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Plans for MK Gallery expansion take shape

Date Posted:02/04/2014

MK Gallery expansionThis month MK Gallery Project Space presents floor plans, elevations, sections, visualisations and models sharing current ideas for MK Gallery’s expansion by 6a architects.

The scheme involves adapting existing spaces as well as constructing new ones, making them energy and maintenance efficient, fully accessible and flexible. This world-class cultural facility will be launched in 2017 to coincide with Milton Keynes’ 50th anniversary.

The building will include:

  • New state-of-the-art exhibition spaces for more varied displays, including historical artworks
  • Three cinema screens (300 seats in total) for independent and art house films
  • Welcoming entrance with a new shop selling books and gifts
  • Bar and café area for refreshments and socialising
  • New dedicated education suite allowing the gallery’s extensive learning programme to meet demand
  • Improved disabled visitor facilities to enhance and support programmes and workshops

Visitors can meet members of the design team at a Special Viewing on Thursday 10th April from 6-9pm and gallery staff will be available throughout the exhibition to answer questions and receive feedback.

Jess Thompson, MK Gallery Expansion Client Project Manager said: “We are delighted to share our design team’s exciting ideas for the expanded gallery this month and we look forward to receiving people’s responses while the scheme is still in development.”

MK Gallery Expansion MK Gallery Project Space
4 – 27 April 2014
Special Viewing: 10 April / 6-9pm - All welcome

Complementing the Project Space exhibition, throughout April, MK Gallery’s family programme offers architecturally inspired activities. This includes the Tuesday Start the Art sessions (for under 4s) and Saturday Mini Makers (for over 5s). Members of 6a’s team will be joining Start the Art parents and toddlers session on 22 April to learn more about their needs and expectations of the expanded facility.

Project Space Exhibition Open: The exhibition can be accessed during advertised gallery opening hours. Admission free.
Recommended times to visit:
10 April 6-9pm - Special Viewing with DesignTeam. Tuesdays – Thursdays 12noon – 5pm and Saturday 26 April 12-6pm when the Client Project Manager will be available for questions and feedback.