Milligan Projects

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The Gateway at PEAK, Peak District National Park

Creating an exemplar for sustainable tourism in the UK

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Vicarage Lane, Ashford

Delivering an ambitious regeneration for the town centre and its communities

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Golden Square, Warrington

A collaborative approach to developing long-term investment potential and growth

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The Mailbox, Birmingham

Repurposing retail to office space within one of the UK’s largest mixed-use developments

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The Gateway at PEAK, Peak District National Park

Jul 21, 2020

Role: Developer
Partners: Birchall Properties, Peak District National Park Authority, Chesterfield Borough Council, University of Derby, Cundall.
Planned uses: National Park Gateway; Retail; F&B; Park & Ride; Outdoor and Activity Centre

Milligan has formed a joint venture to develop the UK’s first National Park Gateway.

The Gateway at PEAK is set to become and exemplar for sustainable tourism. We have appointed Cundall as key advisors on sustainability to the project. The Gateway at PEAK will be part of PEAK Resort, which has planning permission for 2,000 hotel rooms and 250 lodges as well as a whole range of leisure, education and entertainment facilities. Phase One of construction, the all-weather, all-year, all-ages The Summit at PEAK is already underway and will open in Autumn 2021.

Gateway graphic

One of the key aims of the Gateway at PEAK is to manage visitors and access to the Park safely and in an environmentally friendly way, offering park and ride facilities, reducing traffic and congestion.

The partnership led by Milligan is currently undertaking a major marketing and research phase discussing the opportunity with companies both large and small, local and national that might be interested in participating. They will be looking to create partnerships with brands that align with the Gateway’s values and vision, to integrate products, experiences and expertise into the delivery of a world-class visitor experience.

Recently, further partners have been appointed to work on the Gateway at PEAK. Stanton Williams, DN Consultancy, RDS Global and Gillespies, are working with Milligan alongside the strategic partners to define this once in a lifetime project.

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Contact Melanie Taylor for more info

Vicarage Lane, Ashford

Jun 28, 2020

Role: Developer/Development Manager
Client: Ashford Borough Council
Architect: MICA
Project Manager: AECOM
Planned uses: residential; F&B, cultural and performance space; co-working; retail

Ashford Borough Council has appointed Milligan to deliver its ambitious town centre regeneration at Vicarage Lane.

The scheme, which includes the former Mecca bingo hall in the Lower High Street, is a proposed mixed-use development, aiming to deliver quality homes, cultural and performance space, food and drink outlets and workspace to complement the market town’s history and heritage. The council’s proposals include the part demolition of the rear of the former bingo hall to reveal an uninterrupted view to the iconic Grade I listed St Mary’s Church, while retaining the high street frontage of the building to create a multi-use indoor event space.

Ashford Borough Council took occupation of the former Mecca bingo hall in September 2018. The building, which had previously housed an Odeon cinema, occupies a prominent position in the town centre and includes an adjacent car park off Vicarage Lane. A public consultation helped shape the vision for the site and led to emerging proposals, which included:

  • the part demolition of the main bingo hall to reveal the view to the iconic Grade I Listed St Mary’s Church,
  • retention of the Lower High Street frontage with the creation of a multi-use indoor event space seating 120 people,
  • the creation of a pleasant pedestrian route through the site and a new public square and event space,
  • around 60 new homes and residential parking,
  • employment uses with associated car parking,
  • opportunities for shops, restaurants and cafes.


Golden Square, Warrington

Jun 22, 2020

Role: Strategic Development Advisor
Client/Partner: La Salle
Status: Operating asset
Uses: 135 stores including shops, cafes, restaurants, and leisure 

Milligan has been appointed by LaSalle as strategic development advisor at Golden Square in Warrington.

Our role at Golden Square, Warrington is to work with LaSalle and develop plans to repurpose parts of the scheme to optimise its long term value. This will include devising the right amount, mix and type of retail and leisure as well as identifying opportunities to create value by bringing in any other complementary uses appropriate to the scheme.

We are working closely with both LaSalle and Warrington Council to understand the local consumer, their needs and future demand for a range of uses. In doing so, we will be able to define the most sustainable mix and the right occupiers which will deliver long term-investment potential and growth.  


Oct 09, 2019


CreativeTrade is an omni-channel commercial business catering to independent makers and emerging brands in the UK.

CT Online is a bootstrap startup, an individual SEIS/EIS advance assured business comprised of 4 pillars (maker membership, events, online transactional and a learning platform). CT Online will also be the asset manager of all CT Destinations.

CT Destinations provide the new maker with serviced studios, apprentices, business support, marketing and retailing opportunity – they are successful independent retailers wishing to grow as well as a collection of startup brands. The brands teach and the consumer learns. CreativeTrade gives the consumer access to this talent with fresh opportunities to gain experiences. Consumers engage with independent brands and makers who pique their passions. With multiple UK destinations and an online membership platform CreativeTrade fosters authenticity and awareness of provenance, offering the emerging marketplace of connoisseurs the unique experiences they crave. In doing this, CreativeTrade helps build and support the country’s newest brands and gives them a special home in 10 centres across the UK.

The Mailbox, Birmingham

Oct 15, 2019

Role: Developer/Development Manager
Partner: M7 Real Estate (previously Brockton Capital)
Uses: Retail; F&B; hotels; offices; residential; car parking
Status: Fully operating asset
Key occupiers: BBC, Harvey Nichols, Everyman Cinema, Malmaison & Q Park

In December 2019, Brockton Capital and Milligan sold the Mailbox to M7 Real Estate.


Milligan has been retained as Development Manager to oversee the transformation of one level of retail into offices. Vacant Possession was achieved within 12 months to allow for the conversion of 50,000 sq. ft to offices. The space is currently under offer to a national co-working provider.


The Mailbox is one of the largest mixed-use developments in the UK comprising hotels, offices, shops, cafes, restaurants, cinema, apartments, and car parking.

Milligan designed and implemented the transformation of the Mailbox in 2016 which saw a complete reinvention of the retail environment creating a haven for luxury shopping in Birmingham and becoming a real anchor for the whole scheme.

The redevelopment saw Harvey Nichols relocate to the centre of the Mailbox and open a remarkable new 45,000sq ft concept store, in addition to attracting a premium leisure offer including luxury operator, Everyman Cinemas, hotels and independent bars and restaurants. Centred around the iconic Urban Room, other retailers include Paul Smith, BOSS, Tommy Hilfiger, and Armani.