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Chinese to develop landmark site
The building
The building has been empty since 2001
The Chinese government will turn a disused landmark building in Swindon into a trade centre.

Swindon Borough Council has granted permission for a Chinese consortium to use the Renault building as an import-export centre.

Designed by Sir Norman Foster, the building was opened by a French minister in 1982 as a headquarters for Renault cars.

But in 2001, Renault moved its workers out and closed its operation there.

The listed and award-winning glass and steel structure featured in a Bond movie when it was used as a backdrop for A View To A Kill, starring Roger Moore, in 1984.

Swindon Chamber of Commerce has welcomed the deal.

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