thecentre:mk has nearly 200 shops under one roof! No wonder Milton Keynes is famous for it's shopping. There are also a number of specialist foods and goods stalls which offer an extra bit of variety.
Each year about 25 million people visit the shopping centre, some even travel the entire length of the country. The centre has carried out £25 million of refurbishment including new seating, toilets, planting schemes and a creche, allowing parents to get on with their shopping while the children are kept amused with all manner of activities and play equipment.
The new MK Gallery, designed by 6a architects, in close collaboration with artists Gareth Jones and Nils Norman, will open on 16 March 2019.
The new MK Gallery seeks to capture the original spirit of Milton Keynes, reflecting the natural world in its polished stainless-steel exterior surfaces inspired by the city’s original grid and the geometries of the adjacent Campbell Park. It will provide spaces for major exhibitions both contemporary and historical, films, music, performance, family events, workshops, and social spaces, a place that puts a clear emphasis on community engagement, and democratic access to the best of the arts.
The public spaces surrounding the expanded MK Gallery form part of City Club, a wide-ranging project by Gareth Jones and Nils Norman animating the top end of Midsummer Boulevard, and infiltrating into the new building with alternative models of contemporary art.
MK Gallery originally opened its doors in 1999, nearly 30 years after the radical creation of Milton Keynes itself as Britain’s largest New Town. Sited prominently at the apex of Midsummer Boulevard in central Milton Keynes, the new MK Gallery is a dramatic extension of the old building, which is subtly updated and incorporated into the new one.
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