The Swindon heritage action zone
The Heritage Action Zone (HAZ) initiative is offered by Historic England as a vehicle for revitalising under used historic areas in order to bring about wider economic and social growth. Since 2016, twenty Heritage Action Zones have been launched and in 2019 Swindon became the second town in the South West to achieve HAZ status.
The Swindon Heritage Action Zone (HAZ) will focus on the area around Swindon’s historic railway village. An ambitious masterplan has been prepared which will deliver enhancements to key historic buildings and spaces. These include 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 better connect the area to the wider town centre. Promotional events, exhibitions, publications and tours will be organised to raise awareness of Swindon’s history for residents and visitors and to draw people to the area.
The Swindon HAZ was officially launched on 6 June 2019 and will last for five years. Throughout this period the council and its partners will be able to access much needed heritage expertise and funding from Historic England to help deliver the regeneration.
A project officer has been appointed to oversee the projects. You can contact them at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sources of information
A map of the Swindon HAZ area is available to view and download below:
You can also visit the HAZ webpages on the Historic England website.
Heritage Open Days - 11-20 September 2020
Lockdown has sadly prevented any buildings in Swindon from opening their doors to visitors this year. Instead we are offering a virtual tour of the Railway Village and of the interior of the newly refurbished Pattern Store, now creatively repurposed as the Pattern Church by the Diocese of Bristol.
Simply visit the Heritage Open Days website and search for Swindon.
You can also take a self-guided walking tour of the area using this map prepared by Historic England which includes lots of information about the fascinating buildings to be seen in the Railway Village.
To take an on-line tour of the HAZ area revealing the location of key projects, see the Historic England’s digital Railway Heritage map.
Historic England’s Exhibitions and Images team have created a Google Arts and Culture exhibit gallery to enable you to take a visual journey through Swindon's development as a railway town from the comfort of your home.
There will be many opportunities for people to get involved in the Swindon HAZ as the projects get going.
Progress on the Swindon Heritage Action Zone projects can be found on the following webpages: