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Heritage Action Zone





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The Swindon Heritage Action Zone (HAZ) was launched in June 2019, an ambitious five year plan to revitalise the town’s unique heritage and unlock its economic potential.

The Swindon Heritage Action Zone aims to breathe new life into the town’s Railway Village, an area rich in heritage and full of promise, to make it a more attractive place to residents, businesses, tourists and investors.

Over the five year programme, Swindon Borough Council and Historic England have jointly committed to an investment of £7.6 million on these significant areas.

16 Key projects:

  • Reviewing the Railway Works and Railway Village Conservation Areas, to better understand issues affecting them and to plan for their future management
  • Producing updated list descriptions for some buildings, and gathering evidence for a Local List
  • A shopfront improvement scheme to help local businesses stand out and thrive
  • Improving the condition of the Health Hydro and its immediate surroundings
  • Refurbishing the Grade II Cricketers’ and bringing it back into use
  • Repairing and reusing the Grade II Carriage Works as a new co-working business hub and a Cultural Heritage Institute
  • Securing a sustainable future for the Grade II* Listed Mechanics’ Institution
  • Producing and putting in place a management plan for the GWR Park


  • Swindon Borough Council
  • Historic England
  • Mechanics Institution Trust
  • Swindon & Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership
  • National Lottery Heritage Fund
  • National Trust
  • Swindon Designer Outlet
  • Swindon Business Improvement District
  • English Heritage