Manchester

Southern Powerhouse set to leave the north in its wakeNow that's what you call a powerhouse

Southern Powerhouse set to leave the north in its wake

As research suggests the Northern Powerhouse is anything but, what has the north got to do to close the gap with the thriving south east, asks Dougal Paver. This blog doesn’t do gloom – and it ill-behoves me to start the week with anything but visions of sunlit uplands, much less share caution.  So you will forgive me the premise […]

Only land scarcity and a rising market will improve the Liverpool skylineThrough the fog of commentary rise some great - and some average - buildings

Only land scarcity and a rising market will improve the Liverpool skyline

As tower cranes once again punctuate the Liverpool skyline like a gloriously misshapen comb some are worrying that the standard of new buildings isn’t what the city deserves.  But they forget that the biggest determinant of design quality is the market price for whatever is being constructed. “Buy land,” said the wise old Irish farmer, “they’re not making any more of […]

Palais de Festivals Cannes"How much to buy all of Manchester?"

MIPIM: it’s all about the symbolism

If you were in the business of producing eggs and the annual Eggfest – the global coming together of the world’s egg buyers and sellers and their respective supply chains – was in, say, Sydney, then you’d be pretty daft not to haul your backside off to Oz to sell your wares. Imagine, then, that you’re a politician tasked with […]