A new attempt has been made to add 72 apartments to Reading’s Great Brighams Mead.
Owner Kings Oak Miami already has Permitted Development Rights (PDR) approval for conversion of the 84,840 sq ft office building to 110 flats. The developer applied in May to add 72 one and two-bedroom flats in two additional floors with a roof terrace on top, also using the rules of PDR.
However council officers refused the application in August, with the roof terrace and the development’s bulk and massing, being key reasons.
Kings Oak Miami has now dropped the roof terrace from its design and plant has been sunk into the roof of the additional floors. Options to rebuild or remove the building’s clocktower are included in the latest plans.
The team on the project includes Future Planning & Development and Stantec.
Great Brighams Mead was first built in 2000 and was occupied by Three until its move to Green Park. It was sold to Kings Oak this year by McKay Securities for £19 million.
Image below: How it looks now.
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Yet another attempt by a greedy developer to over develop a site and create an appalling clumsy design from a well considered building which sits comfortably on this site. The planning department should not allow this to happen. One wonder Reading fails to reach city status with awful developments like this resulting in a very poor public realm, limited green space and poor living environment……..even worse than the approved Drews site……very disappointing .
…..from a local resident and architect who has lived in Reading all my life.