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Green Park Village
Reading, UK

Distinctive in appearance while sitting comfortably within its setting

The Green Park Village development is a new community in a beautiful lakeside setting with open green spaces, trim trails, and nature paths. It is located near junction 11 of the M4, a key route leading to Reading town centre.

The development will deliver 1,150 new homes,an additional train station providing excellent transportation links to and from Reading and London, a primary school, commercial space, an extra care home and a multi-storey car park on a 25 hectare brownfield site.

Design process and narrative

An important element of the project brief was to create a new community which was economically, socially, and geographically integrated into the wider Reading area.

In developing the masterplan, we sought to retain and transform the existing gravel pit into a lake, providing a new space for residents to sit and relax at with their friends and family. A new trim trail and pedestrian and cycling routes were also created around the lake, linking to the surrounding countryside

The provision of a new train station on the Reading/Basingstoke line delivered a much-needed transport interchange, that will serve residents at Green Park Village, as well as commuters that work at the nearby Green Park Business Park. Additional services will also provide access to central Reading and London.

In support of the new homes, a range of new retail spaces and community facilities will also be created, including a new primary school that links directly to the Green Park community. This will help to create a vibrant hub for residents, where they can socialise at and work from.

The development incorporates an innovative ‘Urban House’ typology which we developed to allow a higher density of development. The urban house has a total floorspace of 120 sqm and is efficiently designed so it enables development densities of up to 85 homes per hectare, twice the density of typical suburban housing. The house design incorporates private amenity space and an internal lightwell to create a light and airy interior. Other design benefits include better environmental performance, increased security and privacy, faster construction, and less waste.

Outcomes and deliverables

We have supported this project from its initial stages when an outline planning application was first submitted. Now in its final stages of construction, we are continuing to work closely with St Edward Homes, to create a thriving new community in Reading.

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