Plans for a new 182-room hotel to replace Reading’s derelict Bristol & West Arcade have been submitted to the council.

Sonic Star Properties’ proposals for the site in Friar Street and parts of Market Place include restoring listed Market Place buildings for ground floor retail with eight flats above.

The hotel will have a bar/restaurant and gym.

The plan is the third scheme for the site in relatively recent years. Before the 2008 financial crash, work had begun on a Brook Henderson plan for shops with 14 flats above but stopped during the crisis. There were alterations approved to those plans but the scheme never restarted.

In 2019, Sonic Star Properties won consent for retail, a pub, offices and 43 apartments but little interest was found for either the retail or the offices.

However, interest has been shown in a possible hotel and the new plans are for a four-star venue.

The team on the current application includes NORR Architects, Union Property on project management, Savills as planning consultant, Turley as heritage consultant and Instinctive Partners as PR consultant.


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