Station Hill will be a new urban quarter within the heart of Reading on a site between the recently expanded railway station and Friar Street, straddling two sides of Garrard Street. The development will greatly expand the city’s Grade A office capacity and retail offer whilst providing between 300 and 400 new homes around a new arrangement of public routes and spaces. The overall masterplan has been granted outline planning permission and the first commercial building detailed consent.
The area north of Garrard Street will be predominately office use with five flexible mid-rise buildings arranged around a new central square. One of these will be the remodelled Garrard Street Car Park which will undergo a comprehensive refurbishment to incorporate a new multi-use leisure centre with a rooftop football pitch and running track.
Along the eastern edge of the site will be a refurbished Station Square, a major new public space which helps to better integrate the railway station into the surrounding urban fabric of Reading. A covered arcade between two buildings will be accessible from Station Square accommodating a lively mix of shops and cafes. South of Garrard Street, the identity will be of a more domestic scale with a retail street along Friar’s Walk above which will be a mix of homes for different family sizes and mixed tenure. Across the development, each of the buildings will have a distinct personality and a contemporary language which draws on Reading’s character while in keeping with the scale of the surrounding area.
Station Hill’s proximity to Reading Station with 200 trains running daily to London, as well as its links to Heathrow and Gatwick, means this will be a highly connected place. It will be very urban in both mix and feel, an entirely new neighbourhood carved out of a compact site, instrumental in unlocking Reading’s potential as a high density urban centre.
Benson Elliot and Stanhope
Allies and Morrison
Townshend Landscape Architects
Faithful + Gold
Peter Brett Associates
Strutt & Parker
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