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Project Value


Via the SCAPE Framework


Phase of the Project

Queens Drive Phase 1B

Supporting Swindon Borough Council to provide a range of quality, affordable homes to buy and rent

Our team of residential specialists completed the second phase of the Queens Drive housing development, creating more than 100 homes for local people in Swindon.

Working with Swindon Borough Council and procured using the Scape National Major Works framework, this project saw out team demolish four derelict residential towers to make way for 68 new apartments and 34 houses. Phase 1B is the latest step in the Queens Drive development, with Willmott Dixon previously delivering Phase 1A to create 15 houses and 32 apartments.

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Affordable and sustainable homes

As well as increasing the number of affordable homes in Swindon, the development acts as a gateway to the town, providing easy access to Swindon town centre. Furthermore, the buildings at Queens Drive have been carefully designed to pay homage to Swindon’s unique heritage as a rail industry powerhouse. The apartments have been constructed using the same grid formation of the site’s former engine sheds, which used to house, repair and maintain trains.

The homes include solar panels and have triple glazing, while dozens of bird boxes have been installed and more trees planted to promote local wildlife.

What people are saying:

Councillor Janine Howarth, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, said:

“I’m very pleased to see this scheme is close to completion and I hope that everyone that moves in will be very happy living here. “It’s important that Swindon has affordable housing for our residents. Not only that, but we must also make sure these developments improve our local environment, and the inclusion of solar panels and bird boxes is a huge positive for the local area.”

Councillor Jim Robbins, Leader of Swindon Borough Council, added:

“It’s great to see this scheme completed and it’s positive that the units are already being occupied by residents. This scheme fits our three main missions of Building a Better Swindon, Reducing Inequality and Achieving Net Zero and I’m sure the new units will be great to live in.
We also intend to build on this project with more affordable housing and we hope to have some big announcements in the near future.”

The Queens Drive regeneration project was funded from Homes England Grant, the Council’s Housing Revenue Account (HRA), and borrowing offset against the rent income generated by the homes.

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  • Forms part of Swindon Borough Council’s wider plans to build more affordable homes.
  • This is part of their pledge to provide a range of quality housing options in Swindon.
  • Project is the 2nd phase of the Queens Drive project, 1A completed in Spring 2022.




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