An international competition will be held next year for a new vocational and STEM university in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
The two-stage open contest – organised by Malcolm Reading Consultants (MRC) – will select a team for the ‘new model’ university in the heart of Milton Keynes.
Planned to open in 2023, the proposed ‘MK:U’ university will host 15,000 students and focus on vocational and STEM subjects relating to digital, cyber, autonomy, robotics and artificial intelligence.
The project – backed by Cranfield University and Milton Keynes (MK) Council – is one of the flagship elements of the MK Futures 2050 programme, which anticipates a more than doubling of population within the New Town settlement by 2050.
A 12ha unused plot close to Milton Keynes station bordered by Grafton Street, Witan Gate, Aylesbury Boulevard and Childs Way has been earmarked for the new campus.
MK:U programme director and Cranfield University pro-vice-chancellor, Lynette Ryals said: ‘The competition will set out a fascinating design challenge − to create a world-class university that offers a new model of education at the heart of the fast-growing, high-tech Cambridge – Milton Keynes – Oxford arc.
‘We will be searching for outstanding multi-disciplinary teams that connect with our vision and relate to Milton Keynes – a smart city with an entrepreneurial mindset and a great place to try out new technologies and future ways of living.’