Central Milton Keynes Shopping Centre

Central Milton Keynes Shopping Centre

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Central Milton Keynes Shopping Centre is a regional <!--The cited references refer to it as "regional", but not using the ICSC definition for US malls. So do not link to the section on regional malls.--> shopping centre located in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, England which is about 50 miles (80&nbsp;km) north-west of London. It is managed in two separate parts, thecentre:mk and Midsummer Place. Thecentre:mk is a grade II listed building.

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The Milton Keynes Development Corporation began work on the original "Shopping Building" in 1973 as the largest building of Central Milton Keynes. The architects were Derek Walker, Stuart Mosscrop, and Chris Woodward; and the engineers were Felix Samuely and Partners. The design followed the minimalist principles of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and envisaged glass-covered shopping streets or arcades on the scale of the Galleria in Milan. Derek Walker likened it to the Crystal Palace. The building's glass-and-steel envelope accommodated 130 shops and six department stores, arranged down two parallel daylit arcades, planted with sub-tropical and temperate trees. The shopping area was opened on 25 September 1979 by Margaret Thatcher. It was described in 1993 as "still the best-looking if no longer the biggest shopping centre in the British Isles".N. Pevsner and E. Williamson, Buckinghamshire, 2nd edition, Penguin Books (Buildings of......
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