How will you remember 2018?

Brock Carmichael has been a contributor to North West Business Insider’s ‘Talking Property’ section each month for over a year now. We are asked for our opinions every month on a range of topics. December’s new format sees, not one, but two opinions from the Partners on the topic of ‘How will you remember 2018?’:

Chris Bolland: 2018 The Year of Community

With two significant ‘firsts’, 2018 has the chance to be remembered as a pivotal year for Community. Firstly, our global village has shrunk further with the introduction of the first non-stop commercial passenger flight from London to Australia; linking communities on opposite sides of the globe with record breaking accessibility.

So it is ironic that our second first of 2018, fuelled by the publication of significant research commissioned by the Jo Cox Commission, is the appointment of Tracey Couch; the first Minister for Loneliness. This is a serious and widespread health issue facing all areas of our society, indeed Theresa May commented on the publication of the Government’s loneliness strategy “Loneliness is one of the greatest public health challenges of our time”.

We must recognise the contribution Architecture and the built environment can make to the resolution of this issue, and the vital role our buildings play in the creation and sustainability of Community, local and global. In 44 years of practice it is a responsibility Brock Carmichael shoulders very seriously.

Michael Cosser: 2018 The Year of Promised Regeneration

The fallout from Carillion’s demise was an unwelcome feature of 2018, especially the delay to the new Royal Liverpool Hospital. However its resolution has signalled the end of PFI procurement (confirmed in the Budget) and the government ‘taking back control’ of major public projects.

The on-going £1bn investment on the Manchester Airport Transformation Programme and the approval this year of plans in Liverpool for a new £50m permanent cruise liner terminal and funding for the new Isle of Man ferry terminal will all help to grow the future economy and jobs in the North West. The completion of the major upgrading at Liverpool Lime Street is a significant milestone but the vital need to improve road access to the Port of Liverpool is still to be resolved.

This year has been a good one for Brock Carmichael. The Great George Street project and other schemes that we are involved in at Princes Dock, Queens Dock and Central Docks are all moving ahead as well as many other developments. We have invested in our team and in new technology to deliver projects faster and more effectively.