Sticking with the theme of how the pandemic is affecting #superstarcities these are the newcomers https://www.axios.com/newsletters/axios-am-8b9979bf-431f-49bc-a4d0-bffaba39a13a.html?chunk=0&utm_term=emshare#story0

It’s right to be questioned. Housing is part of the solution but needs to be incorporated into a well thought out masterplan that reflects the needs and wants of a particular place - High street revolt over bid to turn city centres into homes from home

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/high-street-revolt-over-bid-to-turn-city-centres-into-homes-from-home-3shl952r3

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Milligan News

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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Jun 04, 2020
Zubiarte reopening

Zubiarte, Bilbao reopens with encouraging footfall and consumer confidence

Spain has tracked about two weeks ahead of the UK when it comes to the Coronavirus and its impact on retail and real estate is no exception. Back in April we reported on the early impact of the widescale closures,...

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May 15, 2020

Milligan joins forces with former L&G Homes CEO

Milligan has today announced that it is joining forces with James Lidgate, the former CEO of Legal and General Homes. James, through his consultancy business Wraxhall, will work with Milligan helping to deliver its strategic business development plans. In his...

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May 08, 2020

Pandemic Transformations: Photo Competition

Milligan has today launched a photo competition asking budding photographers in its network to get creative and submit images from their corner of lockdown, visually narrating where trade, commerce and the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well. Covid-19 has changed...

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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

Oct 18, 2020
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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.

Oct 15, 2020
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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

Sep 28, 2020
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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

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

Sep 14, 2020
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The Gateway will focus on delivering something that is genuinely sustainable at its heart – a building that truly performs.

Alan Fogarty, Partner at Cundall

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 goals will be to operate with complete transparency on a number of pre-defined, industry standard metrics, sharing these with stakeholders and visitors.  Any offsetting of energy will be minimised and if unavoidable will be done on site or locally.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to create an ultra-sustainable building at a time when the industry is crying out for practical examples of what Net Zero Carbon Buildings should look like, and we are very excited to be a part of it.

“Working with Milligan has already been a unique experience. We’ve been brought into the Gateway at PEAK project at a critical stage, helping to shape the ‘statement of needs’ and project aspirations. Normally, we respond to a brief, arriving once it’s been written, we don’t help write it! But by participating in the briefing process in this way, we are ensuring to properly factor in each element of sustainability, allowing for the time and resources needed, rather than just paying lip service to it retrospectively.

“The challenge when working on a purely commercial building is that the real focus is always flexibility, the focus of a school, for example is functionality. The Gateway will focus on delivering something that is genuinely sustainable at its heart – a building that truly performs. And genuine performance is not just about compliance and building regulations. The Gateway’s natural location in the Peak District means we can welcome all the biophilic opportunities and integrate them into the visitor experience.

“At this stage of the project we’re not only thinking about energy consumption and transportation, but embrace energy, water conservation and health and well-being too. We’re also considering how the building might need to adapt to climate change and perhaps warmer summers in the future and how it creates real social value for the community it serves and the people that work there.

“Crucially, performance is all about setting transparent targets that are visible to everyone who is connected with the Gateway at PEAK. This is something Cundall is very experienced in doing and where we can add a lot of value on a long-term basis.

“It’s also important to us that sustainability addresses the local need. Where it makes sense, we will be utilising local supply chains, buying into the local economy and helping local businesses. We’ll also be getting our contractors to think about apprenticeships for long term career opportunities for young people rather than just work-experience.

“This project will be one of the first Net Zero Carbon Buildings in the UK, as defined by the UK Green Building Council, and its green credentials will include low-emission building materials and sustainable design principles in order to maximise carbon reduction. It will also promote health and well-being activities like walking, cycling and alternative modes of transport that will have a positive impact on local air quality and make it a shining example of sustainable development.”

To learn more about the project please visit www.thegatewayatpeak.com or contact Melanie@milliganltd.com

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.

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Research will help us to understand the seismic shifts we are seeing in consumer values, behaviours, and expectations when it comes to sustainability and responsible tourism. Great service, unique experiences and personalisation are now core to these expectations…

Brendan Moffett, The University of Derby

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 a wide range of research, innovation and applied learning opportunities.

“As the Hospitality and Tourism sectors go through a period of post Covid-19 reinvention, there will be a need to embrace new business models with sustainability and technological innovation embedded. The University is positioning itself to be future focussed and at the forefront of innovation and problem solving to help the sector to recover and build resilience for the future.

“The University of Derby already has a strong reputation in the delivery of hospitality and tourism education and from this September our new intake of students will be housed within the business school to enable us to support the industry and develop the next generation of leaders.

“Partnering with Milligan and Birchall Properties on the Gateway at PEAK presents a once in a generation opportunity to create an exemplar of sustainable tourism at a time when consumers and visitors are becoming more aware of the impact of their actions.

“We’ve seen an upsurge in staycations and domestic tourism from a wide demographic and we need to develop best practice models for how this will be managed to protect the natural environment. The University is keen to support a Sustainable Tourism Development approach where the Peak District and Derbyshire can retain the economic and social advantages of tourism whilst reducing or mitigating any negative impacts on the natural, cultural or social environment.

“We believe this project is at the heart of national policy on Tourism. In 2019 the Government announced a Tourism Sector Deal with the aspiration to improve connectivity, accommodation and grow off-peak visits through the creation of ‘tourism action zones,’ so we believe this project is the perfect test bed for such a strategy.

“For our students, this will be a live project, adding value to their courses and the project itself will have access to the latest thinking and research via the University’s research specialisms in ‘business improvement’ and ‘sustainable development’.

“Research will help us to understand the seismic shifts we are seeing in consumer values, behaviours, and expectations when it comes to sustainability and responsible tourism. Great service, unique experiences and personalisation are now core to these expectations, but add to that the new challenges for increased hygiene and safety, and it is clear we need to operate very differently and evolve current operating models.

“Tomorrow’s visitor will increasingly make decisions about where and how they travel and what they buy and consume based on the environmental and community impact, leading to a preference for locally sourced products and authentic experiences. The Gateway at PEAK project is a hugely exciting opportunity to completely re-imagine what such an offer should look like and will be at the heart of a world class visitor economy for the region.”

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

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This is not about a retail mall or even shop fronts, it’s about an immersive experience for the customer, punctuated by likeminded brands adding value to the customer journey and enhancing their trip into this most beloved national park.

Melanie Taylor, Head of Retail and Relations

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 now actively engaged in discussions with a variety of brands and businesses, conducting research to ascertain appetite and willingness to participate, stakeholder and customer mapping and assessing sustainability matters as we begin to shape what the Gateway at PEAK will be.

Melanie Taylor, Head of Retail and Relations, explains where we are at.

What is the vision for the Gateway at PEAK?

We want to create a ‘green hub’ for like-minded brands, service providers, experiences and learning, amenities and the base camp for exploration of the UK’s first national park. Our vision is for the Gateway to become a world-class exemplar of a sustainable tourism project. We see the Gateway as providing the perfect opportunity for learning about nature and climate change as well as enjoying the National Park. We also respect and acknowledge the local contribution so throughout the project will treat the residents of the park as partners, valuing the importance of community.

What’s the next development milestone?

The next big milestone is developing the statement of needs for the building itself, how it will operate and perform, at which point we’ll be in a position to brief a wider team, including contractors and architects.

Who are you looking to talk to during this exploratory phase?

As you can imagine, a project like this, with such local significance and national status has many stakeholders and is attracting interest from all disciplines – from local to national brands to environmental campaigning groups. We need to consult as many as possible along the way, but to get things up and running we clearly need to drive the commercial agenda, so we’re talking to operators in the F&B sector, outdoor clothing and apparel brands, motor and electric vehicles, hotels and local retail and artisan products. We’re also exploring the landscape for commercial partnerships with technology companies, telecom, energy and those with ambitious goals for sustainability.

What has the interest been like so far?

I’ve been amazed at how many brands and companies buy into and understand the vision and are looking at the opportunity to do something really unique. This is not about a retail mall or even shop fronts, it’s about an immersive experience for the customer, punctuated by likeminded brands adding value to the customer journey and enhancing their trip into this most beloved national park. Everyone I have spoken to so far is thinking that way. We’re doing this at a time when (pandemics aside) the importance of our environment is not only growing, but critical to our future. A sustainable project, designed to protect a significant area of the UK’s environment in mind, is a project everyone can get on board with!

Will there be anything unique or ground-breaking about the Gateway at PEAK?

We shall see. But the vision is that this will be one of the first examples of a Net Carbon Zero building in the UK. I’m excited about what this project means for sustainability, customer experience and the future of retail.

To find out more about the Gateway at PEAK or to get involved, visit www.thegatewayatpeak.com or contact melanie@milliganltd.com

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