Plans for new innovation hub revealed in major redevelopment project of Saxon Court in Milton Keynes

    Further details on the MK Gateway development have been announced, and they include a brand new innovation hub called 'The Shed'.

    The 2.35 acre site, known as MK Gateway, will see the construction of a mixed-use development with 288 apartments, shops, cafes, and more in a brand new tower block.

    Plans for MK Gateway will see the redevelopment of the Saxon Court building in Central Milton Keynes, transforming it into a 'future-focussed' knowledge hub.

    The plans include two brand new buildings named The Shed and The Village.

    Read more: Look at new £180m redevelopment project of Saxon Court in Milton Keynes

    The Shed has been specifically designed as a space for creatives, offering hi-tech equipment and accessible rents.  Planners aim to attract entrepreneurs and innovators from fields as diverse as fashion and food, drink and digital.

    Original plans saw The Shed as a smaller residential block, with most properties being within 'The Village' - the taller block. However, planners now state that following public consultation, the plans have now been altered. 

    Steve Eccles, Project Director, Socius, said: “During the planning stage we made it our mission to work closely, and listen to, local organisations and communities, and there are a large number of businesses looking for a space like this. 

    "The result is plans for a building that is well-designed but straightforward to help offer versatile workshop space that is efficient, yet minimalist, to keep rents low.”

    “We believe that if we start bringing these creative businesses into Central Milton Keynes the value add will be huge,” Steve concludes. “The Shed may become the jewel in the crown of MK Gateway.”

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    Deputy Leader of MK Council, Cllr Robin Bradburn, comments: “The plans are an exciting new addition to Central Milton Keynes providing start-ups with a creative space. Our city is brimming with aspirational entrepreneurs and spaces like these give them the opportunities to reach their full potential.”

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