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MIPIM arrives in Cannes

The Titanic Quarter in Belfast, Northern Ireland, is just one of the many projects due to be presented at MIPIM this week. © D.R.Annual real estate trade show, MIPIM, began today in Cannes with the most influential international property players entering the Palais for the first of four days of networking, presentations and events. French Minister for Economy Emmanuel Macron inaugurated the fair, which will continue until Friday 18th March.

Now in its 27th year, MIPM is the leading real estate event for property professionals and this year’s figures are more impressive than ever: 21,400 participants, 351 stands, 89 countries and 2,445 exhibiting companies on 19,000sqm in the Palais des Festivals, itself located on a prime piece of real estate epitomising the French Riviera, the Croisette.

New for this year is the first-ever global real estate & urban management start-up competition, putting the spotlight on the most promising solutions for the future of our cities.

Complementing that is the main theme for the conference programme, 'Housing the World', with various events considering topics such as 'How to build a liveable future while maintaining growth targets?' and 'Tomorrow’s Building: tall, clean, mixed, smart?'. 

Another first is a networking cocktail for influential women in the industry on the 15th, in addition to the regular open meetings (healthcare, housing, logistics, hospitality and future talent) and topical lunches and breakfasts, all of which provide fuel for one of MIPIM’s prime attractions: networking.

Networking is also what drives the regional focus, with 39 countries taking stands to showcase trends and major projects in their cities, both to attract investors but also offering opportunities for delegates. 

As every year, a highlight will be the MIPM Awards on the 17th which give global recognition for the most outstanding projects completed or yet to be built around the world in a range of categories. 

The event is organised by Reed Midem and every year MIPIM brings together the most influential contributors of all property sectors (office, residential, retail, health, sport, logistic and industrial). It gives access to real development projects and sources of capital from all over the world. It is also an ideal platform for presentations and has great opportunities for developers and investors. With over 21,000 participants, MIPIM is a perfect place for establishing contacts with potential business partners.

There will be more than 100 conferences taking place over the four days that will gather expert advice regarding the core areas and major real estate trends. Networking is also what drives the regional focus, with 39 countries taking stands to showcase trends and major projects in their cities, both to attract investors but also offering opportunities for delegates.

This year the British stand has some new exhibitors such as the well-known Arcadis group and also Benoy, a firm of architects, master planners, interior architects and graphic designers with a studio based in London. 

As every year, a highlight will be the MIPIM Awards on the 17th which give global recognition for the most outstanding projects completed or yet to be built around the world in a range of categories. There are 230 projects from 42 countries being presented. Among the nominees there are: Crossrail Place from London from the Best Urban Regeneration Project category, Queen Elizabeth University Hospital & Royal Hospital for Children from the Best Healthcare Development category. Another nominee is 'hoUSe' a new residential concept from the Manchester property development firm, Urban Splash, which gives clients an architect designed home that they can change to suit their personal tastes from the Best Futura Project category.