Kings Point


Kings Point, Reading

Kings Point, Reading

CNN Estates

RPS advised on Planning and Heritage / Conservation aspects of a programme of critical fire-safety upgrades at Henley Business School.

RPS CgMs’ Historic Buildings and Planning Teams secured a consent for the redevelopment of this landmark site in the centre of Reading. The site currently comprises an unsightly, redundant office building which has a strong, detrimental impact on the setting and significance of a number of surrounding heritage assets. The principal heritage considerations were the impact of the proposed tower on the setting and significance of a listed buildings and a conservation area.

The exemplar building proposed will become a local landmark with the public benefits from the proposed scheme comprising the provision of additional housing to help meet the Local Planning Authority’s housing quota, the creation of two new public squares as well as a new and improved canal side realm. The application included significant consultation and liaison with Historic England, the LPA and other stakeholders.

The application was submitted in January 2015 with a successful decision received in June 2015.