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Scott Brownrigg goes for planning with towering Reading scheme - images

Scott Brownrigg Architects has submitted this mixed-use development, next to Reading's railway station, for planning.

The scheme is being backed by famous Reading tycoon and local football chairman, John Madejski, and will provide the city with 130,000m2 of office space, shops and cafés.

The project will also deliver restaurants and apartments as well as a new arts venue and public spaces, which form part of Reading Council's vision for the regeneration of the station area.

According to the practice, the designs were altered following a public consultation last summer, and the tallest buildings will now be located nearest to the station, with more public space being included.

Madejski said: 'The buildings themselves have been altered to make them more elegant and more interesting. I am a great believer in the future of Reading and its desire to be recognised as a European city.

'Our premiership football team has put town on the world map, and I'm keen to reinforce this with this development,' he added.

The scheme will use solar water heating as well as ground-source heating and cooling pumps, making it highly energy efficient.

by Richard Vaughan

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