A landmark in the construction of Reading’s Station Hill was celebrated on Friday (March 31) when topping out took place at Phase One of the scheme. 

Stakeholders in the development of 600 BTR flats at the southern section of the site, including from construction partner Midgard, gathered along with councillors and other dignitaries to recognise the milestone in construction.

Lincoln MGT’s development of CRTKL-designed studios and one, two and three-bedroom homes, some of which will be ready for occupation this Summer, will have generous amenities along with ground floor retail and two acres of new public realm.

That public space, to be called Station Hill Square, which will link the station with Friar Street and the One Station Hill office development, is due for completion early next year.

Lee Fearnhead, Station Hill’s director of construction for Lincoln Property Company UK & Europe, said: “It is fantastic to celebrate this significant milestone for the project with local stakeholders and our construction partners at Midgard.

“Events like this showcase the amazing achievement that has been made on-site to date but, more importantly, offer an opportunity to give thanks and show our appreciation to the hard-working teams delivering and making the Station Hill vision a reality.

“Phase One will deliver 600 incredible new homes and an amenity offering, creating a vibrant new community in the heart of Reading, and we look forward to welcoming the new residents to the Station Hill community.

“As the first phase is nearing completion, and with office and retail elements also coming online early next year, we are already looking ahead to the final phases to ensure the successful delivery of the comprehensive Station Hill vision.”

Cllr Tony Page, deputy leader of Reading Borough Council and lead member for climate strategy and transport, one of a number of people presented with commemorative trowels for their contribution to the scheme, said: “I am really delighted to participate in an event that celebrates the first major milestone for Station Hill.

“The development has been many years in the making and, as local councillors, we have been working with the owners and the development team to deliver a first-class regeneration scheme for the town and its residents.

“Station Hill is on the doorstep of the ‘new’ Reading Station, which was reopened by the late Queen Elizabeth II in July 2014, and is a key part of the council’s regeneration plan.”

Brendan McGuigan, project director for Midgard, said: “We are grateful to Lincoln MGT for giving JRL Group / Midgard the opportunity to deliver this landmark project.”

Image (top) l-r: Cllr Tony Page and Lee Fearnhead from Lincoln Property Company take part in the topping out. Below shows the group which attended. 

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