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Shopping centre expansion could create hundreds of jobs

If it is given the go ahead 30 new retail units will open at the centre Photo:

Hundreds of jobs could be created in Swindon if plans for a multi-million pound expansion of the Swindon Designer Outlet are approved. Plans have been submitted to Swindon Borough Council for a 50,000sqft expansion of the shopping centre.

There are plans to expand Swindon Designer Outlet, which was opened in 1997 Credit: ITV West Country

The proposals for the £35-million development include the regeneration of the historic Long Shop, built in 1874 as part of the Grade II-listed Great Western Railway Works.

If it is given the go ahead 30 new retail units will open at the centre, bringing the total number of people employed there from 750 to 1,100. It’s hoped such an investment would attract more shoppers to the town as a whole.

It's hoped the planned investment could bring more shoppers to Swindon town centre too Credit: ITV West Country

The application has been submitted by Henderson Global Investors, on behalf of Swindon Designer Outlet, which is managed by McArthur Glen. The developers say their plans ensure the conservation of the Long Shop’s original structure.

The regeneration represents a significant investment to the centre and will breathe new life into the Long Shop as well as welcoming up to 30 new retail stores to our existing offering of leading premium, designer and high-street brands. By bringing the centre into a new league of retail destination, this will attract more shoppers not only to Swindon Designer Outlet but also to Swindon.

– Tina Cumpstey, Manager of Swindon Designer Outlet

Swindon Designer Outlet was opened in 1997 and currently houses more than 90 brands.

Swindon is a very successful centre within our outlet mall portfolio, and the expansion is part of our investment strategy to continue to deliver strong performance for our investors.

– Andrew Rich, Fund Manager for the Henderson UK Outlet Mall Fund

Swindon Borough Council has received the planning application and will discuss the plans in the near future.