Chatham Place complete
by Marco Cillario Thu 7 April 2016, 1:07 pm
The second and final phase of a £100 million residential development in Reading is now complete.
Work at Chatham Square, part of Muse Developments’ 225,552sq m Chatham Place, started in 2012 and finished in February 2016, delivering 184 one and two-bed apartments split over two buildings of nine and 19 storeys, with ground floor retail units, an urban garden and public realm artwork.
The first phase of the development, completed in 2009, included a 596-space multistorey car park and two residential blocks with 307 new homes.
Chatham Place has been developed in partnership with Reading Borough Council as part of an extension of the town centre within the council’s ‘Reading 2020’ vision, which shapes objectives for how the city will look in 2020.
Robert Poole, projects director at Muse, said the development had “transformed this part of the town, not only providing new homes, but also creating a vibrant new public space for local people and visitors alike”.
The completion of the scheme was celebrated with canon fire and music. The installation of nine panels, ‘Walking Words’, told key points of Reading’s history. This was commissioned by Muse, created by local artist Sally Castle and marked through a programme of nine events, as part of Reading’s Year of Culture.
Poole added: “I’m sure the fascinating Walking Words panels will be instrumental in establishing Chatham Square as a new destination and a space that the local community and new residents can enjoy together.”