SU1484 : View north from the Designer Outlet Village, Swindon

taken 6 years ago, near to Swindon, Great Britain

View north from the Designer Outlet Village, Swindon
View north from the Designer Outlet Village, Swindon
The view provides an opportunity to compare and contrast the old and the new in industrial architecture. At left are buildings constructed in the 19th century to house the main factory for Brunel's Great Western Railway. Building work started in 1843 and continued for many years after as the factory expanded. Eventually it closed in 1986. Fortunately many of the buildings were conserved and converted in the latter part of the 20th century into a very successful 'outlet' retail mall. To the right is the 21st century National Trust headquarters in the 'Heelis' building. One of the aims of the design brief was to develop a building with as small an environmental footprint as possible. To reach that aim the building is equipped with, inter alia, photovoltaic solar panels and a sophisticated system of ventilation that does not rely on expensive and energy-consuming air conditioning. Some of the ventilators can be seen on top of the roof. Somewhat unfairly, these have been described as 'excrescences' by a benighted individual who should really know better. Enlightenment can be found in this pdf LinkExternal link
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 10 July, 2013   (more nearby)
Submitted
Thursday, 11 July, 2013
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Business, Retail, Services  City, Town centre  People, Events 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 140 849 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:33.8168N 1:47.8877W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SU 141 849
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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