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Ashford Town Centre Reset

Bringing the town’s vision alive

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Swansea Central North

An exciting new lifestyle development in Swansea's vibrant waterfront heart

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Crowtree Leisure Centre, Sunderland

Defining a new chapter for a key location in the city

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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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St Mary’s Fields, 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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CreativeTrade

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

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Ashford Town Centre Reset

Dec 17, 2021

Client: Ashford Borough Council
Partners: Allies and Morrison, CACI, PRD and Gleeds
Status: Master planning
Planned uses: Retail; leisure; F&B; residential, workspace, culture, learning, public realm

Milligan have been appointed by Ashford Borough Council to lead on their exciting new Town Centre Reset project which forms part of the Ashford Recovery Plan. The aim is to help revitalise, enhance, and embrace the town centre by focussing on several key points and locations.

We have brought together the best consultants and specialist thinking team, to support Ashford Borough Council in delivering its objectives. The vision is to create a vibrant, connected, and improved town centre which serves all its communities, residents, workers and visitors. Allies and Morrison, CACI, PRD and Gleeds, will bring together specialist skills in architecture, urban design, place identity, data, insight and social value creation to help achieve this ambitious and exciting vision

Milligan will lead the team establishing an action plan with short and medium-term development and public realm improvements helping Ashford Borough Council achieve its ambitious vision, coined as the ‘reset’.

Ashford town centre finds itself at an important crossroad in its history. Its forward-thinking council has already defined several themes that are now shaping its places, destinations and the uses available in the town for its communities. It is important that Ashford is agile and flexible in its response to the declining role of retail, ensuring the future retail and leisure provision is relevant and bespoke to Ashford as well as embracing the changing needs of residents living, workspace, and learning requirements combined with a range of cultural venues and activities.

Using data and insight as well as the Milligan teams wealth of experience we will look at how Ashford can continue to nurture its boutique brands in a way that best fits its changing community’s needs, in a post-pandemic, post-online and post-consumerism and modern town-centre destination.

Swansea Central North

Oct 04, 2021

Role: Developer
Partners: Urban Splash
Planned uses: Retail, residential, CreativeTrade

Swansea Central North is an exciting joint venture with Urban Splash which will see us develop Swansea one of the council’s key sites in Swansea’s Regeneration Masterplan. The development is part of wider proposals for the city led by Urban Splash across six other sites, worth £750m which will transform the city centre and develop new homes and attractions along the coast and riverfront.

Milligan will lead the joint venture team in developing the regeneration strategy on the Swansea Central North site. The location, directly linked to the new Swansea Arena development is an important catalyst site in the city centre regeneration of Swansea.

This new 5.5 acre lifestyle development is positioned alongside the historic market, adjacent the Quadrant Shopping Centre and includes the former St David’s Shopping Centre. The development may include a new office hub, new apartments for residents and shared flexible workspaces. Milligan will also launch within the development its first CreativeTrade, which will become an exciting new makers community and retail experience for the people of Swansea.

Crowtree Leisure Centre, Sunderland

Dec 10, 2021

Role: Strategic partner/advisor
Client: Sunderland City Council
Architect: Faulkner Brown
Other partners: BNP; Gleeds
Planned uses: multi-purpose leisure uses

Milligan is proud to be working alongside Sunderland City Council on a  game-changing vision for the site of the former Crowtree Leisure Centre. Plans include a massive leisure investment anchored by a new 10,000-capacity, multi-purpose arena, that will bring hundreds of thousands of visitors to the city every year.

Crowtree Leisure Centre, in the heart of Sunderland city centre, once housed everything from a swimming pool and ice rink to indoor bowls. It even hosted an edition of the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow before being largely demolished in 2013.

Today, Milligan is working with the city council to explore a range of options for the site which will add to the attraction of the city centre appealing to a wide range of audiences, including families, young people, and students.

Options and ideas are in line with the Council’s 10 year investment programme for the city centre and riverside. They include plans to overhaul the station and the arrival experience for visitors along with plans to double the city centre population. Working closely with BNP, Faulkner Brown Architects, and Gleeds we are exploring the site’s potential to host different types of multi-purpose leisure spaces including cinema, live events, bowling, cafes and restaurants.

The scheme will create a much richer mix of attractions and activities in the city centre, with an emphasis on complementing and supporting the existing successful cultural attractions in the city. Designs will focus on making sure the new offer complements and connects with its surroundings and near neighbours. The site sits in close proximity to The Bridges Shopping Centre,  Crowtree Green, the Fire Station, and the new developments around Keel Square including The Culture House and new 120 bed Holiday Inn.

The project has already attracted over £20m in funding from Sunderland City Council and national Government and will move into advanced design stages if Sunderland’s Cabinet sign off the proposed budget for the scheme.

Other transformational projects are planned for the former Vaux Brewery site and Sheepfolds, marking a new phase in Sunderland’s city centre evolution, which council bosses say is about creating an experience-led destination.

 

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.

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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

St Mary’s Fields, Ashford

Jun 28, 2020

Role: Developer/Development Manager
Client: Ashford Borough Council
Architect: MICA
Planning: Turley
Planned uses: residential; cultural, public realm and green spaces

Working alongside Ashford Borough Council we are working to deliver plans for an ambitious town centre regeneration

As a major part of the ‘town centre reset’, St Marys Fields will help to rejuvenate Ashford Town centre. The development will enhance Ashford’s cultural offer, create new public spaces and gardens, provide improved links and connections, bring new residents and employment into the town centre, and attract fresh investment benefitting the whole community.

The proposals will provide over 200 new homes and a new cultural venue giving the town a lively central point, buzzing with charm and character, for its urban community.

The development will set a new design precedence for Ashford which is future-ready and sustainable. Bringing Ashford’s rich heritage to the fore, is also a driving principle behind creating flowing, connected spaces, opening up views of the grade 1 listed St Mary’s Church and enhancing the link to Ashford Baptist Church through improved pedestrian connections.

The former Odeon cinema building will be repurposed to provide the town with a modern cultural venue and its retro façade will be retained and refurbished. At their heart, these proposals mark an exciting new chapter for Ashford. They are designed to create a fresh and exciting place for all of Ashford’s residents to visit, work and play and safely enjoy with their families and friends.

The council is currently talking to key stakeholders, including cultural organisations and local businesses, and the people of Ashford will soon be able to have their say on the plans when they are taken to public consultation.

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.  

CreativeTrade

Oct 09, 2019

Community
Collaboration
Creativity
Commerce

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

CreativeTrade provides the new maker with serviced studios, apprentices, business support, marketing and retailing opportunities. CreativeTrade gives customers access to local and unique talents and crafted goods, and the opportunity to gain fresh experiences by engaging with independent brands and makers who pique their passions. CreativeTrade fosters authenticity, awareness of provenance and a more sustainable and ethical way to shop for new goods.

There is a now a commonplace interest in making and in purchasing handmade objects, direct from the people who make them. There is also a growing community of makers, entrepreneurs, passioneers and those pursuing the portfolio career, turning their creativity into commerce. Social media shopping pages and digital platforms like Etsy are enabling a new generation of crafters and makers, to find their customers in an online world. With CreativeTrade we will bring them together physically too. To share, learn and shop. Together they will create the next generation of retail, grounded in experience and unique to every destination.

Across the UK, the number of people buying craft is now 37.7m.

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.

 

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