Local artists and market traders reveal new shutter designs

MK Gallery and community-focused design studio RESOLVE Collective selected local artists to develop designs for several stall shutters at Milton Keynes Open Market. The artists have been working with traders to creatively interpret the stories, knowledge and global connections of those within the market to create original designs which celebrate the value of the market for the community.

Teresa Lane, Interim Special Projects Director at Milton Keynes Development Partnership said: “MKDP funded this initiative as part of our investment in the market, which, so far, has included painting and improvement of the lighting underneath Secklow Gate. This exciting project aims to improve the appearance and visibility of the market with some shutters undergoing colourful and creative transformations.”

Roisin Callaghan, Producer, Public Programmes (Community & Partners) at MK Gallery said:

‘This project is particularly special because it is deeply rooted in the local community. The open market has been here since the birth of Milton Keynes. The artists are all have strong links to Milton Keynes and were selected based not only on their creative talents, but also on a written submission of a memory of the market and what it means to them.

“Everyone involved has been so positive and collaborative and soon we will all be able to enjoy the new shutter designs which will, over time, be another layer in the cultural heritage of this incredible market place.”

Park Square – new city centre apartments development

The city centre site where Galliford Try is constructing four blocks featuring over 300 apartments for Habitus Group has been named Park Square.

Interesting facts about this development include:

  • The piles will total 11,581 metres
  • The buildings steel frame will weigh 2,000 tonnes
  • It will use 687,000 bricks, which if placed end to end would almost stretch from Milton Keynes to Brighton
  • It will comprise 12,000m² of windows, which would cover more than one and a half football pitches

Our Property Development Director Matthew Green recently attended a ground breaking event with Milton Keynes Mayor Councillor Mohammed Khan, Galliford Try’s Regional Director Jon Marston, Tim Barry from Habitus and client representative Charles Fish from DLC Europe.