Reading’s Station Hill developer Lincoln MGT has announced the first commercial tenant in its Ebb & Flow residential scheme.

Local brewery Siren Craft Brew has signed a 15-year lease on 3,800 sq ft in Friars Walk and will open in May when the final phase of that section of the scheme completes.

The venue, which will face onto Friar Street, will serve a range of locally-produced ales, porters and lagers at its new taproom and restaurant, the first of a number of food and beverage venues due to open in Friars Walk. A crowdfunding process which will involve pre-paid bar tabs and other rewards will help fund it.

The Lincoln MGT team is in talks with several more potential occupiers about units in the scheme.

Alex Aitchison, UK managing director of Lincoln Property, said: “We are delighted to welcome Siren Craft Brew as one of our first amenity offers at Station Hill. Their commitment to Reading mirrors our own and we are delighted to support a local hero as they look to grow their presence across Reading and the UK.

“2024 is an exciting year at Station Hill with the first phase of the Ebb & Flow Build-to-Rent residential community now open.

“We are also looking forward to the completion of the adjoining ONE Station Hill office workspace adjacent to the Station, which includes the new town square and two acres of public realm activated by further food, beverage and leisure amenity, creating a new, best-in-class destination for Reading.”

Darron Anley, founder of Siren Craft Brew, said: “One of our all-time ambitions has been to open a flagship taproom in our home town of Reading, so it’s incredible to finally announce that we’re doing it.

“We’re committed to building something new and unique, while supporting the great work that other like-minded independent businesses have been doing for many years. Station Hill is the right venue, in the right place, at the right time, and we align with its ambition to bring a diverse and exciting offering to the town centre. We cannot wait to be pouring brewery-fresh pints from the new site this Spring.”

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