As well as the provision of new homes, a world-class Convention Centre and additional leisure amenities, this new development will provide over 18,000 sqm of high-quality and much-needed new public space for the town. Stadium Square will create a new destination for Reading with a year-round calendar of events, whilst more than 10,000 sqm of the public space will form a new linear park with generous tree planting, wildflower meadows and play facilities for a range of ages; creating the largest new formal park in Reading since the creation of Forbury Gardens in 1856.
The design has been essential in ensuring that the creation of this new distinctive urban quarter blends and complements the existing Madejski Stadium and surrounding areas. The creation of navigable spaces, connections and energy have been philosophy points throughout the masterplan, ensuring that the spaces are brought to life, encourage activity and are high quality for both residents and visitors to enjoy and integrate.
A new distinctive urban quarter that blends and complements the existing Madejski Stadium and surrounding areas, including:
- 630 homes
- 102 serviced apartments
- An 8,000 sqm public square
- A world-class Convention Centre
- 2,000 sqm of new retail, restaurant and leisure facilities, including an ice rink
A new development of this scale brings many economic and social benefits to the town, including the creation of 800 FTE construction jobs and 904 FTE jobs post construction, as well as a positive effect on the local economy via resident and visitor expenditure, indirect benefits to other service providers and will be a catalyst for further inward investment. New public spaces, retail and community facilities will provide local residents and visitors with access to green spaces, shopping and cultural events. Transport infrastructure, including for cycles, will be greatly enhanced to provide easy access within and to the development and Reading town centre.
"We commend the proposals for the main square, public transport hub and park. The main square provides a great space for crowds on match days and contrasts well with many football stadia which are hemmed in with car parking. The public transport hub also shows a commendable simplicity." Royal Elm Park Design South East 12th May 2016