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

A planning application has been approved to convert 9,845 sq ft of the West Shed into workspace that will be shared by local businesses. We have now received a number of bids from potential tenants, and we are in the process of instructing an operator for the space.  Contractors Sienna have been instructed and works have commenced, including painting of the roof trusses and preparation of the stairs and lift in the main reception area.

View planning application here


Phase 2

…will be this conversion of the remaining 47,000 sq ft of the West Shed to create flexible spaces for small and large businesses. This will be multi-use space designed to attract a mix of business – digital arts, learning, artist studios and creative industries. A yard space between the East and West buildings for outdoor events and a café will be created.

Phase 3

The East Shed will provide 58,556 sq ft 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.