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Reading Gateway
Reading, UK

A contemporary community scheme in an urban environment

A contemporary residential development comprising 175 homes on a triangular site, just outside of Reading Town Centre.

Design process and narrative

Reading Gateway is a mixed-use development at Worton Grange, Reading. It is located on the main vehicular route into Reading town centre from the M4 motorway.

The design of the scheme is centred around a children’s play space which is at the heart of the community and provides a protected green space for families to enjoy, away from the noisier surroundings of the local area.

The context along the boundaries of the site are a mix of commercial and residential, which posed a challenge for the design approach. To integrate the new development into the existing context, the scale and aesthetic of the properties at the perimeter of the development draw on this mixed context, with predominantly 2-3 story brick townhouses bordering the existing residential area of Whitley Wood, scaling up to 4 story apartment blocks towards the larger office blocks. These apartments are positioned to frame the amenity space while also providing a frontage to Imperial Way.The buildings take a relatively urban form with a contemporary design approach, to match the modern aesthetic of the adjoining commercial buildings.

Apartments and coach houses feature individually designed open-plan layouts. Each apartment has been designed to a high specification, offering exceptional interior layouts that maximise space and light. Well-proportioned houses have been designed to fit within and meet the demands of modern family life.

A green buffer was created along Basingstoke Road which created an attractive frontage for the two story houses in this location.

Outcomes and deliverables

The reserved matters application was submitted and planning approval was subsequently granted. The scheme has delivered 175 homes - of which 93 are houses and 82 are apartments - across four distinctive character areas defined by the urban grain, building form and materials palette. All properties are now occupied.

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