£700m redevelopment to follow

The demolition of the ex-Honda factory in Swindon is beginning this month to allow the £700m redevelopment of the South Marston site, which will include 11 buildings which can be used as manufacturing sites or warehouses.

The developer, Panattoni, expects the project to generate 7,000 jobs with the addition of a further 5,000 spin-off roles. It is said that this will add £295m each year to the local economy.

The Honda car plant closed in 2021. The factory and surrounding former airfield was later bought by Panattoni, which also built the town's Amazon fulfilment centre and specialises in high-end distribution centres.