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Jul 13, 2021

James Lidgate shares insights at the Built Environment Networking Housing & BTR conference

James Lidgate, Milligan’s Head of Residential spoke recently as part of the Housing and Built to Rent conference hosted by Built Environment Networking. Alongside other panellists, James placed importance on ‘the art of collaboration’ which is needed to create enduring,...

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Jul 07, 2021

Getting town centres and high streets back on track: Stuart Harris joins expert panel with strategic advice for local authorities

Stuart Harris recently presented alongside a panel of real estate experts to Solace (Society of Local Authority Chief Execs). Some of the country's most senior civic placemakers joined the session, which was led by Inner Circle Consulting, to listen to...

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Jul 06, 2021

Milligan supports mental health causes through The Sophie Clarke Foundation

This year, Milligan is supporting The Sophie Clarke Foundation, a charitable foundation close to our hearts and dedicated to mental wellbeing and supporting suicide prevention. Recognising the mental health benefits of painting and drawing, The Foundation has launched the “Love...

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Jul 08, 2021

Milligan strengthens asset repurposing expertise with another senior appointment

We are pleased to announce the appointment of ex-McArthurGlen property and retail operations expert David Norris, as Head of Asset Management and Operations. David brings to Milligan years of experience in opening and managing assets across Europe and North America,...

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May 05, 2021

Milligan makes key appointments to bring sector specialists in house.

We have today announced the appointments of David Rothwell as Development Director, and John Naylor as Head of Sustainability. This follows the appointment of Emma Powell who joined from U&I as Development Manager, late last year. These appointments reflect our...

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May 04, 2021

Milligan’s road to sustainability

Thinking sustainably has always been the central tacit and lifeblood of Milligan. From our earliest days revitalising the pumping heart of Manchester at the Triangle, restoring to glory Liverpool's old Post Office to become the Metquarter Shopping Centre, repositioning the...

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May 04, 2021

John Milligan joins Demos research round table for ‘Everyday Places’

Cross-party think tank Demos recently recruited John Milligan as part of a round table to explore the early implications of its new research. The Demos 'place' project surveyed twenty thousand people to explore the gap between people's individual everyday needs...

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Apr 15, 2021

Paul Hanegraaf shares insights for local authorities in Design Surrey masterclass

Milligan's Creative Navigator, Paul Hanegraaf recently took centre stage (screen) during a members masterclass on Town Centre Renewal and Intensification. Hosts Design Surrey invited Paul to speak about the Milligan approach to designing town centres and reviving economic activity. In...

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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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James Lidgate shares insights at the Built Environment Networking Housing & BTR conference

Jul 13, 2021
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James Lidgate, Milligan’s Head of Residential spoke recently as part of the Housing and Built to Rent conference hosted by Built Environment Networking. Alongside other panellists, James placed importance on ‘the art of collaboration’ which is needed to create enduring, mixed-use places. “The arms race to maximise floor space in single-use assets is over” said James, “We are now creating places of experience, not just places where people transact – and they are not easy to deliver. That’s why we need collaboration and bravery to make difficult decisions and compromise with customer experience being the end goal.”

James also talked about the home as the new, ultimate mixed-use space as demands rise for the space, function and form to satisfy work, leisure and entertainment needs.

Getting town centres and high streets back on track: Stuart Harris joins expert panel with strategic advice for local authorities

Jul 07, 2021
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Stuart Harris recently presented alongside a panel of real estate experts to Solace (Society of Local Authority Chief Execs). Some of the country’s most senior civic placemakers joined the session, which was led by Inner Circle Consulting, to listen to case studies and insights about how to get their town centres and high streets back on track after Covid-19 and the critical structural changes that were underway before the pandemic.

Acknowledging that local authorities are now operating in a ‘once in a generation’ post-pandemic landscape, Stuart shared examples of new uses for excess retail space and emphasised the importance of public and private sector collaboration to enable the recovery.

Stuart also highlighted the importance of vision and masterplanning and catalysts such as markets, which have in his experience, led the way to fundamental change.

Inner Circle Consulting summarised the session in a report available via LinkedIn stating that; “Real estate touches almost every civic function in some way. Crucially important to all Councils, it offers unique opportunities to realise the value from social returns on investment, over and above financial returns, that commercial operators cannot access.”

Inner Circle Consulting report

Milligan supports mental health causes through The Sophie Clarke Foundation

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This year, Milligan is supporting The Sophie Clarke Foundation, a charitable foundation close to our hearts and dedicated to mental wellbeing and supporting suicide prevention.

Recognising the mental health benefits of painting and drawing, The Foundation has launched the “Love Life” Art Challenge – open to artists of all abilities, including beginners. The top 100 entries will be exhibited at 22 Bishopsgate in November and auctioned to raise valuable funds for Papyrus and Sound Minds.

We have a few creative types among the ranks who will be picking up their paintbrushes and dusting down their drawing pencils, so why not join them? Entry packs include free tutorials – both live, in person and pre-recorded, which have surprised those taking part with just how much they can achieve.

Sign up for the challenge 

Visit the website for more info

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Milligan strengthens asset repurposing expertise with another senior appointment

Jul 08, 2021
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We are pleased to announce the appointment of ex-McArthurGlen property and retail operations expert David Norris, as Head of Asset Management and Operations.

David brings to Milligan years of experience in opening and managing assets across Europe and North America, ensuring business continuity, with a people-first and collaborative mentality, which is crucial for developments in a post-covid world.

Working with colleagues at McArthurGlen, David created an award-winning Environmental strategy, with all centres achieving ISO14001, earning McArthurGlen a listing in The Sunday Times 60 Best Green Companies. As well as developing McArthurGlen’s Retail Academy, he managed end to end project cycles, including scheduling, budgeting, tendering, high level and detailed design, for dozens of successful projects throughout Europe and North America.

Stuart Harris, COO welcomed David to the team by saying “David’s skills and experience add so much value to the work we’re doing repurposing assets and redeveloping mixed-use places across major towns and cities. Milligan has a core expertise in retail and leisure so as we deploy our skills and experience into fixing shopping-centres and distressed assets, David’s knowhow couldn’t come at a better time.

“The careful planning of operations and the developing of process and strategies to maintain trade, access and support for communities throughout different developments is critical to many of our projects.

“Equally, David’s knowledge and experience in structuring predominantly turnover based deals and leases at outlet-centres and working closely with brand partners is key to our schemes where a wide variety of exciting uses and varying degrees of flexibility are required.”

On joining Milligan, David said “McArthurGlen is such a diverse and all-inclusive business, the world’s leading exponent of designer-outlet retailing in my humble opinion. It was during my time at McArthurGlen that I first met John Milligan and I knew then that Milligan was another progressive company, with shared values and a unique and diverse team of industry specialists, with whom I am very much looking forward to working with.”

David joins us in early July alongside recently announced new recruits in Development and Sustainability. To read more on those appointments

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Milligan makes key appointments to bring sector specialists in house.

May 05, 2021
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I am thrilled to be growing our team with these heavy-hitting appointments bringing specialist expertise right into the heart of our operation

Stuart Harris, COO

We have today announced the appointments of David Rothwell as Development Director, and John Naylor as Head of Sustainability. This follows the appointment of Emma Powell who joined from U&I as Development Manager, late last year. These appointments reflect our need for additional resource against the backdrop of a growing mixed-use project list, and the determination to put ESG at the heart of the business and work.

In recent months, Milligan has taken on several redevelopments with local authorities, and significant projects to repurpose existing assets which call for mixed-use and residential expertise. Developing the exemplar for sustainable tourism, the Gateway at PEAK, has also led to a greater need for people and planet-first thinking.

Stuart Harris COO said, “I am thrilled to be growing our team with these heavy-hitting appointments bringing specialist expertise right into the heart of our operation.

“To a varying degree, all our developments balance many different, complementary uses. The key to successful mixed-use assets or repurposing assets with excess retail is true collaboration between sector specialists. Milligan is well known for bringing together powerful partnerships. However now, we are building leading mixed-use expertise in one team which serves local authorities and investors seeking innovative ways to bring life and commerce back into towns and city centres, creating long-term viability.”

David Rothwell joins from Greystar and brings with him a wealth of expertise in the residential and mixed-use sectors. Prior to Greystar, David was Development Manager at Aspire Development Management, Kier Property Developments and CBRE. At Milligan, David will play a strategic role in driving our major projects forward.

John Naylor is a qualified environmental engineer and is no stranger to Milligan having worked on projects with the team in both the UK and Portugal. During his career John has acted for Investors, multi-national Institutions, Banks, Governments, Developers, the US Corps of Engineers and with Boris Johnson when he was Mayor of London. His professional interests include sustainable technologies, climate change and zero carbon management, future proofing, energy conservation, “smart” IT and utilities.

Both John and David will join the Milligan team in Early May.

Milligan’s road to sustainability

May 04, 2021
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Thinking sustainably has always been the central tacit and lifeblood of Milligan. From our earliest days revitalising the pumping heart of Manchester at the Triangle, restoring to glory Liverpool’s old Post Office to become the Metquarter Shopping Centre, repositioning the award winning Maremagnum portside shopping mall and to preserving cork trees at the Portuguese Barreiro Retail Park, Milligan’s unique approach to real estate development centres upon ethical planning, conservation and efficient, responsible delivery.

It’s no coincidence that better quality and environmental authenticity attracts higher value and the accolades of investors and end users.

Long before the global pandemic of Covid-19 disrupted the world, scientists had begun to detect the outset of global warming threatening to cause a catastrophic rise in temperature encapsulating our planet. Following international recognition, the first Climate Change COP (Conference of the Parties) was held in Berlin in March, 1995 soon followed by the acclaimed Kyoto Protocol to the UN convention at COP3 1997. Amongst other things this ground-breaking framework agreement sought to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to cap the ozone layer and limit the predicted rises in global warming. The concept of Carbon Credits was introduced along with recognition of the impact of human activities in deforestation, land use and marine environment.

In 2015, in Paris, world leaders committed to a historic agreement to tackle climate change. They agreed to hold the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2 ℃ above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the rise to 1.5 ℃.

Roll forward to another COP conference, number 26, this time to be hosted by the UK in Glasgow. It will remind the world that every country, organisation and person has a carbon footprint that, given sufficient commitment, can be measured and reduced in size. Progress on addressing climate change including the zero carbon goal has been made but we still consume far more than the planet’s finite resources can afford and now urgent action is needed. Extreme weather events, rising sea levels, floods and biodiversity loss are all evident and will only get worse without concerted and unified action.

The built environment and its infrastructure are responsible for around 40% of global emissions and so responsible real estate development is more important than ever before. In response, Milligan continues to lead the way on the path to net zero emissions with inherently sustainable, future-proofed, low energy schemes bringing benefits for the longer term to the environment, to societies and to communities.

Through thought-leadership and example, Milligan continues to demonstrate a research-led science based whole life approach to real estate re-purposing and development, actively mainstreaming and having long ago successfully adopted the fundamental tenets of Corporate Social Responsibility.

Milligan has acted instinctively in a socially responsible way since its inception. We have recognised the benefit of identifying more closely our achievements and ambitions in a transparent fashion through ESG monitoring, bringing together all of the aspects into one annual report to allow all stakeholders and interested parties to see our progress and commitment to creating a better world.

The coveted ESG distinction refers to the three central factors in measuring and monitoring the sustainability, societal and good governance impacts of decision making – the selection, engagement or investment in a company and its supply chain. In effect it drives the scope and importance of ethical sustainable property development management to a new level and pays due importance to relevant associated social issues and behaviour. Good governance is the binding force to monitor performance and credentials, compliance with environmental codes and standards and to uphold the moral authority of corporate responsibility. ESG is the gatekeeper.

This year Milligan will formalise its reporting processes and set out our roadmap in the areas of environmental, social and governance conduct. Our fundamental objectives remain the same – to put people, society and the planet at the core of what we do – recognising and quantifying the actions we can take to minimise our impact and promote solutions that are restorative in nature and will stand the test of time.

John Naylor, Head of Sustainability

John Milligan joins Demos research round table for ‘Everyday Places’

May 04, 2021
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Cross-party think tank Demos recently recruited John Milligan as part of a round table to explore the early implications of its new research. The Demos ‘place’ project surveyed twenty thousand people to explore the gap between people’s individual everyday needs for their area and how they rated their actual provision. The feedback received from the round table was incorporated into the overall report entitled Everyday Places.

It found that improving local shops was the most important regeneration priority – particularly in more built-up places.

John said; “Resources like the Demos research are more invaluable than ever as developers and local authorities try to reshape local areas and build amenities for the communities they serve. The starting point should always be research and asking them what they want.”

Legal & General sponsored the research.

Read the report here

Check out the results for where you live, or indeed for any constituency in Britain

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Paul Hanegraaf shares insights for local authorities in Design Surrey masterclass

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Milligan’s Creative Navigator, Paul Hanegraaf recently took centre stage (screen) during a members masterclass on Town Centre Renewal and Intensification. Hosts Design Surrey invited Paul to speak about the Milligan approach to designing town centres and reviving economic activity.

In order to create vibrant town centres for diverse communities, Paul talked about tapping into the wealth of new brands, businesses and independents that are changing the face of physical shopping.

The masterclass was attended by 10 different local authorities, who are now faced with the challenges of regeneration and repurposing against a backdrop of social, economic and environmental issues.

Paul loves to talk, so if you too fancy picking his brain, drop him a line

paul@milliganltd.com

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

Apr 09, 2021
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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.

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