Commercial, Listed

Swindon Carriage Works

Client
Forward Swindon
Location
Swindon
Architect
Metropolitan Workshop
Date
2018
Image Credit
Metropolitan Workshop
Awards
AJ Architecture Awards 2018 Shortlist

Swindon Carriage Works is a Grade II listed building comprised of industrial shed units, originally built by Great Western Railway in the mid-late 19th Century, and forming part of Brunel’s Great Western Works. In the first phase of the works, five of the engine sheds were transformed, with the first two sheds completed in 2018 as high end, flexible office space. The next three engine sheds were converted into a ‘campus’ environment for the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD).

P3R Engineers were involved throughout and developed cost-effective designs for heating, ventilation, air conditioning, power, lighting and security. Environmental design was carefully balanced between improved efficiency and sympathetic installation, minimising the impact on the building’s historic elements. We designed hybrid (assisted natural ventilation) units in the roof, developed to be of the same appearance as the original roof cowls. Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) heat pump air conditioning was the low carbon solution to providing environmental control to this historic building.