Comments received during this initial phase were invaluable in moving the
scheme forward positively, as demonstrated on the following two pages:
the February 2019 proposals and the current May 2019 Proposals.
- Requested that the bridge be directly linked into the site in line with the Policy CR11g riverside aspiration.
- Provide a central boulevard, which could curve within the site, to link the bridge and the station.
- Thought should be given to incentivising the route through the site by activating key links/spaces with shops/cafés.
- Potential for additional planting on scheme frontages and throughout site.
- More consideration should be given to height and scheme needs a clearer entrance, perhaps with some symmetry.
- Suggested that taller elements should step down towards the river.
- Concern over heights proposed on both frontages and scale and mass closest to Lynmouth Court.
- Issues over potential impact on daylight and sunlight and privacy to Lynmouth Road/Lynmouth Court raised.
- Did not like the ‘shoeboxes on end’ and ‘barracky’ design – undistinguished and not aspirational.
- Scheme needs a big opening between Reading and Caversham to make best use of ‘Great West Way’ opportunity.
- Design needs to flow better and needs to reflect context of other buildings more greatly.
- Could the Locally Listed Building be included within the design?
- Liked Clearwater Court and would like something equally attractive designed.
- Consideration to be given to building over the bridge link into the site with a lightweight glass structure.
- Potential to open up the frontage for landscaping and flood alleviation.
- Concern over height of rear walls abutting Lynmouth Road properties.
- Liked design of the mews, but not necessarily the location.
- Potential for public art/greening along the avenue.
- Thought to be given to wayfinding to bridge, perhaps through use of ‘rusty’ railings.