Royal Heights, Reading
FIRST MAJOR SCHEME FOR AMBITIOUS NEW UK DEVELOPER
Former 80’s office building wins full approval for residential scheme.
Headed by a development director who commissioned us previously for planning support on a Deptford scheme, Allies London have won permission for their first scheme in Reading, succeeding with an application for conversion of a recently acquired 80’s office block into residential apartments.
An application to add an additional floor and new buildings to deliver a further 43 new build apartments on the site was made in parallel, seeking to achieve maximum utilisation of the tricky site and deliver a significant number of new homes in an area of high demand.
The prominent site on Queens Road and Watlington Street demanded a scheme with outstanding design quality. A number of heritage assets in the vicinity posed a significant consideration for development of designs that were both sympathetic and realistic to housing need and commercial viability.
With a challenging program, the group of designers and consultants established a swift and effective understanding and communications workflow. Our team arranged completion of all overhead work in a condensed timeframe, feeding information to the wider team to help inform design review and development, which allowed swifter resolutions and more effective pre-app dialogue with Reading Borough Council and consultees.
Resolution to approve was provided by committee in October 2018.
Client: Allies London
Architect: Emre Arolat Architects
Heritage and Townscape Consultants: Montagu Evans
Planning Consultants: Vocalism Limited (now part of Pegasus Group)
Scope: Verified Photomontage CGIs – AVR1 and AVR3
Status: Permission Granted