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Indoor snow centre ploughs through

Words: Laura Edgar
Swindon Indoor Snow Centre / FaulknerBrowns Architects

Plans for a £270 million indoor snow centre and leisure centre in Swindon have been approved by Swindon Borough Council’s planning committee.

North Star Village will become the fifth snow slope designed by the practice, and only the seventh in the UK.

Developer SevenCapital’s plans includes two real snow indoor ski slopes; circa 500,000 square feet of retail, dining and leisure; a 13-screen cinema, including Europe’s largest IMAX screen; a 19-lane bowling alley; and around 27,000 square feet of trampolining.

The centre will be built on former industrial land to the north of Swindon town centre known as the North Star site. The land was previously occupied by the Great Western Railway Works, prior to demolition in 2009.

Designed by FaulknerBrowns Architects, two linear forms of the convergent slopes frame the corner of the site and form a backdrop for a circular rotunda that is set between.

SevenCapital has an agreement with a major funder and secured 50 per cent pre-lets ahead of planning consent. It is hoped that work will begin on site in May 2019, with the build expected to take a little under two years.

John Watkins, director at SevenCapital said: “Since taking on the project in July 2017 the team has worked tirelessly to deliver on our promises to submit plans for an exciting regional leisure and retail destination that Swindon and the wider UK will benefit from significantly. We have delivered on all our planning promises and are now looking forward to getting on site and bringing those plans to life.”

Image credit | FaulknerBrowns Architects