Designs unveiled for new Milton Keynes University

The new university quarter will be located in the heart of Milton Keynes Credit: ITV Anglia

Plans for the design of Milton Keynes new university have gone on display today. An exhibition is showing the final five contenders for the proposed quarter that will open its doors in 2023.

The £188 million project, known as MK:U aims to offer ‘innovative and flexible education’ with a focus on technology and digital skills. The team behind the facility believe it could be a major boost to the city and beyond.

Designs have been unveiled as part of an international design competition Credit: ITV Anglia

Professor Lynette Ryals, MK:U’s Chief Executive said the university will be "creating the graduates that businesses say they desperately need and addressing the national and international skills shortages in fast-growing new technologies and industries."

The professor went on to say it will be something that "Milton Keynes should be really proud of; it’s a hugely ambitious and forward-thinking plan."

Judges have asked local residents to get involved by offering feedback on the designs before a decision is made in August. Have your say here

The exhibition tells the story of how Milton Keynes could develop over the next 30 years Credit: ITV Anglia

"The competition has produced five thought-provoking pieces of design for our jury to review, and it’s now our task to pick the right team to work with."

Milton Keynes Council Leader Pete Marland
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