A huge new B&Q distribution centre has been told ’you can do it’ by planning officers at Swindon council.

B&Q has been given the go-ahead for a massive £77m distribution centre in Swindon.

The 800,000 sq ft building will be on the G Park site on the outskirts of the town. Developer Gazeley is running the project and was given the planning green light by Swindon Borough Council this week.

Bowmer & Kirkland, McLaren and Volker Fitzpatrick are bidding for the construction part of the development, which is worth around £30m.

One of the contractors said: “It’s at the sensitive stages of the process at the moment, but I’d anticipate hearing who has won sometime next week.”

Gazeley project chief, Nigel Godfrey said: “We are delighted with Swindon Borough Council’s decision to approve the planning application. We look forward to starting on site in the autumn and will complete the facility by next summer.

“As well as reducing the environmental impact of the development, Gazeley has sought to ensure that the building will deliver significant annual operating cost savings for B&Q through reduced energy consumption.”

The new centre is due to be completed by next summer and should be fully operational by January 2012.