Landmark Swindon building to get £4.7m refit

A landmark building in  building in Swindon that was used as a location in a James Bond film is to undergo a £4.7m refit.

Spectrum House was used as a location in A View to a Kill and was designed by Norman Foster.

The building was an early example of the High Tech architectural style, with bright yellow tubular masts and arched steel beams as well as a PVC membrane roof.

Global real estate investment and asset manager AEW has announced a major refurbishment of the Grade II listed building.

The work will include a refurbishment of the roof and repair and redecoration of the steel frame and cladding.

The 260,000 sq ft property is currently managed by MAPP Building Consultancy.

Alex Herrmann, partner at the consultancy, said: “MAPP are very proud and excited to be part of the refurbishment of this historic and architecturally important building.

“The intense scrutiny on sustainability and the changing way occupiers are interacting with the built environment has made refurbishments such as this even more important.

“We are pleased to be working alongside AEW UK in ensuring that this important building remains fit for purpose for its next phase of life.”

ECUS Ecological Consultants have been appointed to provide advice during the works and KJ Tait Engineering to provide mechanical and electrical consultancy.

Beard Construction is the main contractor and is resourcing the project from their office in the town.”

Michael Shears, director at AEW UK, said: “It is a privilege to be playing such an important role in the refurbishment and development of this iconic building on behalf of our investors.

“Our efforts are focused on ensuring that the historic High Tech character of the Spectrum building is maintained while increasing its sustainability and creating a truly green asset for the community in Swindon.”