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Mixed use tower in heart of Reading receives planning
1st May 2019

Proposals for a £30m mixed use tower that will be the tallest building in Reading have been given planning approval.

No1 Reading, which has been designed by Broadway Malyan, will see the redevelopment of a corner plot opposite the town’s railway station into a hotel, restaurant, bar and offices within an elegant 22-storey tower.

The scheme will sit adjacent to the award-winning Thames Tower and is one of a number of new schemes that are set to transform the town’s station district.

Broadway Malyan director David Anderson, who runs the practice’s Reading studio, said: “This is a very exiting period for Reading and the recent decisions by the council are a sign that the town is growing up in terms of creating a high quality urban landscape that matches its ambitions.

“The imminent arrival of Crossrail to Reading is set to bring a host of new opportunities for the town as it increasingly becomes a destination of choice for people to live and work and so creating a vibrant and inviting gateway to the town centre will be crucial for its success.

“We are delighted that the council has unanimously backed our proposals for No 1 Reading and we look forward to seeing the this landmark project provide a highly visible marker for the regeneration of this important area.”

The proposals were submitted on behalf of Station Road Dev Co Ltd, a company controlled by Breithorn Developments in partnership with global hotel investors Frank Truman in partnership with and Legacy Hotels & Resorts.

As well as a 135-room hotel and five storeys of office space at the top of the development, the proposals include a ground floor café/retail space, a first floor reception and bar and second floor restaurant, providing a lively and active frontage along one of Reading’s busiest thoroughfares.

A sketch of No1 Reading, a new mixed use tower designed by Broadway Malyan

The façade concept for the building is defined as a two storey modular grid that enhances the vertical proportions of the building while interpreting the different functional uses of the accommodation that sits behind.

The building has been designed to enable modular construction to minimise waste and build time and will include a brown roof for biodiversity, living green walls and is expected to have a BREEAM Very Good rating.

Visualisation of the active lower floors of No1 Reading, a new mixed use tower designed by Broadway Malyan