FaulknerBrowns Architects has submitted an application for planning permission to Swindon Borough Council on behalf of Seven Capital for a major new indoor snow centre and leisure destination in Swindon.
The Swindon site will not only include a 2,000sq m snow centre featuring two real-snow slopes, but also the UK’s largest IMAX screen; a bowling alley; an indoor trampolining centre and a 130-room hotel. There will also feature a number of shops, bars and restaurants.
The scheme will form part of a complete regeneration of the former industrial land to the north of Swindon town centre known as the North Star site. This land was previously occupied by the Great Western Railway Works, prior to its demolition in 2009 to make way for redevelopment. With this in mind, the project will be influenced by the history of the site, with the building’s elevational design drawing on railway architecture, including a sweeping roof structure that bears similarities with curved Victorian railway stations, such as Bristol Temple Meads.
If approved, the scheme will become the architects’ fifth indoor snow complex and only the seventh in the UK.
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