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BDP shares vision for new mixed district development in Swindon

Wichelstowe mixed-use development, courtesy of BDP

BDP has released designs for Wichelstowe district centre which forms the centrepiece of a new flagship housing development in Swindon.

The latest proposals have now been submitted by Swindon Borough Council for a mixed-use scheme that spans two sides of the Wilts and Berks Canal to create a distinctive, contemporary development that anchors the evolving district centre regeneration.

The East side of the development, Canalside East, will include a block of 14 apartments alongside a gym, with space for a café, adjacent to the canal footbridge.

The second parcel, Canalside West, comprises a larger block of apartments alongside a health centre, pharmacy, community centre and space for offices. This will be complemented by a second block including four units which could be developed with retail or restaurant uses and 12 apartments above. Canalside West would also include a public square which has been designed to accommodate markets or events.


The thousands of new homes at Wichelstowe will be built by the UK’s largest housebuilder Barratt Homes and David Wilson Homes, in partnership with Swindon Borough Council.

The project is one of the largest local authority joint venture agreements in the country, delivering 3,000 new homes over the next 20 years, along with new schools and community facilities. The 250-hectare site on the southern edge of Swindon will include extensive open spaces, nature conservation areas, playing pitches and allotments.

Matthew Mayes, Architect Director at BDP said:

'The designs for Canalside West have been inspired by the communities, natural scenery and history along the canal, drawing on the combined skills across our practice to create an integrated mixed-use development. It will provide a focal point for the community at Wichelstowe, seamlessly blending new facilities, homes, and activities within an attractive urban setting. Buildings with flexible uses and physical connections such as covered walkways, integrated seating and visible shared entrances will foster a strong sense of community'



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