This August, a new temporary public art project will arrive in Station Square, Central Milton Keynes organised by MK Council using funding set aside by developers for public art.
Around 50 trees and two wild flower lawns will be installed at the iconic MK setting and city centre gateway, along with pop up food and market stalls and public event spaces.
It’s intended to make Station Square, directly outside the Central rail station a more welcoming and vibrant place for people as soon as they arrive by train. This is a start of a longer term aim to provide a permanent enhancement to the city’s most important gateway.
Hayatsu Architects and artist Tue Greenfort were appointed following a competition last year. Their installation reflects Milton Keynes’ rich design history and its green city ambitions – increasing biodiversity with a variety of wild flowers to attract and support insects.
Creating a better first impression for people arriving by public transport is also part of MK Council’s and Milton Keynes Development Partnership’s (MKDP) wider work as they drive growth in Central MK with major building schemes including Santander’s new headquarters, a new university and the luxury 14-storey Hotel La Tour.
Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Cllr Robin Bradburn said: “This exciting project will make Milton Keynes an even more welcoming place for people as soon as they arrive. We have bold ambitions to ensure Central MK continues to grow and remains an attractive place for people to visit and a prime place to do business.”