Reviewing the core suggestions made in Session 1 we then encouraged participants to consider a timeline for their delivery, what should take priority and what particular type of change would it require e.g. governance, behaviour or technology.
Solar powered vehicle charging south of M4 or at Junction 11.
Business incubation space in UoR Science Park
Sustainable energy or an Anaeorbic Digestion Plant at Green Park
Marina or nature reserve on flood plains to west of A33.
High level sustainable pedestrian and cycle route into Reading
Support to development of independent retailers on Oxford Road
Improved transport links along the Oxford Road
Build to Rent development close to Prospect Park
Flood/nature reserve/marina close to Festival site
Compact housing and employment uses across central Reading
Re-establishment of hidden rivers through Reading’s town centre
Another road bridge across the River Thames
Delivery of shared ownership housing in Caversham
Development of ‘Winnersh Village’ given transportation links
Create a ‘tourist trap’ around the historical elements of Reading centre
Deliver fun activities by the river in the parks
A district energy network alongside the River Thames
Independent market hall or Hub for start-ups with encouraging rents
Entertainment quarter on civic centre/broad st mall/hexagon site with skate park, cafes and open space.
Open air swimming pool powered by renewable energy close to the River Thames
Improved pedestrian link to river and parks under railway.
Rapid transit linking the north and south
Rebalancing of north and south of town in terms of built environment
Open town to the River Thames
Build over the railway line in order to better link the north and south and connect to the river.
High quality floating residential with green roofs alongside the river.
A Cathedral of people/Theatre of dreams building – The Reading Barbican
Provide accommodation for the festival within the centre of town.
Extend the commercial hub north of the station and to the River Thames
Develop a leisure facility in walking distance of town centre/close to marina as a leisure hub
Reduce the status of the IDR, especially where the commercial area crosses it
Use IDR for Mass rapid transport.
Overbridge the IDR to the west where possible
Entrepreneurs could populate the west auction house site – studios and workshops, residential above.
Green roofs on town centre development continue the wildlife corridors
The second Oracle at Shinfield
Build around Green Park to deliver a South Garden City
Green park Hub
Mass rapid transit linking north to south and east to west
Family homes delivered on the current Cattle Market site
A year round Festival Park
High rise, high density in centre
Tech city west focus area
A Sky train
Cathedral Quarter at Reading Minster
Arena and public open space on the Civic Centre/Hexagon/St Mary’s Butts site
Arts and cultural centre in same location
New urban village by the water – Festival site
Aqua zone by marina
Play zone by river and parks
Tech cells campus
Interface with river and development in opportunity area to east of town centre