Developer ready to invest in Swindon’s Old Town

By Ben Carey on 14 March, 2024

A commercial property owner in Swindon is hoping to invest in the town if plans are approved by Swindon Borough Council.

Arthur Dallimer, owner of 51 to 54 Devizes Road, has submitted plans to Swindon Council to improve and upgrade the forecourts of four properties in Old Town.

His proposals will be considered by Swindon Borough Council planners and, if approved, the works will help to improve prospects for the existing businesses. 

At the same time he has also submitted plans for Apsley House, a former museum and art gallery in close proximity. Arthur is seeking permission to create a 90-cover luxury restaurant in the former art gallery and a high end co-working and meeting space within the former museum.

Attached retail units will also be upgraded as part of the plans. 

Referencing the Devizes Road proposals, Arthur said, “I want to improve the look of the properties, introduce planting and individualise the shops from the street, making them more attractive to passing shoppers and residents.

“The area does look rather tired, paving slabs are cracked and broken, so I’m proposing high quality and attractive planters and small walls to create a more eye-catching and attractive frontage.

“Swindon means a lot to me. It’s my home town and it has a huge amount to offer. I want to do my bit to bring a more ‘café style’ appeal to the Old Town area and I’m working hard to achieve that as well as bringing a historic building back into use.”

Arthur is the founder of William Arthur Property which concentrates largely on developments, both commercial and residential, in Swindon and Wiltshire.