Project Five - Renaissance: CMK

  • Within the city centre, there are parcels of vacant land and some underused buildings that could be developed (or redeveloped) to help to create the vitality and excitement that could be expected of a growing city.  Renaissance:CMK represents a programme of projects that aims to create an even stronger and more successful city centre that is fit for the challenges of the mid-21st century. Through investment in new employment, residential, retail and leisure opportunities, drawing on the benefits that could be created by a new city centre university, and (re)developing vacant or underused buildings and land, Renaissance:CMK will help to create a prosperous city centre and capitalise on our position on the Cambridge-MK-Oxford corridor.

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    A well-attended stakeholder workshop was held in December 2017 that considered the challenges CMK is likely to face over the next 20-30 years.  The agreed findings of the workshop are outlined below:

     

    Diversity of development: There’s a need for increased mixed commercial/cultural use and a wider range of business uses. The city centre needs a more dynamic atmosphere and environment, making it a comfortable place to live for local people, welcoming for visitors and commercially attractive for businesses.

    Vibrancy: The centre needs to be re-ordered if not redesigned. There’s a need for space for events with perhaps a civic square or pedestrian-only areas. Diversifying the usage would also help create vibrancy.

    Make CMK attractive to investors: Not just high-street names and flagship employers but independents and small retailers, who will utilise space that is currently under-used or empty.

    Transport: CMK needs to keep its options for change flexible.  For example the developing technology of driverless cars: if the city centre could be made driverless-car friendly, that would help with transport issues and position it as a tech-friendly locale.

    Innovation: We need to think differently about how we create spaces for people to come together to share ideas

     

    Living: Make CMK a better place to live – more attractive, more affordable, with increased housing capacity.

     

    To take the ideas forward a prospectus should be drawn up and shared with community, local investors and government agencies with further consultation with different audiences, followed by an action plan

The Prospectus for CMK is currently being developed and will be published later in 2018.

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