17 FEB 2023


The landmark Agora regeneration scheme in Wolverton, which has received £36m of investment by Milton Keynes City Council, will be overseen by Willmott Dixon.  

Working alongside developer TOWN, the firm will review and finalise the design for the new development on the former site of the disused Agora Centre and adjacent car park. 

The scheme will provide 115 new two to four-storey homes across six residential blocks, nearly a third of which will be affordable housing and which incorporates a co-housing community for over-50s, alongside family homes for rent. 

Also known as the Love Wolverton project, it is set to elevate the local environment and social sustainability of the area through an inclusive mix of housing, nine ground-floor commercial units and a designated community space to inject life into the local economy. 

Michelle Cotterill, director, at Willmott Dixon, said the firm was looking forward to working with the City Council and TOWN on the scheme, to ensure it “stands out on a national stage” and delivers on promises made to the local community.

“The Agora regeneration scheme is a pivotal project that will breathe new life into the local area of Wolverton,” she said. 

“As one of the most environmentally ambitious regeneration schemes in the UK, we are proud to have been appointed to deliver a project that is set to offer such value to the area, both in terms of its sustainable benefits and social value potential.” 

Sustainable elements include energy-efficient buildings and a smart renewable energy microgrid to generate around two-thirds of the annual energy required for the scheme. 

There will be several car-free streets, as well as a sustainable mobility hub including a car club and bike hire facilities.  

This is the latest in a series of town centre regeneration for Willmott Dixon. 

The company is also involved in the Spindles development in Oldham town centre, Upperbanks development in Rochdale and Stockport Interchange. 

Councillor Rob Middleton, cabinet member for resources at Milton Keynes City Council, said it was “thrilled” to have Willmott Dixon on board to deliver the scheme. 

“Wolverton is a historic railway town with a real sense of community, brilliant independent businesses, and endless potential,” he added. 

“This community-led regeneration will provide a real boost for the town, and I can’t want to see the plans come to life.”     

The scheme, which is procured through Pagabo’s Major Works Framework, will deliver on a long-held ambition to regenerate Wolverton town centre, modernising the high street while respecting the history and character of its railway town conservation area, reinstating the previous neighbourhood layout and Victorian character. 

Ben Jones, regional manager at Pagabo, said: “It’s great that our Major Works Framework was able to support Milton Keynes City Council in appointing a contractor for this landmark regeneration project. 

“Willmott Dixon were selected following a further competition process which ensured complete compliance and best value for the client’s investment. 

“We’re so happy to be continuing our strong relationship with Milton Keynes City Council and proud to play our part in a scheme that will bring so many benefits to the local community.”

Guy Rochez, associate director at TOWN, said the appointment of Willmott Dixon marked an important milestone in a long-awaited project and continues the momentum behind the project following on from completion of the demolition of the Agora building last month. 

Work is expected to start on-site later this year.


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