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National Bowl development ideas revealed

Date Posted:28/07/2017

Plans have been unveiled to modernise and relaunch the National Bowl Arena in Milton Keynes.

The proposals, to create a vibrant year-round facility complemented by music based leisure, retail and hospitality venues, have been put forward by owners Milton Keynes Development Partnership (MKDP) MPMC The Bowl 2 MPMC The Bowl 2 A project team comprising architects, leisure specialists and engineers will be looking into securing investment and facilities required to make the site financially and practically viable. Plans include grading facilities at the National Bowl to give Milton Keynes a unique attraction able to draw major performance artists and visitors from around the world.

The aim is to incorporate a range of uses that could help unlock MK’s musical heritage and recapture the spirit of invention required to boost the city’s cultural assets defined by the MK Futures 2050 report. Proposals under consideration include the creation of a permanent “music street” as a backdrop to the arena, with multiple venues offering year-round performance space for all genres of music supported by music retail, a hotel, themed restaurants, bars and other supporting facilities.

Charles Macdonald, chief executive of MKDP, said: “Since the National Bowl opened in 1979, what both concert organisers and attendees expect from venues has changed significantly. While the National Bowl has an extremely strong music heritage, it is vital that the right decisions are made to regenerate it appropriately and put it back on the musical map where it belongs. Feedback to our ideas has been very positive and we look forward to being able to share more detailed plans later in the year.”

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