Theatre Square in Swindon has been thriving recently as a result of a number of new shops opening in the area, and a programme to improve empty shop fronts.
A key part of Swindon town centre, Theatre Square – situated beside Regent Circus – is a pedestrianised walkway located near the Wyvern Theatre and the new central library, and joins the southern end of Regent Street – Swindon’s main shopping thoroughfare.
The area has been given a new lease of life with a new Barber shop, Salih Murat, taking up residence in number 15 after signing a five year lease, and Swindon’s Computer Museum has also now located to the Square.
The former post office has recently been let to charity Post Modern, below, who has refurbished and transformed the building into an impressive art gallery which will bring a real cultural side to the area. This has been made possible with the help of Swindon Borough Council, South West RDA (Regional Development Agency) and The New Swindon Company, who have contributed funding to the new doors and windows.
As well as all this, the Canal Trust unit on the corner of Theatre Square has a newly refurbished facade and the existing Britannia offices have had a makeover with the installation of some interactive shop fronts – forming a part of Swindon’s wider plan to transform empty units within the town centre.
Cllr Phil Young, Swindon Borough Council, commented: “It’s great to see that the support we have given charities moving into Theatre Square has started to attract interest from the Commercial Sector. The success of our new Library has also made a huge contribution to the area. With the future public realm works that are planned, Theatre Square will no doubt continue to thrive as a key route into the main shopping street.
Chris Hitchings, Director of Development at The New Swindon Company, added: “Theatre Square has always been a popular area, as it links some of Swindon’s bars and restaurants to the main shopping area. I’m encouraged to see so much activity going on. The new shop fronts really brighten up what would otherwise be empty windows – the creative installations will go a long way towards showing the town in a better light, attracting visitors and cheering up those who visit and work in the area.”
Tony Bray of South West RDA said: “We are pleased to have been able to support the recent development of Theatre Square in Swindon. In today’s difficult economic climate, businesses are facing tough times and it’s great to see such a variety of different organisations locating here. We look forward to continued success in the future and a much improved Swindon town centre.”