Redefining the Railway Heritage Quarter as a destination for culture, learning, working and living.

The Carriage Works, including the Great Western Railway pedestrian tunnel under the tracks are a unique, historic mixed-use development opportunity, west of Swindon station.

They are central to Swindon’s history and part of the Railway Village Conservation Area. Built by Isambard Kingdom Brunel to assemble train carriages, the Carriage Works offer historic, flexible, robust, industrial workspace that creative companies love. Forward Swindon’s plans include four phases:

Phase 1

Carriage Works will be home to an exciting new innovation incubator hub – a managed workspace for the nurturing of small and growing businesses. Contractors Sienna are now on site refurbishing 7,000 sqft of the West Shed to provide modern and flexible work spaces alongside meeting rooms and facilities.

We have received a large number of bids from potential tenants, and we are in the process of appointing an operator to manage the refurbished space from March 2018.

Funding has now been secured to refurbish a further 6,000 sqft of the West Shed, to provide additional desk spaces and facilities at the innovation incubator hub.

View planning application here

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Phase 2

Phase 2 will involve the refurbishment of the remaining 47,000 sqft of the West Shed to create modern work spaces and supporting services and amenities within a creative ‘campus’ environment. Funding has now been secured for the refurbishment of around 15,000 sqft of space alongside the business incubation hub. Construction works will commence in 2018 subject to design and planning.

Phase 3

The East Shed will provide 58,556 sqft of workspace for a similar mix of businesses, tech companies, start-ups and SMEs needing affordable, flexible space in easy reach of the station, London and Bristol.


Phase 4

The Bristol Street Tunnel – plans are being finalised for the upgrading of the GWR Bristol Street Tunnel, the main north-south pedestrian link between the town centre and the Outlook retail centre and Steam. A bid for funding has been submitted.

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