Phase One of £350m Swindon Scheme Approved

Friday, 20th January 2012
  A big boost for construction in Swindon as Swindon council planners approves plans to build an 850-space car park and a block of 45 flats in Swindon town centre with Morgan Sindall’s development arm Muse Developments to begin building work in late Spring.    It is the first phase of the £350m Union Square development which received outline planning permission in 2011 to be built on the site of the former central police station. When completed, the apartments will be operated by Westlea Housing Association and the car park managed by Swindon Borough Council.   On the car park there is planned to be a simple system of cladding with weaving terracotta fins spanning its seven levels. Profiled aluminium fins would sit between the terracotta fins and would extend the full height of the building.   Doug Finlay, development director at Muse, said: “This approval is a significant milestone for the project and will ensure a start on site in the late spring.   “It is estimated the total build cost for this first phase is £25m, which will bring much needed investment into the town.”