Swindon Borough Council has moved forward with its plans to restore The Mechanics' Institute and put it back into public hands.
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The council has been working closely with partners Historic England, the Mechanics' Institution Trust, Theatres Trust and the Architectural Heritage Fund to secure the future of the building.
Cllr Dale Heenan, Cabinet Member for the Town Centre, said: "I am delighted that my Cabinet colleagues agreed to take this important step in pursuit of the ultimate goal of regenerating the Mechanics’ Institute.
"Officers will now begin to make the necessary preparations.”