5 Reading buildings that could be put to better use

1) The Lower Ship, Duke Street

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Any list of misused buildings in Reading has to start with The Lower Ship on Duke Street – a pub/hotel that’s been boarded up since the late eighties when it was sold to Yorkshire Brewery Samuel Smith’s.   Continue reading “5 Reading buildings that could be put to better use”

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5 Reading buildings that could be put to better use

Kings Road – Making a Point

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The Kings Road / King Street area of Reading town centre is one of the areas undergoing significant changes.  We’ve got banks becoming restaurants, offices changing colour or becoming homes, shops turning into cafes and bars, a King leaving King Street, and maybe even a local hero coming home.  In this post I take a brief look at the different developments, with a delve back in time thrown in.

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Kings Road – Making a Point

4 ways to improve Reading’s image

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In a departure from suggesting huge infrastructure projects and expensive leisure facilities, in this post I call out a few more modest ideas to improve the image of Reading.

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4 ways to improve Reading’s image

Caversham Park – Blue Sky Thinking

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Last year it was announced that the BBC would vacate the 1850-built Caversham Park house, where its foreign media monitoring service is based, and sell off the estate.  This week it emerged that the council and the BBC are in dispute over a “Tree preservation order” covering the site.  The council has dug in meaning the BBC cannot start clearing the site in an attempt to maximise the appeal to any developer. Continue reading “Caversham Park – Blue Sky Thinking”

Caversham Park – Blue Sky Thinking

A look ahead to Reading’s 2017

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A year ago I set out half a dozen hopes and expectations for 2016.  I think we’ve managed three out of six.  Let’s take a look at what’s been ticked off, and throw in a few extra things to look out for in 2017. Continue reading “A look ahead to Reading’s 2017”

A look ahead to Reading’s 2017

Walking the Walk – Queens, Kings & Friars

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Whether it be for Queens, Kings or Friars, it seems Reading isn’t very good at “Walks”.  This simple suffix seems sufficient to ensure failure – in Reading it’s a jinx.  Here I review their recent tribulations and take a look at plans and possibilities to get them walking tall.

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Walking the Walk – Queens, Kings & Friars

Swan Heights, the Thames and a Tunnel

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Last Friday I attended a public exhibition at the Town Hall for revised proposals for the development previously known as Swan Heights to be built on the former BMW site on Napier Road.  Here’s what I picked up, and some follow up thoughts…  Continue reading “Swan Heights, the Thames and a Tunnel”

Swan Heights, the Thames and a Tunnel