Work starts on £35m Outlet Village extension in Swindon

Swindon Advertiser: Above, at the Outlet Village Long Shop, from left, Paul Briggs CEO of the Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce group, Sven Gaede UK, MD of McArthurGlen, Tina Cumpstey, centre manager at Swindon Designer Outlet, and MP Justin Tomlinson Buy this photo » Above, at the Outlet Village Long Shop, from left, Paul Briggs CEO of the Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce group, Sven Gaede UK, MD of McArthurGlen, Tina Cumpstey, centre manager at Swindon Designer Outlet, and MP Justin Tomlinson

WORK has started on a major multi-million pound extension to the Outlet Village which will create 350 jobs for the town.

Yesterday morning, the diggers moved on to the whopping £35m development, which will see the Long Shop building, part of the Grade II-listed Great Western Railway Works, become 30 extra shops.

The project will also see alterations within the existing centre with a new food court being developed and the exterior made more welcoming for shoppers.

Its design has won praise from politicians and local residents who say the plans will not only improve the local economy but also highlight Swindon’s heritage.

The works are due to take place in three stages and is set to be completed by March 2015.

Several stores currently open will move to the Long Shop area, which will link the whole outlet centre in a 1.3km loop, but more are due to be added, creating hundreds of new jobs.

“We have always embraced the heritage of this area and will continue to do that with the Long Shop as the history is very important to us,” said Tina Cumpstey, the centre manager.

“I think this work complements the rest of the growth in Swindon right now and we are very excited about everyone seeing it when the work is done.

“Today is a huge day as we have been planning it for so long it is great to finally see the work begin.”

It is a year to the day permission was granted for the extension. The first stage will see a new food court constructed in time for spring next year with the Long Shop being ready for September.

The Rodbourne Community History Group has said it is delighted with the plans and pleased McArthurGlen, the owners, have taken the Long Shop’s past into account.

Secretary of the history group, Gordon Shaw, 67, said: “Most of the time developers just bulldoze over a building with no consideration of its past.

“This hasn’t been done here and the plans look very good. The building was just standing unloved so it will be good to see it being brought back to life.

“We have worked with McArthurGlen for about 10 years now and we have a very good relationship with them.”

Swindon North MP Justin Tomlinson said: “The £35 million investment is a clear sign yet again that Swindon is now the choice for businesses, with 300,000 people living within 20 minutes and another 3m living within an hour of Swindon.

“Combined with the growing local economy and the town centre developments Swindon is now hugely attractive to those who are looking to invest.”

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9:31am Tue 10 Dec 13

A.Baron-Cohen says...

Excellent news, however this is not how we should rebalance the Economy.
Hopefully this will maybe push the council to upgrade the sad looking Rodborne area.
Excellent news, however this is not how we should rebalance the Economy. Hopefully this will maybe push the council to upgrade the sad looking Rodborne area. A.Baron-Cohen

12:55pm Tue 10 Dec 13

dukeofM4 says...

It's good news the jobs are created, however, we must not lose sight these are mostly £6.31 an hour positions which some people get tax credits on top if they work at least 16 hours per week. In some cases that tax credits are worth more than the actual pay. So I suppose they turn into £12 an hour jobs from that point of view.

Swindon needs more £30,000+ per year jobs to support revitalising the town centre. We need more IT, finance, health care/research, or universities/centres of education to change Swindon.

Getting a few new warehouses, or a few companies setting up a manufacturing site in itself won't do it.
It's good news the jobs are created, however, we must not lose sight these are mostly £6.31 an hour positions which some people get tax credits on top if they work at least 16 hours per week. In some cases that tax credits are worth more than the actual pay. So I suppose they turn into £12 an hour jobs from that point of view. Swindon needs more £30,000+ per year jobs to support revitalising the town centre. We need more IT, finance, health care/research, or universities/centres of education to change Swindon. Getting a few new warehouses, or a few companies setting up a manufacturing site in itself won't do it. dukeofM4

2:06pm Tue 10 Dec 13

twasadawf says...

Can't beat a bit of shopping
Can't beat a bit of shopping twasadawf

2:14pm Tue 10 Dec 13

The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man says...

dukeofM4 wrote:
It's good news the jobs are created, however, we must not lose sight these are mostly £6.31 an hour positions which some people get tax credits on top if they work at least 16 hours per week. In some cases that tax credits are worth more than the actual pay. So I suppose they turn into £12 an hour jobs from that point of view.

Swindon needs more £30,000+ per year jobs to support revitalising the town centre. We need more IT, finance, health care/research, or universities/centres of education to change Swindon.

Getting a few new warehouses, or a few companies setting up a manufacturing site in itself won't do it.
Completely agree. The Swindon development company should be capitalising on the fact we have big players such as Intel, Nationwide, Honda, BMW here. For some reason they are incapable or unwilling to exploit those strengths.
[quote][p][bold]dukeofM4[/bold] wrote: It's good news the jobs are created, however, we must not lose sight these are mostly £6.31 an hour positions which some people get tax credits on top if they work at least 16 hours per week. In some cases that tax credits are worth more than the actual pay. So I suppose they turn into £12 an hour jobs from that point of view. Swindon needs more £30,000+ per year jobs to support revitalising the town centre. We need more IT, finance, health care/research, or universities/centres of education to change Swindon. Getting a few new warehouses, or a few companies setting up a manufacturing site in itself won't do it.[/p][/quote]Completely agree. The Swindon development company should be capitalising on the fact we have big players such as Intel, Nationwide, Honda, BMW here. For some reason they are incapable or unwilling to exploit those strengths. The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man

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