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Sheffield City Region Delegation Taking Shape for MIPIM 2016

20. 01. 2016

Major European developer, Verdion, is the latest in an impressive array of sponsors backing the Sheffield City Region presence at MIPIM in March.

Verdion join forces with Nabarro, CTP, Harworth Estates, The University of Sheffield, Arup, HLM, Coda and Bond Bryan to show their support for the region as it showcases key development sites to thousands of global decision-makers in the property market.

MIPIM is an annual event that attracts 20,000 of the market’s most influential decision-makers, and is an unrivalled opportunity to securing business growth and jobs. Sheffield City Region exhibits at MIPIM to promote key assets and investment opportunities, and will be featuring the key strengths of innovation, urban renaissance and Northern specialisation.

Verdion is the developer behind iPort, the £500 million, 6 million sq ft logistics scheme in Rossington, Doncaster, which will include a 35 acre dedicated European gauge rail freight terminal. £31 million of primary infrastructure works have been completed, with iPort set to be one of the largest intermodal rail freight developments of its kind in the UK. Verdion is on site building an initial speculative phase of 320,000 sq ft which will be ready for occupation in May 2016.

Michael Hughes, CEO of Verdion, comments: “Doncaster is one of the UK’s strongest logistic locations with excellent motorway links and close proximity to the Humber Ports. The completion of FARRRS will bring iPort that much closer to Doncaster Sheffield Airport. The iPort rail freight facility will complete the intermodal picture.

We have been working in the Sheffield City Region for many years now and are absolutely committed to the area. The fantastic investment schemes now being brought forward mirror our strong confidence in the region and reflect the ever closer working relationship between the private and public sectors. Our joint presence at MIPIM is to raise awareness of this forward thinking region and its part in the Northern Powerhouse.”

The Sheffield City Region’s part in the Northern Powerhouse will be one of the key themes of Sheffield City Region’s events programme at MIPIM 2016.

2016 Key Themes: Innovation, Urban Renaissance and Northern Specialisation

Innovation: New Assets and Surprising Opportunities

This strand of the programme will shine the spotlight on partnerships with education bodies that are driving creative investment opportunities. Key developments include:

  • Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District
  • Olympic Legacy Park
  • National High Speed Rail College

Urban Renaissance: Affordable Opportunities to Generate Yield and Drive Rents

The dash for assets capable of generating attractive yields and rental growth is increasingly competitive. Sheffield City Region will showcase opportunities where investors can maximise returns in a market where there is still room for sustainable growth. Key Developments include:

  • Barnsley Town Centre
  • Sheffield City Centre (Retail Quarter, The Moor, Digital Campus)
  • Doncaster Town Centre

Northern Specialisation: Standing Out in the Powerhouse

There is growing focus on the Northern Powerhouse. Sheffield City Region’s focus on advanced manufacturing provides us with an opportunity to stand out in the North of England. Key projects include:

  • iPort
  • Aerocentre

Any organisations interested in joining the Sheffield City Region MIPIM delegation should contact Harriet Knowles of Counter Context (



MIPIM is the most important gathering of businesses, investors, public authorities, journalists and thought leaders from the global property market. It is the perfect opportunity for companies to promote projects and interact with business leaders and discuss market trends.


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