Swindon Designer Outlet Centre

This project comprised of the refurbishment and extension of an existing high-end shopping centre, housed in a series of historic railway buildings.


  • Project Cost £25 million
  • Architect Pod Architects Ltd
  • Images Fluid Structures / McLaren Construction

Works included the renewal and conversion of the disused Grade II Listed ‘Long Shop’, a stunning 200m long x 25m wide railway building dating back to the 1870’s.

Alongside this, the refurbishment of the existing shopping centre spaces required critical structural input in determining how best to connect new structures into listed and historic walls. It also required input regarding the support of the original roof structures where internal walls are to be removed.

Other structural interventions forming a part of the project scope included a series of delicate free-standing canopy structures to link up existing malls, and the introduction of new lightweight roof structures to generate new internal mall spaces.

Complementing the existing railway architecture has been a key driver here, but with a willingness to introduce modern structural materials and contemporary forms.

The Long Shop Mall
Tension Fabric Canopy
View on Historic Construction