Swindon Borough Council has awarded a contract to Willmott Dixon for phase 1B of the Queens Drive housing development in Swindon, the UK.

The contract, worth £18.5m, was procured using the Scape framework.

Scope of work involves the demolition of four derelict residential towers to make space for the construction of 68 new apartments and 34 houses.

Willmott Dixon is already working on the Queens Drive Phase 1A, a £11.5m contract awarded to construct 15 new houses and 32 apartments.

The new houses in phase 1A will range from two- to three-stories. The apartments will be built in two blocks, each comprising four-stories.

The Queens Drive’s redevelopment project is claimed to be one of Swindon Borough Council’s major house building projects.

It will involve construction of 149 affordable homes, including 100 new apartments and 49 new houses.

Swindon Borough Council Housing and Public Safety cabinet member Cathy Martyn said: “This development delivers much needed, affordable housing in Swindon through the Council’s biggest regeneration scheme to date.

“Along with the housing, we’ve taken steps to ensure that the homes are as climate friendly as possible by using PV cells and triple glazing, as well as taking steps to ensure the local wildlife continues to thrive with the help of new bat boxes.

“I understand the importance of investing in our local communities and building good quality, affordable housing in Swindon is a top priority for this Council.”

The council is providing funding for the regeneration project from Homes England Grant, its housing revenue account (HRA).


The Queens Drive’s redevelopment project involve construction of 149 affordable homes. Credit: Willmott Dixon.