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Milton Keynes residents invited to ‘Step into the future’ of Saxon Court

Developers First Base and their investor partners, Patron Capital are inviting members of the public to participate in a Virtual Public Exhibition to view emerging plans for the future of the iconic Saxon Court building.

This marks a significant step forward for consultation in Milton Keynes, as local residents have been invited to view a computer-generated exhibition during the planning process.

Set within a virtual Saxon Court atrium, the online gallery will incorporate 10 exhibition boards detailing and illustrating the redevelopment plans of the former council building.

First Base, with investors Patron Capital, acquired Saxon Court in October and are planning to deliver a beautifully designed and highly sustainable development, at this gateway location to Central Milton Keynes; delivering new jobs, homes and spaces to socialise. These mixed-use plans include flexible workspaces, local independent food, drink, leisure and retail. A new 27-storey and 4-storey buildings will provide space for 287 apartments for rent, including affordable homes in line with local policy.

“Our redevelopment plans are in alignment with Milton Keynes’ Strategy for 2050,” comments Steve Eccles, Project Director, First Base. “Our objective is to retain and enhance the identity of Saxon Court, while embracing everything that makes the city great into its new design, and it is vital that we continue to involve the people of Milton Keynes every step of the way.”

Leading the recovery, the development will create around 2,000 jobs, with £190 million invested to fuel the long-term evolution of Milton Keynes as a city of the future.

Emerging proposals are projected to generate £7.3m in local spend from residents and employees and £2.3m in Council Tax over five years. Within the next 20 years, the redevelopment of Saxon Court will also deliver over £280m in social value, providing long-term community benefits from local employment and training opportunities and improvements to local health, wellbeing and the environment.

While Saxon Court is set to be an iconic part of Milton Keynes’ future, First Base, in recognition of the significant role the building has played in the city’s history, has created a video, in partnership with MK Living Archive, showing people’s memories of Saxon Court through the years.

Throughout March, members of the public will also be invited to join Virtual Town Hall events, and developers are now hoping that people will join them on this journey and get involved with the consultation process.

The Virtual Public Exhibition is now live and can be viewed here:

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