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City Conversation - Healthy Cities and the Built Environment

For more than a century, public health pioneers and urban reformers have recognised that how we design our cities can play a crucial role in supporting healthy, active lifestyles and combating serious epidemics and their related cost. 

As the methods and principles of leading urban 're-thinkers' such as Jan Gehl continue to influence the placemaking agenda, and smart data gives us more insight into the impact of the built environment on quality of life than ever before, CityCo and guests examine how the 'liveability' debate between developers and cities continues to evolve.

Join CityCo on Wednesday 14 September 2016, from 8am - 10am at the National Football Museum as they welcome an exceptional panel of speakers, who believe in creating cities for people through progressive urban planning, smart technology and practitioner-led public health initiatives. They will explore the link between quality urban design and wellbeing in cities.

The panel includes:

Riccardo Marini: Director, Gehl Architects

Riccardo is an architect and chartered town planner with a deep knowledge of developing people-centred solutions. He is certain that the path to health, happiness, wealth and wellbeing is one that puts people, their culture and art central to our planning process.

Professor Tom Jeffries: Head of Manchester School of Architecture, MMU

Head of the Manchester School of Architecture, Tom is a qualified architect and consultant urban designer. He is principal investigator for parts of City Verve, the smart city, 'Internet of things' demonstrator project, led by Manchester City Council and Cisco.

Dr William Bird: CEO, Intelligent Health

William is a practising GP and believes that getting communities physically active not only improves health and wellbeing, it also saves public money and improves our environment. Intelligent Health achieves positive change through delivering long term, public health initiatives, across the UK.

Toby Sproll, Head of Retail and Leisure, Bruntwood

Bruntwood has a portfolio of more than 110 buildings across the UK. Toby believes that successful places are created by mixing, architecture, design, environment and most importantly, people. Placemaking is a key part of Bruntwood’s business model and is embodied in the creation of new neighbourhoods across the regions it operates.

The conversation will be chaired by journalist Tony Naylor. Tony writes for The Guardian, Arena and Esquire covering culture, sport, politics and business with a particular focus on the North. 

For full speaker biographies please click here.


8am - Registration and breakfast
8.30am - Welcome by Tony Naylor
8.40am - Panel discussion
9.45am - Q&A
10am - Event close

Please RSVP:

To register, click here by Monday 12 September to reserve your space.

Please note that due to the nature of these events CityCo Member places are guaranteed. Non-Members will be welcomed be on first-come-first-served basis.

When registering for more than one place please remember to enter each guest with a unique email address. 

For enquiries, email Athena at