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Carriage Works set for transformation as Forward Swindon launches masterplan

Saturday 01 Apr 2017

Carriage Works set for transformation as Forward Swindon launches masterplan

Builders are expected to move into the Carriage Works by May after planning permission was granted for the first part of a three-phase plan to convert it into an exciting hub for technology firms, small businesses, entrepreneurs and the creative industries.

Forward Swindon’s plans include four phases:


A planning application has been approved to convert 9,845 sq ft of the West Shed into a workspace that will be shared by Forward Swindon and local businesses. We’re leading by example, using the refurbished heritage buildings which we think Swindon’s occupiers will flock to.


…will be this conversion of the remaining 47,000 sq ft of the West Shed to create flexible spaces for small and large businesses. This will be multi-use space designed to attract a mix of business – digital arts, learning, artist studios and creative industries. A yard space between the East and West buildings for outdoor events and a café will be created.


The East Shed will provide 58,556 sq ft of workspace for a similar mix of businesses, tech companies, start-ups and SMEs needing affordable, flexible space in easy reach of the station, London and Bristol.


The Bristol Street Tunnel – plans are being finalised for the upgrading of the GWR Bristol Street Tunnel, the main north-south pedestrian link between the town centre and the Outlook retail centre and Steam. A bid for funding has been submitted.

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