Milton Keynes Gallery is planning a programme of major expansion over the next few years, which is planned to transform it into a community arts hub, double its exhibition space and attract visitors from across the country.
The £10 million scheme includes three new cinemas for screening independent films, education and community facilities, a bar, a café and a bookshop. The new extension will be located behind the existing gallery, adjacent to Marlborough Gate. Arts Council England is funding £2.9 million of the cost of the scheme.
This expansion will add greatly to the range of cultural offerings in CMK, and the Town Council commends MK Gallery for its commitment to providing new facilities for the community. Aside from some minor concerns about the design of the building, we strongly support this project overall and believe this is an example of the kind of projects CMK needs to become a regional centre of culture.
A planning application for the expansion has been submitted to Milton Keynes Council. It will be determined at a meeting of their planning committee on Thursday, 5 March at 6pm in the Civic Offices.