Planning application for Station Hill submitted

Planning application for Station Hill submitted

11.05.07

A major scheme for the Thames Valley and a landmark scheme for Reading

A planning application for Station Hill, a 1.4m sq ft mixed use scheme designed by Scott Brownrigg, has been submitted to Reading Borough Council by Sackville Developments (Reading) Ltd.

The Station Hill development which will transform the centre of Reading is located at a pivotal position adjacent to Reading Station.   The scheme will include offices, shops, cafes, restaurants and apartments as well as an arts venue and new public areas in line with Reading Borough Council’s vision for redevelopment of the station area.

Sackville has refined its proposals following public consultation last summer. Responding to Reading’s own policy it will now locate the tallest buildings nearest the station and there will be more public space and more light. “The buildings themselves have been altered to make them more elegant and more interesting,” said Sackville Chairman, John Madejski OBE DL.  

“I am a great believer in the future of Reading and its desire to be recognised as a European city,” John Madejski continued. “Our premiership football team has put the town on the world map and I am keen to reinforce this achievement through this property development. Sackville’s scheme will transform a rundown quarter into a bright, contemporary and fitting gateway of which we can all be proud.”

Sackville director, Jon Homan, commented: “The continuing development of Reading as a business centre is at the core of Reading Borough Council’s 2020 Vision policy. Our proposals show how the Station Hill area’s redevelopment will be central to the town’s business, residential, cultural and retail renaissance. We plan to replace the tired and obsolete buildings adjacent to the rail and bus stations with a development fit for Reading and the 21st Century.”

Darren Comber, Director, Scott Brownrigg commented: “We are delighted to be part to this mixed use scheme that will see the redevelopment of Reading town centre.  The scheme will revitalise this currently inanimate quarter of the city and will present a distinctive entrance and destination for Reading.”

Sackville is advised by development managers, Horstonbridge.

Notes to editors:

Scott Brownrigg unites Architects with town planners, urban designers, masterplanners and interior designers.  Based in London and Guildford Scott Brownrigg draws on experience in a wide range of sectors including public sector, business space, large mixed use, residential, education, transport, hospitality, retail and industrial developments.

 Sackville Developments (Reading) Ltd is a subsidiary of Sackville Properties, a property investment and development company whose Chairman is John Madejski OBE DL, Chairman of Reading Football Club.

The Scheme

The scheme consists of a series of tall structures that will reinforce the importance of its central location and change the skyline of central Reading. A 22-storey tower has already been granted consent on an adjoining site in Station Road. 

The Sackville team is using leading edge construction techniques and material technologies to enhance the development’s sustainability, high-energy efficiency and environmental performance.  Combined Heat and Power, solar water heating and ground source heating and cooling pumps are all examples of on-site renewable energy sources Sackville is considering incorporating into the scheme.                                                      

A new public piazza between the site and Reading Station and new bus facilities may also be created. Discussions are continuing with RBC on these issues. 

Letting and development consultants are Strutt & Parker (offices) and Hicks Baker (retail)