MK40 Tower

To mark the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the city of Milton Keynes, the Milton Keynes Gallery invited dRMM to design a temporary sculpture.

dRMM proposed a tower to conceptually contrast with the predominant horizontality of the city, offering an opportunity for visitors to the site to climb the tower and discover views across the city.

MK Forty Tower was manufactured as a freestanding structure pre-fabricated in sections made of KLH cross-laminated timber. Erected in 7 days, the tower open to the public in August 2007. At 19 metres high, it dominated the square in front of the Milton Keynes Gallery, rising above the theatre and gallery's roof canopy. Visitors climbed 101 wooden steps to reach the platform and panoramic views of the city and beyond.



MK40 Tower

Design Team

Architect: dRMM

Engineer: Price & Myers

MK40 Tower


2008 LABC Central Region Built in Quality Award - Best Structural Innovation