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New lease of life for empty shops

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1-3 Faringdon Road1-3 Faringdon RoadA pair of Swindon town centre shops, which have remained vacant for a number of years, are to be redeveloped as part of a £600,000 deal.

Swindon Council’s regeneration agency, Forward Swindon, has awarded a contract to Swindon-based SAS Build Limited to create two retail units and eight homes at Faringdon House, on the junction of Faringdon Road and Catherine Street.

The regeneration will see two self-contained shops of 1,087 sq ft and 1,420 sq ft for lease, and eight new homes for sale.

SAS Build, which won the contract following a competitive tender, will start on site early September and the build is scheduled for completion early in 2018.

Cllr Garry Perkins, Swindon Council’s cabinet member for regeneration, said: “The refurbishment of these two properties are just a small part of our plans to improve the link between the Great Western Works railway heritage quarter with the town centre.

“The homes will be a mix of studios and two-bedroom apartments including one duplex apartment. All will be finished to a high standard internally and externally the building will receive a sympathetic treatment to reflect the period of the building. This will really help improve the look of this area of town and improve the retail choice.”

Nick Underwood, MD of SAS Build, said: “SAS Build Ltd is excited to be involved in such an important project for the town and are looking forward to working with Forward Swindon on the development.

“As a resident of Swindon I have driven past the building many times and have admired its period features, we now have the opportunity to bring them back to their original condition for all to enjoy in the future.”

Faringdon House was erected in 1897 and was previously occupied by Swindon Citizens Advice Bureau.