Thackeray Estates has published its plans for a radical new market square for independent retailers, start-ups and pop-up eateries in the centre of Reading.

The developer is expected to submit a planning application in early February to turn listed buildings at 1-15 Queen Victoria Street and 147-148 Friar Street into a development involving a courtyard for independent operators with an apart-hotel created on the floors above.

Its plans are now on view for consultation online.

Under the proposals, buildings which have been added over the years will make way for the new courtyard area which will be used for events such as outdoor cinema screenings and farmers’ markets. Listed buildings will be restored and new sections added. It will open up space that had previously had no public access.

There will be entrances in both Queen Victoria Street and Friar Street.

The website states: “The vision is to create a destination development befitting Reading’s emerging cultural and economic status.”


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