The MK:U International Design Competition is seeking an integrated multidisciplinary team to design the new university. At the first stage, 53 teams comprising 257 individual firms applied. The shortlisting panel met in March 2019 and selected five teams. These teams were asked to prepare a masterplan for the 10-hectare site and concept designs for 61,120sqm of built area, including key buildings. These designs are now on display at Middleton Hall in Milton Keynes until 7 July.
The international jury, chaired by Professor Sir Peter Gregson FREng, Chief Executive and Vice-Chancellor of Cranfield University and chair of the MK Futures 2050 Commission, will meet in July 2019 to interview the shortlist and select a winner.
The original Milton Keynes Masterplan was likened to a net thrown across the English countryside, a layer of woven connections that mediates with the landscape. We have taken this metaphor, the campus as a network of connections embedded within a landscape, to inform a masterplan designed around a series of gardens, courts and vistas.
Our design brings people together in a series of flexible and deliverable, mixed-use buildings organised around a central spine. This generous landscaped promenade, on which every building has an address will become the beating heart of the campus – a place where memories are created and life-long friendships made.
Take a look at the five submissions here, and cast your vote before the 8 July!