Plans for a substantial upgrade to Reading International Business Park go before councillors on Wednesday (February 3) with a recommendation for approval.

Reading Borough Council’s planning applications committee will consider plans by Tristan Capital Partners which bought the 375,000 sq ft development at J11 of the M4 last year, and its asset management partner Alchemy, for a major refurbishment of the 20-year-old building.

Almost half the 375,000 sq ft of offices is currently empty.

A new main entrance, a pagoda at the rear, an enlarged gym and ‘end of trip facilities’ will be added and there will be a reconfiguration of the parking spaces. Plans for an additional deck to add 69 parking spaces will be considered at a later date as a separate application.

Exterior terracotta panels will be stained dark grey and there will be internal alterations which do not require permission.

A circular external building called The Dot, currently a restaurant, and nearby Little Lea Cottage, a listed 17th Century farmhouse, could have new life as places of wellness and socialising.

Planning consultant Carter Jonas is seeking a BREEAM Excellent rating and either Gold or Platinum rating under the International WELL Building Institute accreditation.

Image: Andrew Smith / Reading International Business Park.

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