Canalside is the name given by Swindon Borough Council and the developers to the district centre in Middle Wichel and the adjoining residential areas.
The area is built beside the Wilts & Berks Canal which once ran from the Thames near Abingdon to a junction with the Kennet & Avon Canal at Semington near Devizes.
The canal in Wichelstowe is being restored and rebuilt as part of the construction work.
In addition to the a supermarket, a pub/restaurant, and schools, the area will include three areas of housing and a residential development for the over 55s.
Also known as ‘the purple school’ owing to its colour during construction, the Deanery Academy will be a secondary school for children aged 11 to 18. There will also be an adjoining primary school. The secondary school opens in September 2019.