The Biscuit Tin opens at Station Hill

Fri 1 July 2016, 10:26 am

A temporary event space has opened at Station Hill in central Reading.

Named in reference to the town’s industrial heritage, The Biscuit Tin is now open daily as a coffee shop, a bar and a venue for special events. 

Constructed from two shipping containers, it will have both indoor and outdoor seating, including a roof deck, and will be open from 6.30am until 11pm from Monday to Saturday and from 10.00am until 10.00pm on Sundays.

The Biscuit Tin will be in place for up to 10 years on the site of Stanhope’s ongoing Station Hill development. When complete, the scheme will provide more than 450 homes, 86,400sq m of office space and 13,935sq m of retail on a two-hectare site. 

Located next to Reading station, it was granted planning permission in December 2013. 

Demolition work, which started in April 2015, has been completed. Around 90% of the rubble from the derelict Western Tower, taken down during demolition phase, has been recycled on-site and will now be used to prepare the ground for the next phases.

Councillor Tony Page, deputy leader of Reading Borough Council and lead member for strategic environment, planning and transport, said: “It’s a pleasure to look out from Reading Station and not be confronted by the grim view of the dilapidated old buildings on Station Hill which blighted the area for so long.

"People arriving by rail now receive a much more welcoming first impression of the town centre. I hope the new pop-up park will become a destination in its own right.

“I’m sure The Biscuit Tin will provide an assortment of entertainment and activities to keep attracting more visitors over the summer months.”

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