Reading’s Regeneration – a game of two halves

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April was a month of contrasting fortunes for Reading’s two major regeneration projects.  Royal Elm Park, a convention centre and hotel complex adjoining Madejski stadium, was enthusiastically approved by the council, to wide acclaim from the business community.  By contrast, Station Hill is being put up for sale, which will likely see the proposals back on the drawing board.  Since 2005, variations of plans have come and gone.  The five hectare site adjacent to Reading Station was supposed to transform the town, but years on it hasn’t lived up to its incredible potential.  Station Hill really is the Jack Wilshere of regeneration schemes. Continue reading “Reading’s Regeneration – a game of two halves”

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Reading’s Regeneration – a game of two halves

Royal Elm Park – Two Sides to the Story

_20160217_213544Last week plans were submitted to the council for the redevelopment of the Madejski Stadium car park.  I covered this topic when the idea was unveiled at a public exhibition in November.  Now that the formal application has gone in, we can take a closer look at the detail.  There will probably be two opposing camps, so I thought I’d present each side of the argument. Continue reading “Royal Elm Park – Two Sides to the Story”

Royal Elm Park – Two Sides to the Story