First phase of Queens Drive house building project completed

Swindon Borough Council is working with Willmott Dixon on landmark social housing project.

Working on behalf of Swindon Borough Council, Willmott Dixon construction has now delivered 32 flats and 15 houses as part of the Queens Drive Phase 1A project.

This is one of Swindon Borough Council’s major house building projects to help achieve its pledge to build new affordable homes and develop brownfield sites.

The plans for regeneration at Queens Drive involve building 149 affordable homes – 100 new flats and 49 new houses.

Phase 1A of the project comprised of the demolition of the George Gay Gardens’ site, completed in April 2020, and the construction of 32 flats and 15 houses, which is now completed.

The house stock ranges from two to three storey houses constructed in three blocks. The apartments are constructed in two blocks, each block made up of four storeys.

Sarah Bastajian, Director at Willmott Dixon, said: "The positive impact of this project is already being felt. In addition to supporting the local workforce, our team was able to support apprenticeships at New College Swindon."

“We strongly believe that projects must positively contribute to their communities and this project was no different."

While delivering Phase 1A at Queens Drive, Willmott Dixon continued its relationship with Swindon Borough Council after being selected for Phase 1B. The scope of work involves the demolition of four derelict residential towers to make space for the construction of 68 new apartments and 34 houses.

Willmott Dixon is a privately-owned contracting and interior fit-out group. Founded in 1852, they remain family run and dedicated to leaving a positive legacy in our communities and environment.

In 2014, the company won a Queen's Award for Enterprise for sustainable development, underlining its impeccable environment credentials.