Aerospace firm’s new HQ set to land on Milton Keynes
Tuesday 13 October 2020
MK Council has welcomed the announcement of a major aerospace and defence group’s potential decision to relocate to Cranfield University on the doorstep of Milton Keynes.
Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group (MADG) has signed an option agreement to secure a relocation option from its Cambridge Airport base to Cranfield University’s proposed airpark development, a move which could bring 1,000 highly skilled jobs to the area. Marshall’s, one of UK’s leading engineering and defence firms, are experts in a number of disciplines, from research and development to aircraft maintenance.
MK Council already works in close partnership with Cranfield University in developing the proposals for MK:U – a new undergraduate university for Milton Keynes which will be a world leader in training people to take on jobs in the STEM economy. If plans are approved and funded by government, the university could open as early as 2024.
Plans to significantly improve MK’s links to Cranfield have been in development in recent years with the Council’s proposals for enabling infrastructure and 5,000 homes at MKEast, as well as a potential link to a future MK Mass Rapid Transit system.
Leader of MK Council, Cllr Pete Marland said: “This is really exciting news for Milton Keynes and we would welcome MADG with open arms. By locating right next to MK, the company will have access to all of the great amenities and opportunities our growing city has to offer, which we are already developing plans to improve through the delivery of infrastructure and homes at MKEast.
“This announcement also demonstrates the continued importance of our close relationship with Cranfield University, with who we are delivering one of the most exciting and essential project for MK’s future, MK:U. I will be writing to MADG to welcome their interest in moving to the area and look forward to working with them in the future.”