53-55 Vastern Road, Reading

February 2019 Scheme

The comments received against each of the main parts of the proposals are set out below. The feedback received has helped us to design our current and final proposals, as shown here, which we intend to submit to the Council next month.

You Said:

  • What makes the design ‘Reading’? ‘Ecclesiastical features of historic onsite buildings raised and thought be given on how to ‘top off’ buildings.
  • Need to ensure that flood risk is properly controlled and mitigated.
  • Concern over parking overspill to Lynmouth Road & management of this.
  • Insufficient provision of affordable housing, public open space and active frontages within site.

  • Concern over height, scale and mass closest to Lynmouth Court.
  • How much of the Vastern Road massing can be seen from the riverside.
  • Potential for significant loss of daylight/sunlight to Lynmouth Road / Lynmouth Court from scheme.
  • Need to consider height in context of adjacent properties along river front and Vastern Road.

  • Canopies’ on Vastern Road frontage thought more office-like in appearance and could impact on view from the river.
  • Unconvinced by the proposed approach to the lower two storeys on the Vastern Road frontage.
  • Liked the way the building design on Vastern Road is stepped up and liked particular the gateway feature and the divisions in frontage layers.
  • Considered the design changes an improvement.

  • Need to make the undercroft areas at the river frontage welcoming and light, potential to maintain an active frontage – coffee shop or sit-down location advised.
  • A positive move to further set back of the development from the river, along with extra greening and trees.
  • Concern as to what the development would look like at the night time from the riverside, especially regarding light pollution.
  • Concern that the development on riverside seemed ‘heavy and bulky’ along with the height.

  • Suggested more design variety could be added to the mews.
  • Need to have more width/capacity for users of the footpath/cycleway during peak times.
  • Review of walkway railings suggested – those associated with the bridge are ‘dense’ and create funnelling.
  • Good to have some low rise in the plans - it makes the central passageway more light and open.

Proposed site layout

Proposed site layout

Proposed massing and heights

Proposed massing and heights

View looking along the Avenue towards river front

View looking along the avenue towards river front

River front - View from footbridge

River front - View from footbridge

River Gate / Vastern Road elevation

River Gate / Vastern Road elevation