Insurance giant to build £37 million HQ in Swindon

Zurich new HQ

Swindon-headquartered insurance giant Zurich has awarded a £37.2 million contract to build a new office building in the town to Skanska.

Skanska will construct approximately 100,000 sq ft of office space over six floors, with a terrace and a function space at roof level.

Skanska will also install the mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering services and will provide the specialist piling ground engineering solutions.

This new-build office development, which will take almost two years to complete, forms part of the of the Swindon Kimmerfields masterplan. The site is located on a long-vacant, cleared development site in the town centre. The new Zurich Insurance office building will be the anchor project in the Kimmerfields scheme.

The Kimmerfields project involves the development of an underused 20-acre zone between Swindon railway station and the retail core of the town.

The scheme will provide a substantially sized public open square and a series of new streets surrounded by retail and leisure space, a hotel, a new bus interchange, office space and new homes (including affordable units), delivered over a number of phases.

The first phase – an assisted living residential building and an 850-space multi-storey car park has been completed along with a new health centre which is now open to the public. The health centre provides approximately 2,600 sqm of new space over four levels for the NHS.

John Keppel, Chief Operating Officer for Zurich UK, said: “We’re delighted that construction work will soon be underway on Zurich’s new premises where we enjoy a long history as one of the town’s most prominent employers. We’re pleased to be playing an important role in the ongoing regeneration of the town centre.”

The pre-contract design is by a consultant team of MATT ArchitectureArup (civil & structural engineer) and Hoare Lea (MEP) with Avison Young (planning advisor). Turner & Townsend are carrying out the development manager, project manager and cost manager roles.

The Skanska team will complete the design and delivery with their own consultant team led by Alec French (architect), Ramboll (civil and structural) and Silcock Dawson (MEP).