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Intu unveils development plans for intu Milton Keynes

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Plans to remodel and transform parts of intu Milton Keynes have been unveiled. Proposals from intu for the 430,000 sq ft. shopping centre will, according to the company, see one of the most significant retail and leisure developments Central Milton Keynes has seen in over a decade.

Work focuses on remodelling the centrally connected, Midsummer Boulevard area, giving customers plenty of reasons to visit more often and stay for longer. A new dining quarter, over two levels, will deliver a choice of places to eat in a relaxed and comfortable environment. A five-screen boutique cinema will provide an alternative cinema experience with lux seating and a “high quality food offer”.

External green public spaces will offer a platform for community events and entertainment as well as a relaxing area for lunchtime workers and families, retaining intu Milton Keynes’ position at the heart of the community.

Martin Breeden, regional director of intu, said: “The mission here is twofold: to create prime, well configured retail and catering space and also high quality public spaces. intu Milton Keynes is the busiest part of the city centre with the strongest retail mix and now we are looking forward to making the most of the Boulevard area.”

intu Milton Keynes, which has a 16m annual footfall, is anchored by Debenhams with a range of leading names including Apple, Hollister, H&M, Hugo Boss, Superdry and Zara. The centre has a 1.6m catchment; 72% of customers are ABC1, and the centre’s ACORN profile highlights its affluent shoppers.

The proposed work at intu Milton Keynes is part of a £1.3bn development pipeline in the UK over the next 10 years by intu, which owns and manages prime regional shopping centres in the UK including the Trafford centre. Last month, intu revealed proposals for the redevelopment of Nottingham’s intu Broadmarsh and construction work is well advanced on the restaurant and leisure extension at intu Potteries in Stoke-on-Trent, due to open in autumn 2015.

Published on Monday 16 March by Veebs Sabharwal

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