districts”.
Thomas Renn, Managing Director of Manchester Science Partnerships added that “our work on Corridor Manchester is about making smart spaces where people can thrive”.
Nick Chrissos, Head of Innovation Technology, Cisco, spoke with Chris Oglesby and Thomas Renn in a session ‘Connecting Manchester – Smart City, Smart People’ where he provided delegates with details of CityVerve, the UK’s Internet of Things smart city demonstrator, which is being delivered in the Corridor Manchester area. Nick said “We believe in connecting the unconnected – bringing them together creates solutions that did not exist”.
During the session, Manchester Science Partnerships announced the name of its newest and most technology-enabled building. Located in the Corridor Manchester area, due to open in late May, the 70,000 sq ft Bright Building on Manchester Science Park will be the nerve-centre of digital innovation in the North West, the HQ of CityVerve, the UK’s Internet of Things city demonstrator, and Mi-IDEA, a post accelerator and open innovation centre for fast-growth technology businesses, operated in partnership with Cisco.
Thomas Renn, Managing Director of MSP said that the name was chosen to reflect the building’s status as an incubator of bright ideas, and the natural home for people working in the growth sectors of tomorrow. He said: “During construction we had used the working title of No.1 MSP Central, but now we’re approaching completion we want this first new build on site for over 15 years to truly reflect the potential of this space – light, floor to ceiling glazing – and the people on the campus and wider Innovation District. It’s a bright space, for bright people with bright ideas.”
Renn said the Bright Building would also be one of Europe’s most technology-enabled: “It features best of breed, interoperable technologies such as hyper-location services that give a real-time overview of building use and environmental sensors.
“A ‘digital ceiling’ will provide a next generation lighting solution bringing together lighting, building automation and sensor technologies to make the building smarter, lower cost, and will significantly change the way companies interact with their customers and employees.”
A key feature of the Bright Building is also the significant space dedicated to collaboration and social activities to support an even more connected community on campus and with the wider Innovation District. It also features a fitness studio, cafe-bar and event space with capacity for up to 200 people.
“We want this new building to be the heart of Manchester Science Park. Our goal is to create inspiring and open places where people can come together, share ideas, develop commercial applications for ground-breaking R&D and grow successful businesses.”
The Bright Building, which has been part-funded by the North West Evergreen Fund (backed by the European Regional Development Fund), and Greater Manchester Combined Authority, is located within the Corridor Manchester Enterprise Zone, which provides significant financial benefits for businesses looking to locate here.
Qualifying businesses moving to the Bright Building before March 31 2021 may be eligible for a total of £275k in business rates relief over a period of five years, through the Corridor Manchester Enterprise Zone.
Manchester Science Park is home to a thriving and diverse community of more than 160 high growth science and technology businesses, ranging from start-ups to global corporates.