The Mechanics Institute, Emlyn Square - Swindon (UA)

Mechanics Institute, 1853-5; now vacant. Outstanding example at heart of railway village. The council served an Urgent Works Notice on the owner in 2009 and implemented works in 2010 to secure the building. The shell of the building has been stabilised but it is not possible to enter due to health and safety concerns. The "Railway Village", of which the Mechanics forms the centrepiece, is now a Historic England Heritage Action Zone, which it is hoped will deliver a road-map to restoration of the building.

The Mechanics Institute, Emlyn Square - Swindon (UA)
© Historic England Archive

Site Details

    Designated Site Name:
    THE MECHANICS' INSTITUTE
    Heritage Category:
    Listed Building grade II*
    List Entry Number:
    1198947
    Local Planning Authority:
    Swindon (UA)
    Site Type:
    Education > Institute

Location

    Building Name:
    The Mechanics Institute
    Street Name:
    Emlyn Square
    Unitary Authority:
    Swindon (UA)
    Parliamentary Constituency:
    South Swindon
    Region:
    South West

Assessment Information

    Assessment Type:
    Building or structure
    Condition:
    Poor
    Occupancy / Use:
    Vacant/not in use
    Priority:
    C - Slow decay; no solution agreed
    Previous Priority:
    C
    Ownership:
    Commercial company
    Designation:
    Listed Building grade II*, CA