Reading triumphs at property awards
Mon 18 May 2015, 10:40 am
Reading has been named as the town of the year at the Thames Valley Property Awards. The gong was presented to economic development company Reading UK CIC and Reading Borough Council at a ceremony attend by 500 people at Ascot Racecourse.
Several other Reading developments and organisations triumphed at the awards, including Lambert Smith Hampton, which won 'commercial property consultant of the year' and an 'outstanding contribution' award, given to the company's head of Thames Valley, Nick Coote.
Elsewhere, Green Park won 'business park of the year', urban design company Barton Willmore won 'best workplace environment', One Valpy won 'development of the year' and Heaton and Partners won 'rising star property business of the year'.
Tony Page, Reading Borough Council’s lead member for strategic environment, planning and transport, said: “Reading remains a popular place to live, work, visit and in which to do business. The town centre in particular has weathered the recession well and we are now seeing the fruits of the council’s planning as huge investments in town begin to take shape.
“The council, alongside Network Rail, has played an integral role in the recent transformation of Reading Station. Alongside that we are now seeing real progress as Station Hill and other town centre developments move forward.”
Major investment in transport infrastructure is deemed by the council as a key factor for making Reading an attractive destination for investors. In the past year, over 185,000sq m of office and residential space has been delivered or is under development within 500 metres of Reading Station.