Mix Inspired – Manchester

View photos from the event here

Following the success of our inaugural event in Glasgow a week earlier, we took over the cool Foundation Café in Manchester’s hip Northern Quarter, and were delighted that the city’s design community came along to be informed, entertained and, of course, inspired.

“The landscape’s changing. We couldn’t be better placed from an office market point of view – this is one of the best periods the North West’s been in for years.”
John Ogden, CBRE

As the publisher that brings you Mixology in June and Mixology North in December, a whole host of roundtables and mini-mix events across the country, we decided it was appropriate to introduce a series of cerebral events – Mix Inspired. The seminar series aims, like most things we do, to be a little different. We take a look at the whole interior design food chain, seeking views from developers, end users, property agents and of course designers.

Mix Inspired Manchester included brilliant speaker John Ogden, Managing Director of CBRE North West, who started things off with an insightful overview of Manchester’s commercial office market. John further reflected on the potential shortage of new grade A office space and the obvious advantages of the refurbishment of some of the city’s great historical buildings such as Manchester Royal Exchange and the Hanover (Co-operative Bank) – perfect opportunities for the design community. John further commented: ‘Manchester is the best regional city for business outside of London.
This is the largest and fastest growing economy outside of London. Manchester has already gone past 1 million sq ft in office uptake this year.’

“Is the reason we don’t include a biophilic approach in our design process down to its cost and our fear of suggesting it for fear of rejection?”
Andy O’Sullivan, Greenroom Design

Oliver Heath, designer, architect, TV personality and biophilic superstar then shared his thoughts on biophilic design, before answering questions from our Editor Mick Jordan and the enthralled audience. Oliver focused on helping our A&D audience with the perennial issue of convincing the client to spend more on great design – design that he was able to prove would help the wellbeing of the staff. 

“Research demonstrates that contact with nature has massive benefits to our health and wellbeing. Any way we can incorporate nature into our lives – whether that be going to the park or in our offices – will be beneficial to us.”
Oliver Heath, Heath Design


Finally, Oliver was joined by NoChintz Director Leanne Wookey, John Hughes, Managing Director of ASK Developments, with our Director David Smalley asking the questions. John was able to update the audience on Embankment Greengate – the three million sq ft mixed development, which we believe will not only transform the area but undoubtedly lead to further development on that side of Manchester. We are grateful to our panellists for their time and expertise and to the design community for confirming that there is a benefit in Mix creating these events. Thanks also go to Connection, Interface and Johnson Tiles, who share our vision of creating great events. Needless to say there will be a Mix Inspired coming to a town near you in 2016.