Ashfield Land has completed a substantial refurbishment of Burkhardt Hall, transforming the 122-year-old former Swindon Technical College into attractive, contemporary flats in a regeneration project which makes the most of the Grade II listed building’s charm and period features.
The Hall, on Swindon’s Regent Circus, was built in 1895, designed by local architect Thomas Ball Silcock and is well-known to thousands of students who have passed through its doors. Now, with the building transformed, it will be home to occupiers looking to rent one of its 28 studio, 1 and 2-bedroom apartments.
Andrew Fisher Managing Director at Ashfield Land, says: “Burkhardt Hall is a tremendously interesting building with great history, eye-catching design and all of the ingredients we look for in a regeneration scheme. We’ve worked carefully and skilfully to bring the building back from the brink, investing in a Private Rented Sector conversion which delivers new homes into the town centre and a really fitting re-invention of this listed building.
Within the redevelopment, the building’s high ceilings have been maximised to create stunning contemporary apartments, some with mezzanine levels, with an on-trend colour scheme and modern fixtures and fittings which blend with flourishes of the building’s history. The real highlight of the building is the reinstated entrance hall, which sees an exquisite large memorial window named “A Special Time and Place” designed by local artist Michelle Merlini comprising a Trompe l’oeil style open window, and a welcoming a bright poppy field leading to Swindon’s nearest ancient icon; the Hackpen White Horse. The poppies commemorate the lives of the 45 students who lost their lives in World War II.
‘’We’re really pleased and proud of how we’ve brought Burkhardt Hall back to life,” adds Andrew Fisher. “What was a flooded, unstable, and derelict building not so long ago is now a standard-setting residential regeneration and PRS scheme. Ashfield Land has delivered a successful regeneration project which delivers value on a wide range of levels.”
The first phase of apartments are now being occupied and more of the bespoke units will be made available imminently.
Further detail on the apartments can be found at: https://swindon.atwellmartin.co.uk/.