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Closing Swindon will see Honda axe 3,500 jobs but site redevelopment should offset the hit on the town

Closing Swindon will see Honda axe three,500 work opportunities but site redevelopment must offset the hit on the city

Honda of the Uk Producing on Friday (26 March) declared it experienced entered into a contract for sale of its Swindon site. At first procured by the Japanese car company in 1985, the site will be marketed to Panattoni, Europe’s biggest developer of new develop industrial and logistics amenities.

In 2019, Honda Motor declared a restructuring of its world automobile production functions, which bundled the cessation of manufacturing at the Uk plant in July 2021, at the finish of the latest product cycle of the Civic Hatchback. Subsequent the closure announcement, Honda fully commited to leaving the site in a dependable way, with a sustainable legacy for Swindon.

Jason Smith, director at Honda of the Uk Producing, reported: “We are pleased to have identified a capable new owner of the site. From our engagement with Panattoni and original discussions with Swindon Borough Council, we are self-assured that the new owner can deliver the development ahead in a commercially timely vogue and deliver enjoyable potential clients for Swindon and the wider community.”

Subsequent the finish of manufacturing on thirty July 2021, Honda will straight away commence decommissioning of the Swindon site. The site is expected to be lawfully handed around in Spring 2022, and when the required consents have been attained, Panattoni will commence regeneration and redevelopment soon thereafter.

James Watson, development director for Panattoni, reported: “Panattoni is committing to spend around GBP700m into the site to appeal to new businesses and offer for current organizations seeking to expand in Swindon. We will be doing the job incredibly carefully with Honda and Swindon Borough Council, together with the community and its associates to regenerate the site.”

Matthew Byrom, taking care of director of Panattoni Uk, reported: “The re-development of this strategic employment site will provide hundreds of new possibilities in roles which underpin the procedure of the regional and regional economic system.”

Honda will evaluate possibilities for modest sections at the edge of the site that are not needed for Panattoni development to be utilised by the neighbouring communities.

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