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 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.
A map of the Swindon HAZ area is available to view and download below:
To take an on-line tour of the HAZ area revealing the location of key projects, see Historic England’s digital Railway Heritage Map.
There will be many opportunities for people to get involved in the Swindon HAZ as the projects get going. You can also visit Historic England’s website.
Progress on the Swindon Heritage Action Zone projects can be found on the following webpages: