As part of Redwood’s role as the communications consultants for Station Hill, the team recently supported the project’s joint owners, Lincoln MGT, to deliver a public exhibition on the proposals for the site.
Once complete, Station Hill will deliver crucial new routes linking the station to the town centre, over 1,000 new homes for rent, 600,000 sq ft of high-quality office accommodation, a hotel, plus 100,000 sq ft of new restaurants, bars and other leisure facilities. All of these uses will be knitted together via exceptional landscaping and new public spaces, including a new pocket park and public square with the capacity to host community events.
Over 120 people attended the event to view the latest proposals, ask questions to members of the development team and give their feedback on the plans. The consultation is the latest step in realising a transformative regeneration of this site following demolition getting underway in earlier in June. The project reached a further milestone in July when Reading Borough Council granted unanimous planning approval for the first phase of the development, which will deliver 538 new homes for the rental market, with 25,000 sq ft of retail and leisure space on the ground floor, linked by high quality public realm.
Alex Aitchison, Director of Development at Lincoln Property Company UK, commented on behalf of the joint owners: “Since acquiring the site last summer we have worked in partnership with Reading Borough Council to work up proposals for a best in class development. Station Hill represents one of the most exciting regeneration projects in the south east and a key step in Reading’s wider growth trajectory towards city status. We have a unique opportunity to deliver a mixed use scheme of exceptional quality, which fuses residential, office, leisure and retail uses around enhanced landscaping and public realm.
“We are pleased with the overwhelmingly positive feedback we have received to date through the pre-application process with Reading Borough Council, and now seek to extend our consultation to the wider community and stakeholders. We recognise the importance of working with the local community in order to achieve this and look forward to discussing the plans with local people.”