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  • £10.1M

    project value

  • 70 weeks

    project duration

  • 2021

    anticipated completion

One of Swindon Borough Council’s major house building projects to help achieve its pledge to build new affordable homes and develop brownfield sites


  • Part of Swindon Borough Council’s wider plans to build more affordable homes, including affordable opportunities to buy and rent.
  • Procured via the SCAPE Framework
  • 15 houses and 32 apartments

The regeneration at Queens Drive is one of Swindon Borough Council’s major house building projects, with the plans involving building 149 affordable homes – 100 new flats and 49 new houses.

Phase 1A of the project comprises the demolition of the George Gay Gardens’ site, completed in April 2020, and the construction of 32 flats and 15 houses, with completion by winter 2021.

The house stock will range from two to three storey houses constructed in three blocks. The apartments will be constructed in two blocks, each block made up of four storeys.

Willmott Dixon has carried out several successful projects for Swindon Borough Council, most recently completing William Morris Primary School.

Major scheme

Councillor Cathy Martyn, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing and Public Safety, said:

“This key regeneration project supports the Council’s bid to build more housing, and I am delighted to see the progress that has been made on site so far.
“This development will provide modern, efficient, well-developed homes for the future. Ensuring that quality, affordable housing is available in Swindon is a top priority for this Council and we understand the importance of investing in our local communities to benefit residents.”

Sarah Bastajian, Director at Willmott Dixon, said:

"The positive impact of this project is already being felt. In addition to supporting the local workforce, our team is looking to support apprenticeships at New College Swindon and is in the process of developing virtual tools to enable this to take place in line with current guidelines.
“We strongly believe that projects must positively contribute to their communities and this project is no different. We are delighted to be part of the project and look forward to providing the residents of Swindon with new homes."

Richard Poulter, Managing Director at Willmott Dixon added:

“We were pleased to be working with Swindon Borough Council in providing high-quality houses and apartments. At Willmott Dixon, we have a purpose beyond profit, and that includes building spaces that allow people to thrive and go from strength to strength. Nothing is more important to a person than their home, and we are proud to support Swindon Borough Council in their pledge to provide such facilities to their residents.”