LONDON architect Blonski Heard has designed a new 30m Milton Keynes Theatre and Gallery.
Due to open in autumn l999, the project comprises a state-of-the-art theatre, concert hall and gallery, aimed at establishing Milton Keynes as one of the UK’s most dynamic commercial and regional centres.
The project is partly funded by the National Lottery through the Arts Council of England
Blonski Heard has been appointed to create a space suitable for theatrical, musical and allied events on a site to the east of the existing multiscreen cinema complex in Milton Keynes.
“For the interior design we are using a lot of natural materials,” says Blonski Heard partner Kut Nadiadi. “We have stone flooring in the main foyer – a French limestone – and the main walls are concrete finish with timber paneling in certain areas which are veneered for a natural finish.”
The various buildings are united under a wave-form roof and canopy which defines the edges of the development. The front extension of the canopy is supported on tall columns, forming a portico to frame the entrance into the Theatre Square.
Sign design has yet to be finalised. “We will probably get another consultancy involved,” says Nadiadi.