25 February 2021/ Area guides

Office leasing guide: Swindon

Offices to rent in Swindon

Swindon is an attractive town with many heritage buildings and green spaces, fringed by countryside and Wiltshire villages. Its industrial history dates back to Victorian times, when it was home to an important railway works building locomotives for the Great Western Railway. The Swindon Railway Works, founded by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, was the major employer and helped the town become known for engineering excellence. During World War II, the aircraft factory at South Marston built many of the country's Spitfires. Post-war, two companies dominated the town: Pressed Steel, which made car bodies for the motor industry, and Plessey, which made electronic components used in household appliances all over the UK.

Manufacturing still plays a significant role in Swindon, with major employers like Honda and BMW/Mini based in the town. Other key industries include engineering, defence and life sciences, and the town has a growing reputation for innovation.

Technology is a growing sector, employing around 10,000 people. In 2020, the town hosted the inaugural Tech Swindon Summit, promoting local technology businesses and talent. Tourism is also important. With its restored railway village, historic canals, museums and proximity to Avebury, Stonehenge and the Cotswolds, Swindon is fast becoming popular with British and foreign visitors.

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Swindon town centre is home to many top businesses, including Intel and Nationwide.

Five minutes from the railway station, Kimmerfields is the town's multi-million-pound business district, where Zurich Insurance is building a new headquarters. Plans for a brand new £80m Cultural Quarter here, with a theatre, art gallery and museum, have also recently been approved.

The old, regenerated Railway Quarter is another popular spot. It has offices, shops and apartment blocks in restored listed buildings, and is home to the National Trust's central office and Swindon's Designer Outlet Centre.

Many Swindon companies are also based outside the town in industrial and business parks, including Kembrey Park and Cheney Manor to the north, Windmill Hill to the west and South Marston to the north-east.

An hour's drive south is Porton Science Park, where you can find most of the life science technology companies, including Dstl, PHE Porton, Biopharma Ltd and Ploughshare Innovations Ltd.

Getting around Swindon

Trains link Swindon to major cities across the UK

Swindon boasts excellent rail links to other parts of the UK. With GWR, you can travel to London Paddington in 58 minutes or Bristol Temple Meads in just over an hour. Other major cities can also be reached by train, including Cheltenham and Cardiff.

There's an excellent bus network

Buses, operated by Swindon Bus Company and Stagecoach West, are the main form of public transport for getting around town, and a new bus interchange is due to be completed by the end of 2022. Buses also link the town to the business parks, with good value weekly and monthly tickets available. With National Express, you can go further afield to Gatwick and Heathrow airports, London, Oxford, Northampton, Bristol, and other cities.

Swindon is surrounded by airports

The closest airport is Bristol, where you can fly to Belfast, Glasgow, Edinburgh and many destinations in Europe. Several other airports are less than 100 miles away including Cardiff, Birmingham, Gatwick, Exeter and Southampton.

The M4 is close by

If you're travelling by car, the M4 motorway, connecting London to South Wales, is just 10 minutes from the centre of town. Several major A roads lead to neighbouring towns like Malmesbury and cities including Oxford, Bristol and Northampton.

Swindon is a bike-friendly town

A popular way to get from place to place in Swindon is by bike. A network of cycle paths criss-crosses the town, and national cycle routes link the town to neighbouring villages.

Offices to let in Swindon

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There's a wide range of hotels

If you need a room for the night, Swindon has plenty of options from budget up to luxury. In the town centre, good value choices include Ibis Budget, Jurys Inn, and Travelodge Swindon Central.

More upmarket options include the Swindon Marriott which has a pool, spa and fitness centre, or the Doubletree by Hilton, which has a business centre and brasserie.

For a luxurious stay, a handful of country house hotels are located outside the town, including Blunsdon House Hotel and Stanton House Hotel, which are both surrounded by lovely gardens.

Swindon has food from all over the world

Swindon has a surprising number of restaurants dishing up global cuisine. You can choose from Lebanese at Lamaya, Italian at Marios in the Old Town, Asian-inspired dishes at Kenzo 72, or steak and craft beer at Weighbridge. And for a taste of England, there's also classic British pub food, oysters and champagne at the Royal Oak.

If you have a client to impress, Rick Stein's restaurant in Marlborough has seafood inspired by Stein's native Cornwall. And in Malmesbury, Whatley Manor dining room has been awarded two Michelin stars and is one of the classiest choices in the area.

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Swindon has meeting spaces in town and further afield

Whatever style of meeting you have planned, you'll find a location in Swindon ideally suited to it. Fig Offices in Newbridge Close couldn't be more central, and is perfect for a quick get together, with five meeting rooms accommodating up to 12 people. In London Street, the Workshed has a trendy industrial vibe, ideal for start-ups with several meeting rooms and open-plan spaces. Digital Mansion Corsham is another old manor house converted into a space for start-ups and small businesses.

For more of an away-day feel, Stanton House Hotel can accommodate between 10 and 100 people for meetings and conferences and is set in extensive grounds on the edge of the Cotswolds.

Other useful amenities

There are several lovely parks and gardens around town where you can reconnect with nature after work or during your lunch hour. The historic Old Town Gardens are nice for a quick break in the fresh air. The Lawns is a pocket of nature within the city ideal for longer walks or running.

For a weekend shopping trip, you can visit Regent Circus with its restaurants and cinema or the Brunei Centre, which has an array of well-known brands.

Keeping fit while in Swindon couldn't be easier. Take part in a wealth of different sports at the Link Centre, from football to ice skating, or learn to rock climb at Rockstar Climbing. Gyms are dotted around the town, some conveniently located at the business parks, which is ideal if that's where you're based. Or, you can get out into the Wiltshire countryside and explore some of the lovely country parks on the doorstep.

Offices, serviced offices and co-working spaces to rent in Swindon

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Notable tenants in Swindon

  • Intel
  • Zurich Insurance
  • Npower
  • Dyson
  • Honda
  • Nationwide
  • Catalent, Inc
  • WH Smith
  • Arval

Key agents operating in Swindon

  • Hartnell Taylor Cook
  • Smethurst Property Consultants
  • Keningtons LLP
  • Knight Frank LLP
  • Whitmarsh Lockhart

Interesting facts about Swindon

  • The high-tech Spectrum Building, formerly the Renault Centre, was designed by renowned British architect Norman Foster and featured in the James Bond film A View to a Kill. It is now a Grade II listed building.
  • Swindon's Mechanics Institute, paid for by the workers of the Great Western Railway, was home to the first lending library in Britain.
  • Just prior to his death, famous spy novelist Ian Fleming lived outside Swindon in a house in Sevenhampton, and is buried in the churchyard there.
  • Swindon railway station had one of the first railway refreshment rooms in Britain, serving pork pies to hungry travellers as they waited for their trains to change locomotives.