Aparthotel planned for Reading listed buildings

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UK: Grade II-listed buildings in Reading’s town centre could be transformed into a market square and aparthotel.

Plans have been submitted to the council by Thackeray Estates to transform 1-15 Queen Victoria Street and 147-148 Friar Street, renovating and extending the buildings to provide a 41-key aparthotel.

Buildings at the back of the property would be demolished to create a market square with “boutique retailers, independent food traders, and artisans”.

In a statement the developer said: “The listed buildings on both Queen Victoria Street and Friar Street have been neglected over time and a series of unsympathetic additions and alterations have caused significant harm. The buildings are in serious need of repair and their existence relies on significant investment in the historic fabric. By putting the buildings back to use, this initial investment and ongoing maintenance can be secured, ensuring the buildings future.”

 

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