News: 10 March 2016Step into Reading 2050

We at Barton Willmore are incredibly be proud to be part of Reading UK 2050 since its inception in 2013. This month, the initiative moves to a new level with a two-day public exhibition in Reading town centre, aiming to garner the ideas and enthusiasm of the people who live, work and play in Reading.

Taking place on Friday 18 and Saturday 19 March, the 'Step into Reading 2050' bus will be in the town centre to spark the imagination with ideas on what Reading could be like. 'Step into Reading 2050' will provide futuristic visions of Reading locations designed to transport people into a smart and sustainable future for the town.

Step into Reading 2050 is part of the Reading UK 2050 project led by ourselves, Reading UK CIC and the University of Reading. To date, the project has consulted with a wide range of stakeholders including local businesses, charities, the public sector, academia and the local authority. Now, as part of March's Reading Year of Culture focus on the future of Reading, Reading UK 2050 wants to tap into the experience and views of the local community.

A number of highly respected architects and designers already working in the area have produced sketches and plans for particular areas of Reading to inspire people and demonstrate how planning can create a bright future for our town. Visitors to the exhibition will be able to see how the town could transform to support the local economy, provide employment or find housing solutions.

Associate Landscape Architect, Richard Webb from Barton Wilmore said: “We are really excited that the Reading UK 2050 project has moved forward and are incredibly grateful to everyone that has been involved so far and the contributions they have made. The project is really starting to gain momentum and interest and we are excited to present some ideas to the community.

"Reading is currently seeing a huge amount of change and investment, which is creating exciting opportunities for residents and workers alike. With all the changes the town is currently going through, it’s more important than ever that we don’t underestimate the town's potential, work cohesively and create an inspired vision that looks to the future.”

The team behind the Reading UK 2050 initiative from Barton Willmore, Reading UK CIC and the University of Reading will be on hand to talk people through the ideas on 18 and 19 March, and a dedicated social media campaign will encourage and facilitate contributions and feedback from everyone. The 'Step in to Reading 2050' bus will be on Reading Station forecourt on Friday 18 March and Broad Street on Saturday 19 March.

Keep your eyes peeled for #Reading2050.

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