The Master Plan for Milton Keynes 1970

From 'The Story of the Original CMK'

Taken from the Plan:

The topography in the vicinity of the new City Centre is slightly undulating. And the main roads have been aligned to frame the flattest area at the top of the Bradwell Common ridge.

Preliminary on-site studies indicate that, while the middle of this area will not be visible from a great distance due to the extent and flatness of the top of the ridge, the edges afford dramatic panoramic views to the east, south and west.

Studies further suggest that the retail core of the new City Centre may be of a horizontal nature with the higheror larger elements (offices, blocks of flats, stadia etc.) located around the edges.

Thus there seem to be great opportunities for the development of a visually exciting form with an intimate horizontal scale within the Centre but with a strong edge that would be visible from afar and would provide views out over the whole city, to the A5, the M1.

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  • We have some really good items included however I would love to have seen a plan and some pictures of the MK area prior to development. The area of Tongwell where I grew up would I am sure be just one area of interest. Did not the MKDC record the original make up of MK

    By Bob Anderson (18/08/2012)

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