Affordable home scheme at Queens Drive said to be steaming ahead

By Jessica Durston - 14 November 2022

CommunityHome and Garden

Swindon Borough Council say that the second stage of the Queens Drive affordable home scheme is picking up traction.

Delivered by Willmott Dixon on behalf of the Council, this initial stage of the development has delivered 32 flats and 15 houses on the site of the former George Gay Gardens building.

The council says the second stage is progressing well, and residents have already moved into the completed first phase earlier this year.

The new homes are said to have been designed to reflect Swindon’s unique heritage, and efforts have been made to incorporate the town’s railway history into the designs. They have also been designed with energy-saving features such as PV panels and triple glazing with bird and bat boxes added to help local wildlife.

Alongside the work, Willmott Dixon says it has taken steps to make the construction site eco-friendly by using 6,100 litres of hydro-treated vegetable oil instead of diesel and reusing or recycling 100 per cent of the demolished materials.

Work is already underway on the second phase of the project, which has resulted in the demolition of the old T-blocks and the start of construction on 68 flats and 34 houses. The council says that there are aims for this to be completed next year.

When fully complete, the scheme will see a total of 149 affordable homes including 100 new flats and 49 houses.

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