Transformation of building in heart of Swindon complete

By Barrie Hudson - 15 November 2023


FI Real Estate Management has announced the completion of its £8 million transformation of 1 Newbridge Square in Swindon.

The project is part of the wider £1bn regeneration of Swindon, with a strong emphasis on sustainable design and occupier wellness. 

The building, which was the former home of Zurich Insurance, has been transformed into a state-of-the-art business address, with high specification office and retail space. 

1 Newbridge Square has a total of 100,000sqft of office space, with flexible floorplates available up to 24,000sqft. 

There is an environmental management system which minimises onsite energy usage, including the installation of solar panels. This is supported by key environmental credentials including EPC A and BREEAM Excellent. 

Dominic Knowles, Head of Offices at FI Estate Management, said: “We are immensely proud of 1 Newbridge Square. We believe it’s an incredible workspace and a real asset for Swindon, which brings ‘London quality’ offices to the South West. 

“We’ve already shown the space to many global and local businesses who are in conversation to potentially relocate, and we’ve been blown away by their amazing feedback and positive comments.” 

Interior highlights include two living trees living in the reception area, and a 7550mm by 4000 mm living wall, features which the company says are proven to increase productivity, improve air quality and regulate temperature. Complementing these are occupier amenities including fitness and gym facilities, cycle and scooter provisions, EV charging points, on-site retail, a business lounge and an event space which can be adapted for a variety of uses, from yoga classes to business conferences. 

Tim Knowles, Founder and Managing Director at FI Estate Management, said: “At FI Real Estate Management our passion lies in creating attractive, sustainable and unique spaces, and 1 Newbridge Square embodies all of these key elements and more. 

“We wanted to be part of the exciting £1 billion regeneration that is happening right now in Swindon, and enable businesses to grow in a wellness-focused, user-centred workspace, as well as being at the forefront of improving the town’s eco strategy as a climate positive asset.”  

FI Real Estate Management operates a portfolio which covers over 15m sqft, including 5m sqft of new build developments, across the nation, with assets totalling in excess £1.2bn.

Cushman & Wakefield, Loveday, and Smethurst are acting as joint agents for the office space.


Your Comments

Be the first to comment on this article

Login or Register to post a comment on this article

Subscribe to The Link

Registered in England & Wales. No: 4513027, Positive Media Group, Old Bank House, 5 Devizes Road, Old Town, Swindon, SN1 4BJ