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Swindon has been given the works

Swindon’s historic Grade II Listed Carriage Works has been rejuvenated using bright, light colours enveloping our state-of-the-art black framed partition systems, Optima 117 Plus and Kinetic Aero sliding doors. Working on a building with such historic significance comes with trials and tribulations such as planning permission and regulations. Further to this, acoustic ratings were a priority for the project, allowing the building to become a space optimised for business use, as well as a social hub with cafés and facilities.




Metropolitan Workshop

Sienna Contractors LTD

History in motion

Working alongside Network Rail, we embarked upon the fit out of Swindon Carriage Works. A beautiful late Georgian building spanning a length of over 500 ft, originally built in accordance with British Parliament and Great Western Railway. The building spent its early years as a buying and restoration hub for locomotive products, managed by “one of the most ingenious and prolific figures in engineering history”  Isambard Kingdom Brunel; a figure most recently immortalised on a commemorative £2 coin. The building went through many hands before falling into disrepair and closed in 1986. 

How we began

The base of the building was renovated between 2000-2006. More recently, Network Rail and Sienna Contracting involved us in the redevelopment of two units within the eastern building. Stretching over 9,800sq ft the project boasts a modest space with the vision of incorporating cafés, meeting rooms, individual working hubs over two separate levels. The intention was to stylish black framed partition systems, Kinetic Aero sliding doors alongside Optima 117 Plus  single glazing partitions were used across the entirety of the space. Giving personal areas for individuals to work or for privacy for meetings. Metropolitan Workshop Architects chose Optima 117 Plus for its impressive acoustic rating of up to Rw38dB when 12.8mm thick. Allowing privacy consistently throughout the meeting rooms, board rooms and individual working hubs.

On completion 

At the point of completion, the 19th century landmark had been converted from a drab, dark shell of a building, into a vibrant modern space for individual and communal working. Further to this, the office is complete with open, light, social areas where food and drink can be bought. The architecture and partitions flow seamlessly from pastel and timber walls to contemporary black framed partition systems. The opposing styles from the beautiful Georgian exterior brickwork to the strikingly stylised interiors work in harmony to encapsulate the Metropolitan Works, Network Rail’s and our own vision.  

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