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Engineering at Brunel Shopping Centre in Swindon

The Brunel Centre was first built in 1978. It was revamped in the 1990s and was turned into Brunel Arcade and Brunel Plaza. ​​It was one of the first to have shops-facing outwards into the neighbouring streets, rather than a purely interior shopping street. A revolutionary idea was to get rid of the delivery lorries by putting a delivery deck on the roof with arrival and departure spirals on Farnsby Street and Davis Place, leaving adjacent streets safe and free from traffic for full pedestrian use.


The introduction of the food course zone “Crossing ” is intended to offer customers a new experience by providing a new and improved food offer within the existing shopping centre. The location of the “Crossing” has been carefully selected to strengthen the links between the Arcade and the Plaza elements of the Shopping Centre by utilising the existing first floor bridge link.

The proposed alterations facilitate several different food operators to be sited together to create an active, vibrant zone at the heart of the centre. It is intended that the food cluster will create its own identity to compliment the rest of the Brunel.

A key element to the success of the proposals is the introduction of a new access directly from Canal Walk via an enclosed up only escalator which discharges directly into the heart of the new development area.

We have undertaken the initial feasibility stage and assisted in schematic design development, which has been supporting the overall financial viability of the project, as well as the Planning submission.

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