Planning approval for the Santander Digital Hub

July 2019

The Santander Digital Hub has been granted planning permission by Milton Keynes Council.

The new campus will be a centre for digital banking innovation, nurturing collaboration and wellbeing in the workplace, while also enhancing the city with new public amenities.

Located in the business district of Central Milton Keynes, the digital hub will replace the existing Santander Grafton Gate office in Midsummer Boulevard and the Grafton Gate car park. The hub is a response to the digitalisation of the banking sector and is part of the bank’s strategy to adapt to changing technology.

The building will bring together Santander’s employees, who are currently spread across four offices, providing them with an enhanced working environment that will help to attract and retain the best talent in the area.

The Santander Digital Hub is a new form of office campus, designed to connect the business with the local community. It will provide publicly accessible retail, food and beverage space, a community hall, auditorium and co-working space. It also features a restaurant/bar area with a roof terrace on the top floor.

Sustainability and staff wellbeing are core objectives for the project. The building is designed to achieve a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating for its environmental sustainability performance. In addition, it is designed to achieve a WELL ‘Gold’ Certification, which is a measure of the building’s impact on health and wellbeing.

“We’re really pleased that that our plans to invest in a new state-of-the-art office campus have been approved by Milton Keynes Council. This is an exciting next step in the development of our flagship UK technology hub – giving our colleagues a cutting-edge working environment and reaffirming our long-term commitment to – and support for – the local community.” Nick Roberts

Head of Property, Santander UK

The project team comprises global developer Osborne+Co, architects LOM architecture and design, landscape architects Murray Associates, engineers WSP, planning consultants Deloitte, project and cost managers Turner & Townsend and lighting design by Lightivity.

Construction of the Santander Digital Hub is expected to commence on site in October 2019 and the building is anticipated to open in 2022.