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Opening a new tea pavilion in Milton Keynes

Opening a new tea pavilion in Milton Keynes
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Opening a new tea pavilion in Milton Keynes
Siobhan Stirling - Sharp Minds Communications for Capital Space by Siobhan Stirling - Sharp Minds Communications for Capital Space
Owner/Director - Sharp Minds Communications Ltd

At Capital Space, we’re driven by a desire to enable as many SMEs throughout the South East to access outstanding and affordable office space. We’re also on a constant mission to improve the facilities that we offer our customers, which is why we’re thrilled to announce that our tea pavilion in Milton Keynes is opening soon! The pavilion has been built in response to customer demand and is in keeping with our ongoing environmental mission.

Opening the pavilion

After months of planning, we’re excited to announce that our new tea pavilion at Milton Keynes Business Centre will officially throw open its doors next month. Called The Woodside Café, the £220,000 building is going to be opened by Councillor Mohammed Khan, the Mayor of Milton Keynes, on 9th July 2021. The event will also be attended by the planners and builders who’ll all be able to witness the ribbon cutting ceremony. Guests to the official opening include long serving customers from the 100 businesses based on the site and the construction workers and design team involved with the pavilion’s creation. Guests will have the chance to taste the new food and refreshments menu that will be served at the café.

Facilities for our customers

The timber-based building has been constructed by TG Escapes, who specialise in creating attractive, eco-friendly structures. In response to customer demand, many of the options served at the café will also have a health-conscious feel to them, including vegetarian options and food for each meal of the day.

Centre manager, Matt Roberts commented: “I’m absolutely thrilled that the pavilion at the centre is finally opening. We’ve had a lot of demand for it to be built, and I think it will be a great resource for our customers to make the most of new healthy eating options at the café, as well as the additional space in and around the pavilion for informal meetings outside of the office!”

Furthering the Capital Space eco-friendly mission

Throughout the past few years, we’ve been on an eco-friendly mission as a business, trying to play our part in combatting the climate crisis. This has included reducing our waste, becoming energy-producers and offering car parks with electric charging points. When we were designing the new pavilion, we were keen to keep our environmental ethos in mind, ensuring that the building was energy efficient and sustainable. The Woodside Café has been built using sustainably sourced, low-carbon materials and a pre-fabricated timber frame construction. The pavilion also uses an air source heat pump to maximise the sustainability of the building, producing three times the energy the pump consumes.

Matt has been one of the driving forces behind the centre’s eco-friendly initiatives: “Throughout the past year, we’ve furthered our green mission by investing in an eco-friendly car park and roof-mounted PV panels, upcycling old pallets to create outdoor furniture and now we’ve got an eco-friendly pavilion to add to the mix! I’m really excited to celebrate the opening of the pavilion with customers and colleagues alike.”

It’s a family affair

The café is going to be run by Sue Stanbridge’s son and daughter. Sue is currently Milton Keynes’ deputy centre manager and sees it as an exciting new venture, having spent a lot of time supporting other fledgling businesses, leaving her well placed to help advise on the new establishment.  

Sue shared her enthusiasm for the new pavilion, saying: “It’s all very exciting! The idea for the pavilion actually came about following a customer survey, and they requested somewhere they could take customers to have a meeting, or simply to chill with a coffee and some cake. The centre is a very sociable place and customers like to mix.”

“I’m thrilled to be supporting my son and daughter in their new business, acting in an advisory capacity to help them succeed. We previously ran a pub and felt that this was a great opportunity to build a new business together. The pavilion will also give people the option to use it at the weekends for events once it is safe to do so.”

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