New vistas are being opened up for people living in Old Town as the slow demolition of the former Swindon College building at Regent Circus nears completion.
The 1960’s building has been regarded as an eyesore in the town centre for many years, even when in use for education, and its removal is welcomed as a step in the regeneration of the central area of Swindon.
The last remnants have been chewed away by giant machinery during the week, providing a point of interest for customers at the Beehive pub on Eastcott Hill.
The last rites will be performed early next week when the remains will be reduced to a pile below the height of the fence surrounding the site.
Now people walking down the hill from Old Town will be able to see the Regent Street area and Princes Street, and all the way to the new housing at St Andrew’s Ridge, and Blunsdon.
Later in the year work Ashfield Land will start its £50 million redevelopment of the site which will include a six screen cinema, eight restaurants and a supermarket. See the artist impression below of what is to replace the college building Read a description of the plans here
The £500 million worth of re-development projects in Swindon Town Centre are a welcome boost to the construction sector which is one of the worst hit parts of the UK economy presently suffering the impact of a double-dip recession.
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