53-55 Vastern Road, Reading

Initial Proposals

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.

You Said:

  • 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.

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