Work starts to transform historic locomotive works

August 8, 2008

Work to transform the former locomotive works of The Great Western Railway in Swindon has now started.

Called Smith’s Quarter, work on the exciting mixed-use development follows a multi-million pound deal to regenerate eight acres of land into a thriving, vibrant community.

King Sturge, acting for Carillion, sold the land to Thomas Homes which will create an urban residential development of apartments, restaurants, hotel accommodation and office suites providing a vibrant community in the heart of Swindon.

The site also includes some Grade II listed buildings, which will be converted into offices. Inside and outside the buildings are regarded as ‘engineering gems’ from the Brunel period, which will become features at the development.

The redevelopment of the locomotive works forms part of a much greater regeneration project incorporating 138 acres, off Kemble Drive.

David Spencer at King Sturge said: “The fact that work has now started is fantastic news as it forms an integral part of the regeneration of Swindon. It is a site of great historic importance and will provide a superb place where people will be able to live, work and relax.

“It is also good news considering the current economic status and we’re optimistic that businesses and house-hunters will like what they see.” Chris Brotherton director for Thomas Homes added: “We’re delighted to be on site.  Churchward Village is a superb development in a great location surrounded by listed buildings.  It is also something completely different for Swindon, bringing character close to the town centre.”

King Sturge will be retained as development consultants and agents for the site.

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