Next phase of housing regeneration project begins in Swindon

The next phase of a regeneration project that will see £34m invested in developing Queens Drive has started, delivering affordable housing for Swindon.

The work will start with the demolition of four derelict residential blocks in the coming months, after which construction company Wilmott Dixon will look to create 68 apartments and 34 houses at the site.

The regeneration at Queens Drive is one of the Council’s major house building projects, helping the authority to achieve its pledge to build new affordable homes and develop brownfield sites.

The announcement follows the ongoing construction of the first phase of the development at the site of the former George Gay Gardens, which will see the construction of 32 flats and 15 houses.

high rise buildings under white clouds during daytime

Cllr Cathy Martyn, Swindon Borough Council’s cabinet member for housing and public safety, said: ‘This £34m project delivers much needed, affordable housing in Swindon through the Council’s biggest housing regeneration scheme to date. It’s great to see work about to start on the next stage which will involve the demolition of the existing T-blocks and construction of 68 flats and 34 houses.

‘These homes have been designed both to reflect the railway heritage (the gable ends for example, are based on the widths of the former engine sheds used to house, repair and maintain trains) and also to be modern, efficient and well-developed homes for the future. They will be light and airy to live in. This scheme has been designed so that people will be happy and comfortable living there.

‘Along with the housing, we’ve taken steps to ensure that the homes are as climate friendly as possible by using solar panels and triple glazing, as well as taking steps to ensure the local wildlife continues to thrive with the help of 56 new bird boxes. I understand the importance of investing in our local communities and building good quality, affordable housing in Swindon is a top priority for this Council.’

In related news, 12 new one-bedroom apartments will be delivered in Trethomas, as part of a Caerphilly County Borough Council scheme.

Photo by Peter Albanese


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