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Park from as little as £1 for 2 hours (£2 all day Sunday).
Our new smart technology multi storey car park is now open with over 1400 spaces available including electric vehicle charging points, 80 disabled parking bays and 64 parent and child spaces. The car park is situated behind John Lewis on Marlborough Gate; currently only accessible via Midsummer Boulevard.
Supershoes give children with cancer an opportunity to receive a pair of very special customised shoes created by one of over 300 volunteering ‘Super Artists’ and support staff. The shoes see magnificent benefits to children as they are designed to make the wearer feel special and strong; giving younger children in particular a sense of super-power when they wear their Supershoes.
The charity, which was founded almost 5 years ago, by Sarah and Ken White now receives over 30 referrals a week for requests for shoes. Having recently sent out its 2500th pair of customised Supershoes the charity is now looking forward to its next chapter through its exclusive charity partnership with centre:mk.
Sarah White, Founder of the Milton Keynes-based charity said: “This is a tremendous opportunity to raise awareness of childhood cancer, giving a voice to the 11 children diagnosed every day in the UK, whilst highlighting the work our charity does to empower these young people. We have a goal of raising over £10,000 for our charity through the partnership with centre:mk this year which would enable us to produce 200 pairs of shoes.”
Kevin Duffy Centre Director said of the new partnership; “Supershoes is a very unique and worthy charity which we truly believe our guests will connect with. We know just how important it is for children to feel empowered and strengthened during cancer treatment and the shoes this charity produce do just that in an incredibly unique way - which is why we’re impassioned about supporting them to meet their target.”
centre:mk will be selling ‘reindeer glasses’ this Christmas, of which 50p from every pair sold goes directly to Supershoes. The glasses turn every point of light into a reindeer face and can be purchased from Guest Services as well as the Grotto in Middleton Hall.
Supershoes was founded almost 5 years ago, by Sarah and Ken White (MD Frosts Landscape Construction.) The charity now receives over 30 referrals a week for requests for shoes. With over 300 Super Artists, and a team of support staff, Supershoes is volunteer led and has, at the beginning of this year, sent out its 2500th pair of customised Supershoes. Future plans to empower children include hospital art workshops and local “Arty Parties” for families of children with cancer.
What does a pair of Supershoes bring to a sick child?
centre:mk, one of the UK’s top 10 shopping destinations reflected its continued commitment to accessible shopping by participating in the UK’s first ever accessible shopping day ‘Purple Tuesday’ on November 13th 2018.
The centre, which has a proud history of offering accessible shopping, supported this new initiative in order to raise awareness of the need to make customer-facing businesses more aware of opportunities and challenges surrounding accessible shopping.
centre:mk extended its call for feedback beyond their link up with a local disability action group, to offer a number of guests with accessibility needs the opportunity to shop and review the centre which resulted in much positive feedback alongside fresh insights that the team will be relaying back to retailers.
Mike, one of the guest reviewers commented how he found ‘plenty of disabled parking and found the size of the bays more than ample for his needs’.
Another reviewer Hayley, said she was ‘very happy with all amenities especially the Quiet Room’ as did Kathy who ‘loved the Quiet room’ and will be ‘using it more often now’ that she is aware of the facility.
What’s more this year centre:mk’s has launched additional dedicated slots to its all-inclusive experiences at Santa’s Grotto (which opened 9th November). The inclusive slots offer signed sessions for deaf children and dedicated autism friendly slots for smaller group sizes with subdued lighting and toned down noise levels to create a more relaxing atmosphere.
Kevin Duffy, Centre Director commented;
“Being a truly accessible shopping destination is part of who we are at centre:mk. Naturally our design lends itself to accessible shopping as we’re all on one level, but it’s the behind the scenes developments we’ve undertaken in recent years that are making a difference to our guests overall experience.
Since 2016, we have invested significantly into our award winning toilets (which include a changing places toilet) and multi-storey car park which is due to open later this month - both of which have carefully selected provisions for guests that have additional access considerations. Furthermore all of our staff (both customer facing and head office) are consistently undergoing training on topics surrounding accessibility to ensure that we are meeting all of our valued guests needs wherever we can.”
For further information on Purple Tuesday please see: https://purpletuesday.org.uk/
For further enquiries on the inclusive Grotto availability please contact the booking line on 0843 178 1304*.
centre:mk, one of the top ten shopping destinations in the UK, is home to Milton Keynes Council’s Electric Vehicle Experience Centre (EVEC).
The EVEC launch comes as part of the wider Milton Keynes Go Ultra Low Cities Programme, in which £9 million was awarded to the city in January 2016 to encourage the uptake of low emission vehicles and hit the target of 23 per cent of all car sales being electric or plug-in by 2020. Milton Keynes is one of only four lead UK cities and authorities to win part of a £40 million government fund in the Go Ultra Low Cities programme and highlight the city as one of the most sustainable in Europe.
The EVEC is the first of its kind to launch in the UK and managed by Chargemaster, the UK’s biggest name in electric vehicle charging. Situated at 26 and 28 Crown Walk and covering 3,870 sq ft, the centre is displaying new electric vehicle technology from a range of car manufacturers including Mitsubishi, Nissan and Renault– regularly rotating between makes and models as exciting new models enter the market. centre:mk is showcasing the vehicles, offering demos and providing highly trained independent professionals to answer customer questions and refer interested visitors to a relevant local dealership or partner leasing company.
Kevin Duffy, Centre Director at centre:mk, commented: “We are excited to be supporting this initiative from Milton Keynes Council that demonstrates an innovative and committed approach to improving the future for the region. Showcasing the latest low emissions vehicles to the millions of visitors further enhances the centre:mk’s importance as one of the top 10 prime retail and leisure destinations within the UK.”
Visitors to centre:mk will be able to experience the modern and technologically advanced space, designed by motor industry retail specialists TRO, and learn about sustainable motoring for private and business use. As an added bonus, Milton Keynes residents and businesses will also be able to test-drive a range of vehicles as well as lease low-emission vehicles on a longer term with the help of heavily subsidised rates from the EVEC.
Brian Matthews from Milton Keynes Council added: “This one-of-a-kind showroom will prove to be a high-profile resource, enabling visitors of centre:mk to
experience the initiative in a high-quality environment. Their support throughout our low emissions initiative will no doubt attract visitors and add real value to the centre. We look forward to presenting the technology at such a distinctive retail and leisure destination, and believe that this partnership will have a truly positive impact on Milton Keynes.”
David Martell, Chargemaster CEO, said: “Being part of such a high-profile and diverse project is very exciting for Chargemaster. The EV Experience Centre in MK will be the first of its kind and we are sure it will pave the way for other cities to follow in its footsteps. We are greatly looking forward to welcoming MK residents to the EVEC and to showing them everything that going green has to offer.”
This news follows the recent completion of the Sunset Walks £10 million refurbishment and investment, in addition to significant brand enhancements over the past 18 months including Kiehls, T2, Molton Brown and ASK.
MMX Retail and CBRE acted for centre:mk. Chargemaster represented Electric Car Experience Centre.
Hermes Investment Management, the £28.6 billion manager focused on delivering superior, sustainable, risk adjusted returns to its clients – responsibly and AustralianSuper, co-owners of centre:mk, have today announced plans for a £60 million investment in the centre.
Over the next three years, the grade two-listed building will undergo a series of enhancements focused on re-imagining the iconic principles that led to the creation of one of the UK’s most dominant UK regional shopping centres. The £60 million investment programme includes the recently completed £10m refurbishment of Sunset Walk, designed by architecture and design company, Rawls. The next phase will see the development of new state of the art customer facilities on Deer Walk, including a customer service lounge, family facilities and WCs, together with work beginning this spring on a new 1,400 space multi–storey car park adjoining John Lewis.
Other initiatives will embrace the latest digital technology with a new centre:mk app, website, social media platform, signage and wayfinding, focused on providing visitors with information and inspiration to help them get the most from their visit.
Ed Sellick, on behalf of centre:mk’s joint owners, Hermes Investment Management and AustralianSuper, commented: “ Our £60 million programme of investment is designed to enhance the experience for visitors, leading to increased sales for our retailers and restaurants. As the town of Milton Keynes enters its 50th year, at centre:mk, ‘Re-Imagining an Icon’ is seeking to re-equip the UK’s first listed shopping mall for the 21st century. It is about reflecting and paying homage to the building’s iconic status, whilst at the same time reappraising what happens inside and, finally, the role centre:mk plays in Milton Keynes.”
Kevin Duffy, Centre Director added: “centre:mk plays a significant role regionally as we provide a critical mass and diversity of offer unavailable elsewhere. The investment in the malls, wayfinding, facilities and customer service will collectively allow us to build upon the place making we have created and further improve the space. These plans ensure centre:mk is always relevant for the consumer and retailers and will create a refreshing, exciting and modern look and feel within the iconic destination.”
The ‘Re-Imagining an Icon’ strategy builds on the significant enhancements made to centre:mk’s brand line-up over the last 18 months. Jigsaw, Hobbs, Joules, Cath Kidston, Kiehl’s, Molton Brown, The White Company and Pandora have all opened new stores on Sunset Walk, concentrated around House of Fraser, to create a critical mass of premium brands. In addition, Smiggle, T2 and Flying Tiger have all launched successful stores and Ask has recently opened its new restaurant opposite John Lewis.