Project Five - Renaissance: CMK

  • Within the city centre, there are parcels of vacant land and some underused buildings that could be developed (or redeveloped) to help to create the vitality and excitement that could be expected of a growing city.  Renaissance:CMK represents a programme of projects that aims to create an even stronger and more successful city centre that is fit for the challenges of the mid-21st century.  Through investment in new employment, residential, retail and leisure opportunities, drawing on the benefits that could be created by a new city centre university, and (re)developing vacant or underused buildings and land, Renaissance:CMK will help to create a prosperous city centre and capitalise on our position on the Cambridge-MK-Oxford corridor.

     

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    This project therefore aims to attract investment in new employment, residential, retail and leisure opportunities, drawing on the benefits that could be created by a new city centre university and the different ways people will move around in the future.  A set of key principles, based on drivers for change, emergent thinking and potential directions are currently being produced as an initial phase of the project.  These Renaissance:CMK principles will describe the key outcomes required from future development proposals for CMK and will act as a guide for investors and developers about what MKC and its stakeholders expect from the Renaissance of CMK.  It is expected that the principles will be collated into a Prospectus for CMK which will serve as a marketing tool and provide clarity about the types and form of development needed and the opportunities that exist. The MK:U project will be an important catalyst for this work, which demonstrates the great potential that the city centre has to be an exciting place to live, work, study and visit.

    To help develop the principles and the prospectus, a Stakeholder Workshop will be held in December 2017, with the Prospectus being finalised in early 2018.


    Some early projects will help to deliver Renaissance:CMK’s, including the redesign of the Midsummer Boulevard East area south of The Centre:MK and the development of a “Gateway to MK” in the Station Square area.  Other projects include the proposed Hotel LaTour development, the development of additional private rented sector housing at the Wyevale site (D4.4) and the Stirling development at blocklet B3.3N.

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