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Tender: MK Gallery café bar and events catering, Milton Keynes

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MK Gallery invites tenders from suitably qualified and experienced catering companies for the opportunity to operate the café bar and events catering business within MK Gallery’s newly expanded site. 


Since opening in 1999, MK Gallery in Milton Keynes has developed a reputation as one of the UK’s leading public art galleries, establishing itself as a locally rooted community resource whilst also creating an artistic reputation of national and international standing. 

MK Gallery is in the final stages of a major capital project to extend the current building. The development will double the current building size and create new cultural facilities in Milton Keynes. Reopening in early 2019, the gallery and its programmes will be transformed through larger exhibition spaces for historical as well as contemporary art, a multipurpose auditorium for film, music, dance and other activities, a dedicated learning and community space, excellent access facilities and a welcoming new café bar and shop. 

Photo credit: CGI of MK Gallery Expansion, 6a architects with Gareth Jones and Nils Norman.
Photo credit: CGI of MK Gallery Expansion, 6a architects with Gareth Jones and Nils Norman

“The catering service at MK Gallery must reflect and embody the essence of what MK Gallery is.” 

MK Gallery is seeking an operator for its brand new café bar and catered events business. It is expected that the café bar will play a critical part in the visitor experience at MK Gallery. It is one of the integrated elements that will make up the overall visitor experience. The successful operator should provide a welcoming and democratic atmosphere underpinned by the use of by high quality products, efficiently delivered and, where possible, locally sourced. 

Photo credit: CGI of MK Gallery Expansion, 6a architects with Gareth Jones and Nils Norman

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To request a tender information pack please contact: 

Kate Chadwick
MK Gallery
3 Theatre Walk
Central Milton Keynes

01908 558321

Deadline for expressions of interest: 18 June 2018

Shortlist announced and tender documentation issued: w/c 25 June 2018

Deadline for tender returns: 9 July 2018 

Contract award date: w/c 23 July 2018

Contract start date: January/February 2019 

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