A 157-room Jurys Inn hotel is planned for Friar Street in Reading in a new development by Thackeray Estates.
The developer, which already has permission for its Queen Victoria Place scheme on the corner of Queen Victoria Street and Friar Street, has acquired further properties along Friar Street including part of WH Smith, The Bugle and Revolucion de Cuba restaurant.
It held a public consultation with Reading Civic Society on June 30 to show off its plans for the new hotel and additional buildings.
Thackeray has acquired 145 and 146 Friar Street (WH Smith and an independent newsagent and off licence) which it plans to redevelop for new retail units which will be incorporated into its permitted Queen Victoria Place scheme.
In addition, Thackeray has 138 – 144 Friar Street (The Bugle, Eyesite Opticians and Revolucion de Cuba) which it plans to develop for the hotel which will have ground level plus six further floors. However, it will incorporate the façade of The Bugle into the hotel building.
Fife Court, an alleyway which runs between WH Smith and The Bugle, will be used for deliveries but will be available to the public. The reduced WH Smith will no longer have access onto Friar Street.
Two separate planning applications are expected to be submitted to Reading Borough Council by Thackeray Estates during July, one for 145 and 146 Friar Street and one for the Jurys Inn at 138 – 144.
Thackeray Estates has updated its Queen Victoria Street (QVS) website to incorporate the additional retail units the developer is calling QVS1+ and the Jury’s Inn development which it has called QVS2.
Images below: A Google view of the site and two CGIs from Thackeray Estates.
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