Milton Keynes Theatre & Art Gallery Complex

LCE andrzej blonski Architects, Milton Keynes , 1999


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  • Viewed from the parkland    
  • Milton Keynes Theatre and Gallery    
  • Milton Keynes Theatre and Gallery    
  • Theatrical Entrance: The theatre becomes a place of magic at night – here the front-of-house area is seen from the public square    
  • The ‘Marilyn Monroe’ staircase    
  • Exterior view    
  • The space within    
  • Auditorium    
  • Site plan    
  • Ground floor plan    
  • Section    
  • Elevation to Marlborough Gate    
  • Details of glazed curtain wall with steel bracing and supports    
  • Details of glazed curtain wall with steel bracing and supports    

Large art gallery, flexible auditorium suitable for drama and music, tourist information centre and a multi-storey carpark

The initial brief asked for gallery space to be incorporated in the foyer area. Fuelled by a conviction that ‘Milton Keynes had the artistic energy and interest to warrant a gallery’, those involved in the project developed the brief to include a separate building with three different gallery spaces providing a total of 300m2 of display space

In 2004, ABA helped Milton Keynes Gallery alter the foyer area and the external appearance of the Main Building with the artist Michael Craig-Martin.


  • Begun: Jul 1997
  • Completed: 1999
  • Floor area: 18,780m2
  • Sector: Arts and culture
  • Total cost: £24.5M
  • Funding: Lottery Funding
  • Tender date: Apr 1996
  • Procurement: JCT 80
  • Address: 3 Theatre Walk , Milton Keynes , MK9 3PX, United Kingdom

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