The former Drews the Ironmongers store in Reading is back on the market to be let following the refusal, at appeal, for its redevelopment.

S2 Estates’ plans to demolish the former brewery and malthouse for a scheme of 44 flats were thrown out by Reading Borough Council in October and a subsequent appeal was refused by the Planning Inspectorate in May.

Now Genius1 Group is seeking an occupier for the 10,875 sq ft space in Caversham Road. It is advertising to leisure, retail or warehouse/storage operators at £15 per sq ft.

It consists of the two-storey retail warehouse, service yard and parking area.

Brandon Elmon, chief executive of Genius1, said leisure operators had already shown an interest but he believes a wide range of potential uses are possible.

He added: “It could be anything from a dark kitchen (where takeaway food is prepared for multiple brands) to soft play.”

S2 Estates told Thames Tap there is a possibility of letting the site but added it is not for sale. The developer declined to comment further.


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