The University of Reading is looking for public comment on its new proposals to redevelop St Patrick’s hall on Northcourt Avenue. The university withdrew its previous proposal after a petition, protest from the Victorian Society and the local listing of Pearson’s Court by Reading Borough Council.
The university’s latest proposals include the demolition of the southern range of Pearson’s Court (added to the original building in 1926) and New Court (from the 1960s). Other buildings will be demolished too, but the Victorian houses fronting Northcourt Avenue will be retained.
In the map above, New Court is the large C-shaped green roofed building, and Pearson’s Court is the grey roofed quadrangle a few metres to the south-east.
The oldest part of Pearson’s Court (built in 1913) will be kept, about which the Victorian Society said:
St Patrick’s hall was used by the Royal Flying Corps, the RAF’s precursor, to house cadets at the No 1 School of Aeronautics.
When complete, the new proposals will result in 702 more bedrooms on the site than exist now. The university says:
The rooms will be arranged as cluster flats and townhouses; all with shared kitchens and lounges. The design of the buildings provides room types to meet a variety of budgets.
A reception, management office, café, dining facility, bar and launderette are provided as part of the proposals.
Full details of the university’s proposals are available as a PDF from their website. This includes maps of the old and new proposals, plans for managing traffic and parking as well as mock-ups about what the new buildings will look like.
The university say they want to include public feedback in their planning application. You can add your comments by emailing Martha Dalton at [email protected]. The university’s public consultation closes on 9 November.