£700m overhaul of Swindon Honda site approved


Plans to transform the former site of a leading car manufacturer to a sprawling logistics depot costing £700 million have been approved, it was reported.  

Swindon Honda site
Swindon Honda site. Credit: UMC Architects and Swindon Borough Council.

Real estate developer Panattoni has won permission to redevelop the former Honda of the UK Manufacturing (Honda) site in Swindon, wrote Business Live. 

The Japanese automaker sold the 370-acre property to Panattoni in 2021 as part of a major company restructure which saw the cessation of production at the plant earlier that year. 

At the time, Jason Smith, director at Honda UK, said: “We are confident that the new owner can bring the development forward in a commercially timely fashion and generate exciting prospects for Swindon and the wider community.” 

Panattoni intends to begin construction of 10 new warehouse depots of various sizes and specifications, to be used for storage and distribution, according to the BBC Local Democracy Reporting service.   

The scheme will create 7,000 direct jobs, 5,000 related roles, and could add £295 million a year to the local economy, development director James Watson told Swindon Borough Council.  

A planning application also outlines the ‘demolition of all buildings, alterations to the existing northern and southern accesses, construction of internal estate roads, strategic structural landscaping, drainage infrastructure and earthworks’.  

Landscaping and biodiversity measures, including a “large park with a lagoon”, are also planned for the site.  

Panattoni was approached for further comment on which construction firms it is working with.  

However, documents do suggest Stantec and UMC Architects are involved. 

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