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Apr 09, 2021

How technology will help visitors to the Gateway play their part in its Net Zero Carbon objective.

Since our plans for the Gateway at PEAK were announced, back in July 2020, creating a hub for sustainable tourism to the Peak District has been core to its vision. The project is built on collaborative alliances and the latest...

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Mar 18, 2021

Milligan Spain team seeking next project after completion of Zubairte, Bilbao

The Milligan Spain team is now actively searching for its next project, after completing a five-year period of asset management, at Zubiarte in Bilbao. This was preceded by a €8 million refurbishment, concluding in 2018, which transformed Zubiarte itself and...

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Mar 04, 2021

University of Derby students wow Gateway at PEAK development team

Students at the University of Derby have impressed our development team with their architectural visions for the UK’s first fully-serviced national park gateway. The Gateway at PEAK will be part of the 300-acre PEAK Resort, consented on the eastern boundary...

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Feb 25, 2021

Plans for The Gateway at PEAK gather momentum as more partners are announced.

Milligan has appointed further specialist partners to collaborate on the Gateway at PEAK, the UK’s first national park gateway, consented on the eastern boundary of the Peak District. Architects Stanton Williams, technology specialists RDS Global, operations consultant DN Consultancy and...

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Jan 28, 2021

Milligan’s Head of Residential writes for Savills’ publication

James Lidgate, Milligan's Head of Residential recently contributed to Re:Imagining retail, a set of reports and white papers published by Savills. 'The Death of Single Sector Assets' can be read here: Click here James writes about how effective collaboration lies...

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Dec 16, 2020

DOWNLOAD THE REPORT NOW: The Deregulation of Life and Real Estate

Access the report here 2020 has been a year of uncertainty and hardship as each of us has navigated our own personal unknown within a world responding reactively to the pandemic.  We've had to accept continuous changes restricting our social...

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Dec 04, 2020

Maximising social value in town centre regeneration

Milligan are forever navigating our way through these testing times, embracing the challenges of this new virtual environment.  Paul Hanegraaf, our Creative Navigator, recently took part in the latest in a series of podcasts sponsored by Barton Willmore.  Recorded remotely,...

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Oct 18, 2020

Milligan appoints new Development Manager, Emma Powell

Milligan has officially appointed Development Manager, Emma Powell to join the team as of 19th October. Emma joins Milligan from U&I where she was part of the regeneration team working on projects such as Faraday Works in Greenwich, Circus Street...

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Oct 15, 2020

Neighbouring attraction to the Gateway at PEAK announces new name and explorer Robert Swan as its brand ambassador.

Milligan is delighted to welcome the Summit at PEAK to the adjoining site at the Gateway at PEAK Resort. The indoor activity centre has also announced Robert Swan, the explorer and environmentalist as its brand ambassador and works are already...

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Sep 28, 2020

Watch our new film: Inspiring places with heart

Today we launched our new film: Inspiring places with heart. Here's a word from the CEO... "The purpose of our towns and cities was evolving before the pandemic and Milligan was responding to these changes. This year’s events however have...

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Sep 14, 2020

In conversation with Alan Fogarty, Partner at Cundall: The vision for sustainable tourism at the Gateway at PEAK.

As part of the Gateway at PEAK development team, we’ve appointed Cundall, sustainability engineers, to work alongside our Head of Development. We speak to partner Alan Fogarty about why this is such a standout project. “One of the Gateway’s sustainable...

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Aug 28, 2020

In conversation with Brendan Moffett, Director of the Centre for Contemporary Hospitality and Tourism at the University of Derby: Our partnership with the Gateway at PEAK.

We recently announced that we would be partnering with the University of Derby, amongst other strategic partners, on our Gateway project in the Peak District. We talk to Brendan Moffett, where he explains more about how the project will deliver...

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Aug 18, 2020

In conversation with Melanie Taylor: Our vision for the Gateway at PEAK

Last month we announced a joint venture with Birchall Properties and a partnership with the Peak District National Park Authority, The University of Derby and Chesterfield Borough Council, to create a national park gateway to the Peak District. Milligan is...

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Aug 04, 2020

Milligan in the news

Last week we announced our latest development, the Gateway at Peak. The Gateway at Peak will be the country's first national park gateway, to its first national park, The Peak District. Working with a number of regional stakeholders and Birchall...

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Jul 23, 2020

Milligan announces joint venture to develop Peak District National Park gateway

Milligan has today announced it is forming a joint venture to develop the UK’s first fully serviced national park gateway as part of the 300-acre PEAK Resort development, consented on the eastern boundary of the Peak District National Park. The...

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Jun 28, 2020

Milligan is appointed for town centre regeneration in Ashford

Ashford Borough Council has appointed Milligan as developer to deliver the ambitious Vicarage Lane town centre redevelopment project. The new team also includes MICA (architect) and AECOM (project manager). The scheme, which includes the former Mecca bingo hall in the...

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Jun 25, 2020

In conversation with Hanegraaf and Lea: Getting on with what’s next

Paul Hanegraaf, Milligan's Creative Navigator and Malcolm Lea, Head of Development discuss how the industry is evolving and how the 'talk' needs to shift. Reporting, stories and speculation on the new normal have been overwhelming. What is your take on...

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Jun 17, 2020

Stuart Harris cites ‘people, planet and profitability’ as the key to developing sustainable mixed-use assets

Milligan’s COO, Stuart Harris joined the Built Environment Network for a live webinar a few weeks ago to discuss mixed-use developments, some of the expected impacts of Covid-19 on their future development and the Milligan approach. Having worked on and...

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How technology will help visitors to the Gateway play their part in its Net Zero Carbon objective.

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Since our plans for the Gateway at PEAK were announced, back in July 2020, creating a hub for sustainable tourism to the Peak District has been core to its vision. The project is built on collaborative alliances and the latest partner to lend its specialism is IT and Technology specialist, RDS Global. Together with RDS and its Black Box system, Milligan will have the tools and expertise to monitor, record and act upon multiple-real time datapoints across the Gateway benefitting its sustainable goals and enriching visitor experience.

As a visitor, imagine pre-booking your parking, restaurant reservations, equipment hire or bike rental and onward travel into the park, then being personally greeted on arrival and directed through your itinerary all via your own mobile device and screens powered by the Gateway’s digital infrastructure.

As part of the operations or visitor management team, imagine monitoring visitor movement in real-time, sharing that information with site occupiers so that they can offer timely and relevant information to visitors, throughout their visit. A single customer view will tell us who visits, how often, what they’ve done, their preferences and will be able to make smart predictions about what they might like to do in the future and the best way to communicate with them.

Milligan has a passion for embracing new technology and has pioneered the use of real-time, smart tech software to enhance the customer experience and improve the sustainability and efficiency of buildings.

In recent years, we delivered a multi-retailer, consumer loyalty app at the Mailbox (one of the largest mixed-use destinations in the UK) and deployed smart technologies at London City Airport.

But for the Gateway at PEAK there is a critical goal for technology, over and above providing a personalised and enriched customer experience. Technology and the site’s underlying platforms will help it operate in a more sustainable and environmentally friendly way on a macro level and for individual visitors.

The patented Black Box technology will assimilate multiple data points and provide analytics for both site operations and visitors alike. Someone who has prebooked their itinerary will be able to arrive at the Gateway and with ANPR gain frictionless entry to site. Their personal app, can monitor miles driven or biked around the Peaks and every touchpoint they provide permissions for, thus rewarding those visitors who make a carbon neutral visit.

Here’s an example of what the Black Box technology could mean for visitors to the Gateway:

 

Pre-arrival

  • The lead booker for a family of four pre-books parking, cycle hire a Peaks Guided Excursion and a restaurant reservation for lunch on the day of their arrival, via the Gateway website.
  • She downloads the Gateway app, in return, the Gateway purchases carbon credits on her behalf to go towards offsetting the family’s carbon footprint for their holiday.
  • A few days before they are due to depart the app notifies her to check the sizes of the bikes and helmets required. She’s also informed about a new experience opening at the Gateway which is offering 25% off after 3pm.

 

During visit

  • Upon arrival, ANPR recognises the family’s car. They enter the site and are directed, via their app to their pre-booked parking space. Their app is pinged to let them know their table at the restaurant is ready.
  • After lunch they collect their bikes and equipment. The app unlocks the bikes from the stand for a seamless collection.
  • Every mile they drive, or cycle is tracked by the app and the family take part in a competitive game with other visitors to the Gateway, tracking carbon used and seeing where it can be offset.

 

Post-visit

  • The family are rewarded with loyalty points relating to the carbon impact of their visit to the Peaks, which they can use to get discounts from the Gateway’s retailers or a future visit.
  • The family stay engaged with events taking place at the Gateway and plan a visit for October half term.

 

Read more about the Gateway at PEAK here.

Milligan Spain team seeking next project after completion of Zubairte, Bilbao

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The Milligan Spain team is now actively searching for its next project, after completing a five-year period of asset management, at Zubiarte in Bilbao. This was preceded by a €8 million refurbishment, concluding in 2018, which transformed Zubiarte itself and saw some exciting stores and restaurants openings, such as the IKEA concept store. During our involvement Zubiarte has helped several organisations, a standout initiative was the support we gave to the Walk on Project. We are very proud to report that despite Covid-19 the centre maintained full occupancy and before restrictions was reporting a +40% uplift in footfall and had tripled its net operating profit.

Also we are very pleased to say that Zubiarte now is important to the fabric of the city of Bilbao as a destination.

We’re immensely proud to have had such an impact on a destination so important to the city of Bilbao and its community. We wish its owners ASG the best of luck with this fantastic asset and Bilbao icon.

University of Derby students wow Gateway at PEAK development team

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It’s wonderful to have input and inspiration from the next generation of designers, planners and architects, after all, it is that generation we’re building this inspiring place for.

Paul Hanegraaf, Creative Navigator

Students at the University of Derby have impressed our development team with their architectural visions for the UK’s first fully-serviced national park gateway.

The Gateway at PEAK will be part of the 300-acre PEAK Resort, consented on the eastern boundary of the Peak District. As part of our partnership with the University of Derby, undergraduate and Masters level students have responded to a live brief and were challenged to assume the role of architect on the project.

The students were asked to consider local communities, wildlife preservation, sustainable design with a Net Zero Carbon objective, and respectfully incorporate the Peak District’s natural beauty into their designs.

The students worked in teams to envision scheme designs and complementary uses such as F&B, retail and exhibits, delivering unique concepts that offered a broad spectrum of options for the developers to consider.

After all the proposals were submitted, the Milligan development shortlisted four finalists who were awarded a share of £1,000.

Dr Boris Ceranic, Course Director for Masters Programmes and Centre of Excellence Leader at the University of Derby, said: “I was impressed by the quality of the work and particularly pleased by the way undergraduate and Masters students have worked together as a team to deliver such complex and demanding design charrette briefs.

The designs were inspiring, with highly sustainable and distinctive visions of unique visitor experiences, resolved through proposals that blurred the boundaries between the open and enclosed, solid and transparent, static and fluid, natural and built environment.”

Lecturer, Graham Markwell comments, “This live project has allowed us to work with industry partners to deliver a high-quality experiential learning initiative. The students have produced innovative solutions to the brief provided and have greatly benefitted from interacting with professional clients and real-world projects.”

Gary Dawson, second year student on the BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Venue Design talks about the project and the valuable experience it provided; “We really enjoyed working on the project, being able to apply our creative skills to a public space of the future was fantastic and gave a real sense of how we will apply the skills we are learning in future careers. Having the opportunity to push ourselves and see what we can accomplish, in the limited time we had, helped us all begin to realise what we are capable of achieving and what our futures might be like.”

For Milligan the project was a great way of not only accessing some fresh thinking for the development but also a way of inspiring the next generation of creative talent within the industry.

Paul Hanegraaf, Creative Director at Milligan notes “I was blown away by the quality and thought put into each submission – especially as the students had little under a week to prepare.

We have been developing the plans for the Gateway at PEAK for some time and will soon be announcing the architect we have appointed before revealing their plans later in the year.

It’s wonderful to have input and inspiration from the next generation of designers, planners and architects, after all, it is that generation we’re building this inspiring place for.”

Rupert Carr, Director of Birchall Properties adds “I was delighted with the quality and the quantity of the work produced by the students in such a short period of time. It was nothing less than remarkable and I was genuinely uplifted by the thinking and consideration behind the concepts the students shared.

Of particularly note for me was the way all teams expressed real enthusiasm for and belief in the potential for a better built environment one with an underlying philosophy to deliver social and environmental benefits as well as great commercial opportunities”.

The Gateway at PEAK is part of PEAK Resort, where works for the all-weather, all-year, all-ages Summit at PEAK, are already underway, planning for opening in Spring 2021. PEAK Resort also has planning permission for up to 2,000 hotel rooms and 250 lodges as well as a whole range of leisure, education and entertainment facilities, attracting investment and creating employment opportunities.

Images shown are credited to The University of Derby and do not represent the final scheme.

To read more about the Gateway at PEAK click here.

Plans for The Gateway at PEAK gather momentum as more partners are announced.

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We’re confident that having Stanton Williams, RDS Global, David Norris and Gillespies around the table, we’ll be pushing boundaries and delivering ground-breaking and creative ideas that surprise and delight visitors.

Melanie Taylor, director of leasing and commerce

Milligan has appointed further specialist partners to collaborate on the Gateway at PEAK, the UK’s first national park gateway, consented on the eastern boundary of the Peak District.

Architects Stanton Williams, technology specialists RDS Global, operations consultant DN Consultancy and landscape architects Gillespies, have all been appointed by the Milligan development team.

In July 2020, we formed a unique working group of local stakeholders on the development of Gateway at Peak, part of PEAK Resort. Since then, the vision for a sustainable hub, welcoming visitors to the Peaks, providing food and accommodation, retail opportunities and environmentally friendly options for onward travel into the park, has been taking shape. The latest partner appointments are an exciting milestone in the progress of the development.

Milligan has a long history of collaboration with Stanton Williams, an award-winning practice well positioned to realise the sustainable and Net Zero Carbon objectives of the Gateway thanks to experience on similar projects and its own Carbon Neutral Zero Plus accreditation.

RDS Global will work alongside our team to plan and manage the project’s IT platform, deploying its new technology – BlackBox. The RDS BlackBox can consolidate multiple datapoints and communication forms which will power real time, actionable data to enrich customer experience and track energy metrics to support the development’s sustainable goals.

David Norris of DN Consultancy will orchestrate the management and operational strategies and prescribe the environmental, social and governance factors across the Gateway at PEAK.

Also appointed to the team, is award-winning landscape architecture practice, Gillespies who have been leading landscape and public realm design for over 50 years. Utilising strong design principles and an understanding of the natural landscape and environmental context, Gillespies will work with us to deliver transformative planning and design, unlocking the potential of the Gateway at PEAK, to create an inspirational space with a clear-cut purpose, to make people’s lives measurably better.

Melanie Taylor, director of leasing and commerce at Milligan said: “Our work on the Gateway at PEAK has reached a new phase. Landowner Birchall Properties and the regional stakeholders have entrusted us to find and manage specialist partners who are going to bring expertise and value to this unique project. The Gateway is going to be an exciting destination for all types of visitors, each looking for something different from their visit to the Peaks.

“We’re confident that having Stanton Williams, RDS Global, David Norris and Gillespies around the table, we’ll be pushing boundaries and delivering ground-breaking and creative ideas that surprise and delight those visitors. The project will also support the local community through jobs and collaboration and preserve the natural beauty of the park with considerate construction, rewilding and education.”

The Gateway at PEAK is part of the 300-acre PEAK Resort, where the development of an all-weather, all-year, all-ages Summit at PEAK, is already underway, with an opening planned in Autumn 2021. PEAK Resort also has planning permission for up to 2,000 hotel rooms and 250 lodges as well as a whole range of leisure, education and entertainment facilities, attracting investment and creating employment opportunities.

Read more about the Gateway at PEAK here.

Milligan’s Head of Residential writes for Savills’ publication

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James Lidgate, Milligan’s Head of Residential recently contributed to Re:Imagining retail, a set of reports and white papers published by Savills.

‘The Death of Single Sector Assets’ can be read here:

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James writes about how effective collaboration lies at the heart of repurposing large buildings and major destinations as this will deliver ‘resilient mixed-use assets’.

To read more about James and his role at Milligan, please visit the Team page.

DOWNLOAD THE REPORT NOW: The Deregulation of Life and Real Estate

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Access the report here

2020 has been a year of uncertainty and hardship as each of us has navigated our own personal unknown within a world responding reactively to the pandemic.  We’ve had to accept continuous changes restricting our social connection and sense of freedom. We’ve adapted our working and personal lives to follow new safety guidelines, restrictions and constraints.  It’s been natural to focus on the difficulties and limitations of this new ‘normal’.

But also, for many, these new ways of living and working have prompted discussion and exploration of new wider possibilities, and conversations at Milligan have turned to looking forward to consider how we use this experience, with a realisation we can do things differently, devise innovative strategies, discover longer-term transformations that might continuously evolve, encouraging new thinking, innovation and a change of purpose.

How should we as developers and strategic asset managers be adapting as we make critical decisions on our projects that will help to shape the future of the communities in which we work. What do these changes mean for those high streets and shopping centres that are failing today and how best do we redevelop and repurpose them.

At Milligan we have always had a fascination with social trends and a passion for listening to and understanding our customers. It’s why we’ve teamed up with our friends at Trajectory to help us navigate the path beyond the current uncertainties. We’ve worked closely with them for over twenty years during which time they helped us define and evolve our Creative Trade concept utilising our insights from owning and operating Camden Lock Market. Trajectory’s ability to identify and track trends is a powerful and important tool in helping us ensure our future developments are both relevant and successful for years to come.

Trajectory don’t claim to have all the answers, but they can point with confidence to the direction of travel, highlighting significant social trends that will shape the nature of our towns and cities. The current pandemic has reminded us that the world’s great challenges such as climate change, a fairer society or defeating a virus can only be solved by working in collaboration. It is with this in mind and by playing our own small part in shaping the future of our towns and cities that we share the findings of this report. Our hope is that the observations and understanding of this report will help us all consider how we better meet the needs of the society we serve.

John Milligan, CEO Milligan

Click the following link to take you to the report:

The Deregulation of Life and Real Estate – Report Dec 2020

Maximising social value in town centre regeneration

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Milligan are forever navigating our way through these testing times, embracing the challenges of this new virtual environment.  Paul Hanegraaf, our Creative Navigator, recently took part in the latest in a series of podcasts sponsored by Barton Willmore.  Recorded remotely, this variety of relaxed discussions with friends from across the development industry investigates the prophesy of social value in development and challenges which methods are most effective through a lively and engaging conversation.  The podcast is live on Spotify now. #Letsfindaway

https://open.spotify.com/episode/7srxBA6PxYxTBbs3UxI3YY?si=vHoP0VHrTKqDe34SgIpBfQ

Milligan appoints new Development Manager, Emma Powell

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Milligan has officially appointed Development Manager, Emma Powell to join the team as of 19th October. Emma joins Milligan from U&I where she was part of the regeneration team working on projects such as Faraday Works in Greenwich, Circus Street in Brighton and Cambridge North Fringe East, Cambridge. Prior to U&I, Emma completed her MRICS qualification at Knight Frank where she specialised in the residential sector.

Milligan COO, Stuart Harris said: “We’re thrilled to welcome Emma onboard as she brings with her a diverse set of skills which complement many of the projects we’ve taken on at Milligan over the past 12 months. With such a challenging year for so many, we’re very pleased to be able to be recruiting and strengthening our development team, specifically for work we’re taking on in the residential sector.”

Emma Powell added: “I’m joining Milligan at an exciting time. Whilst 2020 has had its challenges, the team at Milligan are really focussed on the opportunities, thinking differently and staying agile – it looks like I’m going to hit the ground running!”

Neighbouring attraction to the Gateway at PEAK announces new name and explorer Robert Swan as its brand ambassador.

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Milligan is delighted to welcome the Summit at PEAK to the adjoining site at the Gateway at PEAK Resort. The indoor activity centre has also announced Robert Swan, the explorer and environmentalist as its brand ambassador and works are already underway. The centre will offer visitors caving experiences, ziplining and climbing walls, complimenting the Gateway’s service and tourism offer as part of the PEAK Resort masterplan.

Robert Swan is recognised internationally as one of the world’s greatest adventurers – he is the first person in history to walk to both the North and South poles.

Robert’s appointment brings a deeper authenticity to the Summit and PEAK Resort in general, broadening the market appeal of the traditional adventure centre to families and schools as well as provide training spaces for fellow adventurers and the services. During Robert’s expeditions, he witnessed the impact of environmental change on the planet. These experiences were the catalyst for Robert to inspire others – leading eye-opening Antarctic expeditions for business leaders and politicians from around the world and educating and engaging young people.

“The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it” Robert Swan OBE 2012

Through his ambassadorship of the Summit at PEAK Robert seeks to empower and enable people from all walks of life to participate in sustainability through their leisure activities and adventures.

Watch our new film: Inspiring places with heart

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Today we launched our new film: Inspiring places with heart.

Here’s a word from the CEO…

“The purpose of our towns and cities was evolving before the pandemic and Milligan was responding to these changes. This year’s events however have been more of a revolution, certainly much more than anyone could have foreseen and we like others have been taking time to consider our response. There is now an urgent need for some fresh thinking and leadership in the repurposing of failing shopping centres and high streets. At Milligan, we see these massive challenges as remarkable opportunities and we are determined to play our part in transforming places so that they better meet the needs of people to live well and prosper.

So to that end, I am pleased to share with you our new video that gives an insight into our experience and ambition.”

John Milligan, CEO – September 2020

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