4 March 2021/ Area guides

Office leasing guide: Milton Keynes

Offices to rent in Milton Keynes

Milton Keynes is the largest town in the county of Buckinghamshire. It’s just 50 miles north-west of the capital, meaning you’ll be close to London without the chaos of the big city, and is surrounded by lush countryside, so you get the best of both worlds. The town was developed extensively in the years following WWII, and its streets were designed in the popular American grid-style for ease of navigation.

Despite the disruption of 2020, Milton Keynes looks set to bounce back even better. It was named by the Centre of Economic and Business Research as one of the fastest-growing towns or cities in the UK and is set to reach a predicted 10% growth rate by the end of 2021. It’s an enterprising town too, as a reported 71.5% of businesses currently occupying Milton Keynes were founded right there. Milton Keynes also has the fifth-highest number of startups per capita in the UK.

Want to find out more about living and working in Milton Keynes? Here’s everything you need to know.

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Notable business areas in Milton Keynes

Around 90% of Milton Keynes economic activity is carried out by service-based businesses. The centre of the town is a hive of professional services activity, as many businesses in the sector have chosen Milton Keynes for its excellent location and 72% lower rent prices than in the capital.

The north of the town is a key area for logistics, as it’s just a few minutes’ drive from the arterial motorway, the M1. Companies including John Lewis, Waitrose, River Island and Coca Cola have major distribution sites here, and new businesses are expected to arrive over the coming years.

Milton Keynes also has its own ‘high-performance cluster’, which is home to businesses including Red Bull Racing, the Catapult Connected research centre and Prodrive. Many important R&D projects take place in the region, allowing sectors including automotive, aerospace and motorsports to remain at the very cutting edge of what’s possible.

It’s easy to get around in Milton Keynes

There are seven train stations in and around Milton Keynes

The town’s main station, Milton Keynes Central, is located in the heart of the town. Services operated by Avanti West Coast, Southern and West Midlands Trains stop here, so it’s easy to get around within the area and to travel to nearby towns and cities. Its other stations, including Bletchley, Wolverton, Fenny Stratford and Bow Brickhill, make sure the town centre is well connected to the surrounding areas.

Milton Keynes has great road links

The major M1 motorway runs north-east of central Milton Keynes, which can take you south to London or north to Leeds, via Northampton, Leicester, Nottingham and Sheffield. And on the other side of the town, you’ll find the busy A5, which runs south the county to Dunstable or north all the way to the northern suburbs of Birmingham.

Regular buses run all over Milton Keynes

The main operator in the town is Arriva, which operates under Arriva The Shires & Essex in Milton Keynes. Most of the surrounding areas, including Bletchley and Wolverton, enjoy bus links to the centre of town, making it easy for commuters and leisure travellers alike to get to Milton Keynes’s main facilities.

The closest airport to Milton Keynes is Luton Airport

It’s around a 40-minute drive from the centre of town, making it pretty easy to get to for business trips and getaway. Luton Airport has a great choice of flights to a number of destinations across the UK and Europe. If you’re heading further afield, Heathrow Airport is just over an hour’s drive away. From here, you’ll be able to visit a huge variety of destinations, from Australia to America to Asia to Africa.

Offices to let in Milton Keynes

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Milton Keynes has plenty of useful business amenities

Milton Keynes has lots of traveller friendly hotels

No matter what your budget or special requirements look like, there are lots of hotel options in Milton Keynes. If you’re simply looking for a functional place to rest your head, affordable options like easyHotel Milton Keynes, Travelodge at The Hub and Premier Inn, have a number of properties across the town.

At the other end of the scale, you’ll find fuss-free chic at Jury’s Hotel, a convenient location from DoubleTree by Hilton at Stadium MK or a slice of the country life at Horwood House. Seeking total privacy and home-from-home? You could opt for a serviced apartment like those offered by City Apartments

Milton Keynes’s meeting rooms are suitable for every occasion

Hosting a large event? There are a number of venues across the town that can cater to conferences and awards ceremonies. &Meetings Milton Keynes offers flexible room and even space hire, meaning you won’t be tied to the cost of whole-day hires if that’s not right for you. Stadium MK is also a premium choice that accommodates up to 5000 attendees.

You can also find smaller spaces, such as Landmark Milton Keynes. Centrecom is also a great choice if you’ve got a tighter budget.

There are loads of great restaurants in Milton Keynes

Whatever you’re in the mood for, you’ll find delicious bites to eat all over Milton Keynes. Grab dim sum and other authentic Chinese food at Taipan MK, savour Pan-Asian cuisine at Banana Tree, or visit Thai Modern for a deliciously mellow taste of Thailand. You can also stop at Bistro Live, where a lively night awaits as you enjoy its fantastic menu. And if you just fancy a coffee, Bogota Coffee is a great option.

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You’ll find other handy facilities across Milton Keynes

If you love to get physical, you’ll have lots of choice in Milton Keynes. You’ll find familiar gyms like Anytime Fitness, PureGym and The Gym, as well as local fitness facilities. Visit Stantonbury Leisure Centre if you’re keen to play football on its new 3G pitch, take part in an exercise classes or use its excellent fitness facilities. You could also visit F45 Training if you fancy an intense workout.

When it’s time to hit the shops, Milton Keynes won’t disappoint. Visit The Centre:mk or intu Milton Keynes to find the latest high-street and designer brands. There are also plenty of eateries within both centres, so there are lots of options when it’s time for refreshments. You can also spend time wandering around Milton Keynes Market, a popular outdoor bazaar that has been running since 1979. More than 200 local traders have stalls here, so you’re bound to find something interesting.

Notable office tenants in Milton Keynes

  • Argos
  • Network Rail
  • Dominos Pizza
  • Homebase
  • Rubicon Drinks 

Key agents

  • Louch Shacklock & Partners LLP
  • Lambert Smith Hampton Ltd
  • Bidwells LLP
  • Bray Fox Smith Limited
  • CJ Muscat Properties

Offices serviced offices and co-working spaces in Milton Keynes

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Interesting facts about Milton Keynes

You’re never more than half a mile away from a park in the lush city of Milton Keynes, and more than 22 million trees have been planted across the wider borough.

More than 10,000 people covertly worked at the Bletchley Park estate during WWII to try and decode enemy communications.

Xscape’s Snozone attraction is covered with real snow, which has to be topped up every morning. And considering there are two 220ft high slopes to cover, that’s a lot of the white stuff to produce!

Over 343 kilometres of footpaths, cycle routes and country bridleways can be found in and around Milton Keynes.

Tickford Bridge is the oldest iron bridge in the world to still be in daily use, and it has stood solid since 1810.