Milton Keynes Gallery has announced an exciting £10 million project of renovation and expansion.
The ambitious plans will see the gallery double its exhibition space, treble in size and provide the perfect platform to offer world-class art and events, major historical exhibitions, cinema and music.
The building will also house a café, shop and spaces for corporate hire.
Funding will come from a combination of public and private sources.
Construction is provisionally set to begin in autumn 2015.
“The architects came up with the idea that it should create a living room for the city,” MK Gallery director Anthony Spira told the Citizen.
“...somewhere people, friends and families can come and see a film, listen to a concert, go and have a bite to eat and drink in the bar and really hang out.”
“It’s a really ambitious plan, and we hope to open in 2017 in time to celebrate the 50th birthday of Milton Keynes,” he added.
Commenting on the plans, Tate’s director Sir Nicholas Serota said: “In its short life MK Gallery has already demonstrated that it can make a distinctive contribution to the visual art network in the UK.
“The planned expansion will ensure that it can continue to bring the best of international contemporary art to the wide audience that it serves in Miton Keynes and the region.”