First phases of Enterprise City revealed
Following significant progress, Allied London recently unveiled their updated vision for Enterprise City at a phase one launch event hosted in The Bonded Warehouse in June 2018. Michael Ingall, chief executive outlined that four key operations in Enterprise City will open in 2018 including: The ABC Buildings, The Bonded Warehouse, All Studios, and The Department – a new workspace concept based in The Bonded Warehouse that will be home to Manchester’s tech hub. Enterprise City is a cluster for modern industry, which is made up of the tech, media and creative sectors.
Addressing the audience, Michael said: “Enterprise City will provide infrastructure for disruption; connecting modern industries within a new cluster of creativity, opportunity and innovation. On completion, Enterprise City will create 10,000 jobs in Manchester, promoting diversity in industry and ensuring the city can attract and retain the talent it needs to develop even further.”
He continued: “Clusters don’t just pop up anywhere, they develop where an environment enables activity to thrive. Enterprise City isn’t being built for one occupier’s requirements, it is driven by the intention to create a wide and diverse series of spaces and facilities that will support modern industries and companies of all sizes, from SME’s through to large-scale growing and expanding businesses. Enterprise City is the right concept, in the right city, at the right time and will enhance Manchester’s deep cultural and creative heritage.”
A series of panel debates followed Michael’s speech, allowing guests to hear from the brands and the operators who will shape the modern industries of media, creative and tech. Panel speakers from leading blue-chip companies, start-ups and creative industries predicted some of the future trends for these industries, highlighted the importance of collaboration and community and outlined how these industries will impact the city and its growth.
Michael closed the event by highlighting: “Manchester’s international future is dependent on developing vital infrastructure and a diversity of spaces. Add to this the important and strongly anticipated Factory at the heart of the plans, and St. John’s is going to be one of those places that will become globally renowned.”
Beverages were provided by local makers, Ubrew and Zymogorium gin and guests feasted on culinary delights from Beastro. Low Four TV – a recording studio, a venue, a record label and a television station all rolled into one – presented a live performance by band Dutch Uncles, showcasing their passion for investing in new music.