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Old June 22nd, 2006, 11:56 PM   #1
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Reading - Station Hill

http://www.stationhillreading.co.uk/index.html

The Station Hill Redevelopment will involve the demolition and regeneration of a large area of 60's concrete jungle. Two office blocks (including the towns tallest) will be knocked down, along with a carpark and parade of shops.

In its place will be a series of 5 or 6 "tall" buildings ('tall' in Reading terms means between 15 and (a very respectable) 28). Ground level retail, public squares and entertainment also form part of the scheme.

See: http://www.stationhillreading.co.uk/northelevation.html

In conjunction with the Chatham Place scheme to the West (under construction) http://www.chathamplace.co.uk, and Abbey Mill House (15 & 8-storey office building complex) to the East, this marks a major fight-back from Reading Town Centre against the recent successes of the business parks (Green Park, Thames Valley Park, Arlington, Winnesh Triangle)
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Old June 23rd, 2006, 12:30 AM   #2
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this is what will be demolished for the station hill development -


we also have a 14 floor hotel almost finished
http://www.skyscrapernews.com/buildings.php?id=4821
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Old June 23rd, 2006, 12:50 AM   #3
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station hill is fab, the novotel is bad
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Old June 23rd, 2006, 01:02 AM   #4
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I guess it's an improvement from the monstrosity that's currently residing in central Reading, most disgusting mess I've ever seen. That Station Hill Piazza looks quite nice.
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Old June 23rd, 2006, 10:37 AM   #5
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Even though i know we're talking about reading, my heart jumped out of my mouth, i honestly thought when i saw the top of that pic that it was guys getting demolished.
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this has decended into farce...
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Old June 23rd, 2006, 11:19 AM   #6
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That's enough to give me urban nightmares.
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Old June 23rd, 2006, 11:26 AM   #7
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UGH! Those Mecca places, NCP car parks, travel Inns et al are fucking urban parasites, they live in squalor and make huge profits out of it.
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Old June 23rd, 2006, 01:35 PM   #8
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Very nice projects. BTW I though Reading was already a city. It ought to be. It is a large and important place.
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Old June 23rd, 2006, 02:11 PM   #9
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Old June 23rd, 2006, 02:45 PM   #10
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i remember about 6 years ago now reading had two skyscrapers approved of about 550 ft. one was called the air rights tower or something. does anyone have a link to any pages on that as ive been searching for years for them and cant find any info.

reading has a bad record at realising projects. this was never built -
http://www.skyscrapernews.com/buildings.php?id=1902
and this beauty which i happen to love wasnt built either which is a crying shame, they built a 3 floor office block in its place
http://www.skyscrapernews.com/buildings.php?id=1903
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Old June 23rd, 2006, 02:51 PM   #11
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Very nice projects. BTW I though Reading was already a city. It ought to be. It is a large and important place.
Reading failed to be chosen as a millennium city. But this doesn't stop the council putting 'City of Reading' on buses and signs!
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Old June 23rd, 2006, 07:32 PM   #12
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Very nice projects. BTW I though Reading was already a city. It ought to be. It is a large and important place.
In terms of business but not historically.
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Old June 23rd, 2006, 11:22 PM   #13
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Reading failed to be chosen as a millennium city. But this doesn't stop the council putting 'City of Reading' on buses and signs!
Oh dear...
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Old June 26th, 2006, 12:17 AM   #14
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Gothicform is correct that it is the 17-storey monstrous "Great Western" Tower that will be pulled down, along with the bingo hall, dis-used bus station, Hogg Robinson office as well as Garrad St car park.

I went to the exhibition and was told that Mr Madejski (Reading FC chairman and all-round Mr Reading - currently building a new school in the troubled Whitley area) was absolutely determined that the development would go ahead. It will be built in phases starting nearest the station with commerical space, spreading west and becoming more residential. A 500-seat community arts venue is also on the plans. The target date for demolition to begin is "within 2 years".

But as people rightly point out, Reading has had a track record of false starts. However, Mr Mad has a good record: the stadium is an excellent and well-planned facility, he was instrumental in the A33 relief road and, as I mention, his self-titled academy in a troubled suburb is under construction. And with the much-delayed Chatham Place scheme finally under construction it does seem that this scheme has a good chance of success, but whether the time scales become a reality remains to be seen. A very position exhibition though, and a very exciting development
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Old June 26th, 2006, 07:50 AM   #15
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Good to hear the scheme has a good chance to go ahead but i cant stand the man. If he could get his own way reading would change its name to madjeskiville, some say its charity but why then would you name it seems each development after yourself. Argh!
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Old July 20th, 2011, 03:53 AM   #16
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Nothing better than reviving an old thread!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-berkshire-10867552

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Reading town centre £400m revamp 'to start in 2012

Work on a £400m leisure, retail and housing scheme in the centre of Reading will start in 2012, say developers.

Station Hill, opposite the train station, will see a 1.72m sq ft project built over five acres (two hectares).

Reading council backed the plans, which will form an £825m regeneration of the area along with the train station.

Reading FC chairman Sir John Madejski, who owns Sackville Developments Ltd, said plans were "on track" despite the economic downturn.

The development will see the creation of four tower blocks for office and accommodation space of up to 27 floors.
Source: BBC News
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Old July 20th, 2011, 02:25 PM   #17
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excellent news
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Old July 21st, 2011, 08:59 PM   #18
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no longer a sackville scheme
http://www.stationhillreading.co.uk/

nearby thames tower maybe demolished too.
http://www.getreading.co.uk/news/s/2...for_demolition
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excellent news...
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