Swindon indoor snow centre goes in for planning

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.

A multi use design

The Swindon site will include a 2,000sq m snow centre featuring two real-snow slopes.

In addition:

  • the UK’s largest IMAX screen
  • a bowling alley
  • an indoor trampolining centre
  • a 130-room hotel
  • shops, bars and restaurants.

Design reflecting it’s railway history

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.

(Photo credit: FaulknerBrowns Architects)

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