The Swindon heritage action zone
The Heritage Action Zone (HAZ) initiative is offered by Historic England to revitalise under used historic areas. This is in order to bring about wider economic and social growth. Eighteen Heritage Action Zones have been launched since 2016 and this year, Swindon became the second town in the South West to achieve HAZ status.
The Swindon HAZ will focus on the area around Swindon’s historic railway village. An exciting plan has been prepared to deliver enhancements to key historic buildings such as the Health Hydro, the Cricketers, the Carriage Works, the Mechanics’ Institute and GWR Park. Footpaths, signage and public spaces will also be improved in order to connect the area to the wider town centre. Promotional events, exhibitions, publications and tours will be organised. This is to raise awareness of Swindon’s history with residents and visitors and to draw people into the area.
The Swindon HAZ was officially launched on Thursday, 6 June 2019 and will last for five years. Throughout this period, the council and its partners will be able to access expertise and funding from Historic England to help deliver the initiative. A project officer has been appointed to oversee all of the projects.
There will be many opportunities for people to get involved in the Swindon HAZ. Further information will be posted as the projects get going. The Historic England website will also provide more information.
Key to photographs: 1) Bristol St, 2) Bathampton St and the Mechanics’ Institute, 3) GWR Park, 4) The Platform, 5) The Mechanics’ Institute, 6) Railway Village cottages, 7) The Glue Pot public house, 8) The Bakers’ Arms, 9) The Mechanics’ Institute, 10) St Mark’s Church, 11) Alleyway between Railway Village cottages, 12) Railway Village courtyard.