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Milton Keynes University is a proposed new university campus for 15,000 students, based in central Milton Keynes. The client, MK:U, is a joint partnership between Cranfield University and Milton Keynes Council.

Expedition are providing Structural, Civil and Sustainability design services for this large scale and complex academic project. We are part of a winning team with Hopkins ArchitectsAtelier Ten and Gross.Max selected from an international competition for the Masterplan and Phase 1 design.

The Masterplan provides 165,000m2 of GIA over three phases, including 71,000m² of student residential accommodation and 6,000 m² of sports and hotel facilities.


Phase 1 of MK:U provides 61,000m² of GIA and is intended to accommodate 5,000 students. This includes a 30,000 m² academic building, 24,000 m² of student residences, a conference centre and a sports centre. The budget for Phase 1 is £188M.

The project seeks to provide undergraduate education according to a distinctive and innovative model focussing on digital technologies, business and entrepreneurship and design. The university intends to collaborate closely with industry, incorporate ‘Living Lab’ concepts, and maximise opportunities for interaction between students, staff and the wider public.

The brief asks for flexible buildings which can adapt to changing academic requirements and teaching approaches, while meeting the highest standards of sustainability, including those set out in the MK policy targets.

Phase 1 is currently at RIBA Stage 2 and is intended to open to students for the 2023-2024 academic year.


Ailsa Roberts
Carrie Behar
Damian Eley
Judith Sykes

Client: MK:U (Cranfield University and Milton Keynes Council)

Architect: Hopkins Architects

Status: Phase 1 is currently at RIBA Stage 2


Renders: Courtesy of Hopkins Architects

Milton Keynes University