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National Bowl at Milton Keynes, UK – seeking expressions of interest from developers and partners

Milton Keynes Development Partnership (MKDP) is seeking expressions of interest and indicative offers from developers and end users to improve the use of Milton Keynes bowl, an open-air concert site in the UK.

Stage one of a two stage informal tender process closes 6 September 2013.

The draft Development Brief outlines five options in line with council policy which requires the site to be developed for sporting and leisure uses.

Planning permission for a new HQ for Badminton England has already been granted on the site of the east car park.

Other options include incorporation of the MK Dons Academy, an international team base facility to serve – for example – the Rugby World Cup in 2015, but also with options for alternative leisure and sporting uses, as well as an option including retaining the Bowl as a concert venue.

The Development Brief requires all five options to include The Badminton project, as well as safeguarding some form of cycling facility on (or off) site. Cllr David Hopkins, Cabinet Member responsible, said:

The National Bowl site is a significant asset for Milton Keynes, but at present it is a significantly underused leisure facility.

The infrastructure at the Bowl is outdated and the site is in need of substantial investment to maximise its potential.

We want to work to turn this site into a major leisure and sporting facility for not just Milton Keynes but also for a wider regional, national and international audience.

In phase 1 MKDP is looking to discover the candidates that will proceed to Phase 2. Offers are invited by single bidders or consortiums.

Phase 2 will be a restricted tender to shortlisted candidates. Phase 2 to follow formal adoption of the Development brief, and will include a competitive dialogue. Full details of the process are to be provided to shortlisted candidates.

MKDP’s Development Brief identifies five options

  1. Concerts/events, badminton project, MK cycling, MK Dons first team training and Academy all located on the Bowl
  2. Concerts/events, badminton project, MK Dons first team training and Academy all located on the Bowl.
  3. Concerts/events, badminton project, MK cycling, all located on the Bowl.
  4. Concerts/events and badminton project all located on the Bowl.
  5. No mandatory activities except for the badminton project located on the Bowl.

N.B. The Badminton project site is excluded from the current expression of interest.

The Bowl was developed in the 1970s as a major outdoor entertainment venue, and has a capacity of 65,000. The infrastructure of the Bowl is in need of investment to maximise its potential. Details of tenure, timing, assessment criteria and shortlisting procedure are available from MKDP. Contacts:

Kevin Monkton (Principal Contact)

Milton Keynes Council

Saxon Court

502 Avebury Boulevard

Milton Keynes

MK9 3HS

Tel: 01908 254691

Email: kevin.monkton@milton-keynes.gov.uk

 

Charles Macdonald

Milton Keynes Development Partnership

Saxon Court

502 Avebury Boulevard

Milton Keynes

MK9 3HS

Tel: 01908 253899

Email: charles.macdonald@mkdevelopmentpartnership.co.uk