centre:mk celebrates 40 years of trading

At the weekend centre:mk, jointly owned by Hermes Investment Management and AustralianSuper, celebrated 40 years of trading. The shopping centre was originally opened by Margaret Thatcher on 25 September 1979.
The celebrations included a number of initiatives including:
  • MK Skate is a new lottery funded heritage programme working with the skateboarding community of Milton Keynes. Opening 27 September 2019, the exhibition in Sunset Walk at centre:mk will use the materiality of the culture – fashion, decks, videos, magazines to bring the story to life.  Working with the community of skateboarders, both veterans and newbies, this five week exhibition will narrate the chronology of the development of skateboarding in MK from the late 1970s through to the present; highlighting key moments, ground-breaking skateboarders, and the creative culture associated with skateboarding in the city: street arts, photography and film.
  • StyleFest, a mix of live entertainment, catwalk shows, beauty demonstrations, panel talks and seminars and including an exhibition looking back at the last four decades of fashion taking place in Middleton Hall – retailers taking part included John Lewis, Monsoon, The White Company, Quiz and Scotts
  • A Festival of Creative Urban Living bringing together the worlds of art, architecture, design, and high-tech within the urban context of Milton Keynes.  The free programme includes exhibitions, events, creative workshops, performances and much more covering the festival themes of ‘Built, Unbuilt and Unbuildable’.
Ed Sellick, Asset Manager, Hermes Investment Management, on behalf of centre:mk joint owners, added: “Since centre:mk opened in 1979 it has grown significantly, welcoming 25 million visitors annually and boasting an average spend-per-visit that is 72% ahead of the UK shopper dimension benchmark, establishing centre:mk as a top national shopping and leisure destination. This year we have welcomed a number of new brands as we continue to remain at the forefront of retailer focus. The team is committed to keeping abreast of consumer behaviours and ever evolving trends to provide a future proofed offer that has a high yield appeal. We look forward to what the next decade will bring.”

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