Massive skyscrapers might be coming to the heart of Swindon.

FI Real Estate Management, the Manchester company which owns the Brunel shopping centre in the centre of town has revealed hugely ambitious plans to regenerate the Wharf Green end of its complex.

The company wants to build two enormous tower block, one 20 storeys and the other 24 storeys.

At the bottom will be shops and leisure uses such as restaurants and bars, and above could be 280 one and two bed room flats across the two towers.

A spokesperson for FI Real Estate Management said: “We are hugely excited about our plans to regenerate and make better use of this prominent site by working in partnership with Swindon Borough Council, our tenants, businesses and the local community. The retail landscape of town centres is rapidly changing and it is crucial that we adopt an innovative approach to meet the demands of people in Swindon. This emerging scheme will be subject to further discussion with the local planning authority following the consultation feedback and prior to submission of an outline planning application. We very much look forward to hearing the public’s views and feedback at the event.”

The property company says it will also construct a rooftop garden above the first floor leisure space, lounge area, private dining, meeting rooms and co-working spaces.

The company's spokesman added: "It is envisaged that up to approximately 30,000 square feet of leisure space will breathe new life into the town centre’s evening economy and act as an anchor for the southern end of the centre, making it more accessible and appealing for residents to use particularly around Wharf Green. The redevelopment will also provide the opportunity to enhance the current shopping arcade.

"In addition, a much-needed public greenspace will be created in place of the concrete access ramp that currently serves the units, benefitting shoppers, residents and workers alike, as well as a pocket park created in Farnsby Street."

Swindon Borough Council's cabinet member for the town centre, Dale Heenan is excited by the proposals: "Barely a month goes by without a major retailer or restaurant chain announcing problems because of online shopping and changing buying habits.

" Local residents know change is needed in our town centre, and the owners of the Brunel Centre are trying to make that happen.

"It is crucial residents comment on these credible plans because this is our towns one opportunity to get it right or face the status quo for another 20 years.

" It might be over £40 million of investment for our town, but it is the park, rooftop gardens, and the equivalent of 15 tennis courts of leisure uses which are important because they will fundamentally change the area around Wharf Green, and replace the House of Fraser store."

Labour councillor for the Central ward, Bob Wright, was more circumspect: "This is a bit speculative - there are a number of permissions and proposals for the town centre. There's one for towers on the site of the covered market.

"With those having permission, and DMJ tower, I don't think there can be an objection to these towers.

"Towers over six storeys are very expensive to build - which means the flats will be expensive and I'm concerned that the well-heeled won't want to live in them if the developers don't provide parking."

Public drop in sessions for anyone to look at the plans and speak to the company are arranged for Wednesday and Thursday between 1.30pm and 6.30pm at Unit 15, Ground Floor, The Arcade, The Brunel Shopping Centre,next to the mall entrance of Buzz Gym.