A New Era for Saxon Court: £180m Plans for New Gateway to Milton Keynes Submitted

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Mixed-use developer First Base and investors Patron Capital have received planning consent for the £180 million redevelopment of the iconic former council building, Saxon Court.

Milton Keynes Council have approved plans for a new space to live, work, and socialise, within the equivalent size of 19 tennis courts worth of publicly accessible space, at the gateway to Central Milton Keynes. 

The development will see the retention, refurbishment, and extension of the original Saxon Court building, which will save over 3,750 tonnes of Co2.  

The 2.35 acre site, which will be known as MK Gateway, will create over 2,000 new jobs, deliver over £300m in social value over the next 20 years, and provide opportunities for independent food, drink, and retail outlets, including workshop space for local SMEs.  

MK Gateway will also see the development of two new buildings; the Shed, a space for local businesses to make and create, and the Village, which, alongside 288 apartments, will incorporate a UK first - 11 vertical gardens, totalling 4,500 square feet, for residents to share and enjoy.  

The development is set to be the first in Central Milton Keynes to comply with MK Council’s affordable housing policy, with 31% of homes available for a discounted market rent.  

MK Gateway will support the council’s aspirations for a greener, healthier Milton Keynes. This includes a focus on sustainable mobility, which will see the integration of all-electric energy solutions within the development, infrastructure to support electric bikes and charging points for electric vehicles and, as the site links directly onto the Redways, a dedicated independent Cycle Hub will be created. 

First Base and Patron Capital acquired Saxon Court in October 2020 and have developed the plans following comprehensive consultation with local residents, businesses, community representatives and stakeholders. Over 6,000 responses were received over the consultation process.  

Nicholas Mann, Chair, MKBLP, commented: “The redevelopment of Saxon Court is set to play a pivotal role in realising the long-term growth and sustainable ambitions of Milton Keynes. As a collective, MKBLP has been impressed with the engagement and extensive consultation process conducted by First Base to fully understand the needs of both local residents and the businesses community.