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Exciting £500m Reading scheme gets submitted

Exciting £500m Reading scheme gets submitted

Sackville Developments Reading Limited (SDRL) has submitted plans for the £500 million regeneration scheme of Reading’s town centre that will create new jobs and boost the trades.

The regeneration of the Station Hill site in Reading is an employment-led mixed-use redevelopment which will include new homes, shops, cafés and leisure facilities.

SDRL represents a joint venture between Benson Elliot and Stanhope PLC. Between them, Stanhope PLC and Benson Elliot have the expertise and stable financial backing to deliver a first class redevelopment to Station Hill.

The application has been drawn up following extensive consultation with local residents and business owners as well as council representatives.

Jason Margrave, Development Director  of Stanhope said: “This application is the culmination of a considerable amount of consultation with Reading Borough Council as well as the promoters of the neighbouring Thames Tower.

“The designs we have submitted have been widely supported by the public and we believe they will considerably transform  this part of the town, building on the significant investment currently taking place at the station.

“Following consultation, we have included an enlarged public open space in the heart of the scheme, improved the retail offer and incorporated more public art.”

The public exhibition which took place in February last year attracted over 700 people, with over 95% of respondents supporting that the area is in need of regeneration.

The application is due to be decided by Reading Borough Council later in the year. If approved, work will look to commence in 2014.

Whilst redevelopment is taking place, it is the intention of the developers to create a temporary event space outside of Reading Station to be used for a variety of cultural and entertainment events.

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Train4TradeSkills Radio: Ahmad Shahraei talks about plumbing training with T4TS

Ahmad Shahraei is training to become a plumber with Train4TradeSkills. Train4TradeSkills Radio interviewed Ahmad to find out how his plumbing course is going.

You can listen to the full interview with Ahmad via AudioBoo at: www.audioboo.fm/train4tradeskills

New £22 million student halls to be built in Reading could lead to more trades jobs

Thousands of students will be leaving home and moving in to their new student accommodation this weekend and to a life of constant partying, student loans and smart price food. Halls of residence is a big part of student life, and Construction company Mansell have been awarded a £22.3 million contract to build new student accommodation in Reading by UNITE.

According to Construction Index, seven multi-storey student accommodation blocks will be built at Mansfield Hall in Reading. 604 bedrooms, 132 kitchens and 36 stair modules will be built in the new halls, along with a central reception and a common room.

The work is due to be completed in July 2011, just in time for next year’s batch of students to move in. The building is also aiming to achieve a BREEAM “Very Good” rating, which is given to buildings which are environmentally-friendly and have a good green rating.

Due to the size of the new accommodation in Reading, this will undoubtedly create hundreds of new trades jobs in the area, as there are literally hundreds of sinks that need fitting, electrics needing wiring and with only 10 months to complete the work, they will need plenty of people to complete the work.