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Judging panel will begin deliberations after the exhibition

Milton Keynes Council, the project sponsors of MK:U and Cranfield University, the lead higher education institution for MK:U, are inviting public comments on the five designs to help guide the judging panel in their decision about the new university quarter which will be located in the heart of Milton Keynes.

The designs go live online today (4 July 2019) at competitions.malcolmreading.com/mku and the gallery is open to all MK residents to comment.

Models of the five designs will be available for viewing at the upcoming ‘Milton Keynes: A Journey to 2050 exhibition’ being held at Middleton Hall in the centre:mk between Thursday 4 July and Sunday 7 July.

MK:U will offer degrees in business and entrepreneurship, design thinking and commercial skills

The proposed new university, MK:U, will offer innovative and flexible education focused on new technologies and digital skills, including AI, robotics and cyber security.

It will also offer undergraduate degrees in business and entrepreneurship, as well as courses in design thinking and professional and commercial skills, when it opens its doors in 2023.

Professor Lynette Ryals, MK:U’s chief executive and pro-vice-chancellor of Cranfield University, said:

“MK:U will be something that MK should be really proud of; it’s a hugely ambitious and forward-thinking plan. We want every MK resident to visit the competition website and give us their views on the designs.”

Milton Keynes Council leader, Pete Marland, said

“The competition has produced five thought-provoking pieces of design for our jury to review, and it’s now our task to pick the right team to work with. We’ll be looking in close detail at the submissions as well as listening to local feedback.”

The new MK:U quarter will be built on a 10.1 hectare block of land that is located minutes from the central rail station.

The build project for MK:U has an overall budget of £188m and will be completed in time for the new university to open its doors in 2023.

The competition’s jury features several international names including Santander UK plc CEO Nathan Bostock, ITV’s non-Executive Chairman Sir Peter Bazalgette, and Professor Dame Madeleine Atkins, President of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge. It will be chaired by Chief Executive and Vice-Chancellor of Cranfield University, Professor Sir Peter Gregson.