Work starts on Dee Park
Mon 12 July 2010, 9:25 am
The transformation of Dee Park estate in Tilehurst, Reading took a significant step forward this week when The Oak Tree public house in Spey Road was demolished in preparation for building 60 brand new Extra Care flats for senior residents of the estate.
This marks the first major step in an exciting £150 million project to completely transform the 1960s-built estate over an eight year period.
It is being carried out by Reading Borough Council’s development partner, Dee Park Partnership (DPP), a joint venture between Willmott Dixon Group and Catalyst Housing Group. The Council and DPP have worked in close co-operation with the local Community Regeneration Action Group (CRAG).
Brian Brady, managing director of Willmott Dixon Homes; Julia Moulder, group director of development, Catalyst Housing Group; Charlie Stevens, Dee Park Partnership project director; representatives from Reading Borough Council and Josh Wilson, a resident and member of CRAG gathered to witness the start of work on site.
Brian Brady said, on behalf of Dee Park Partnership: "We are delighted that, after a long process of close consultation with residents and Reading Borough Council, we have now taken the first steps to begin the major transformation of Dee Park. This is a significant milestone in all our plans to provide an exciting new future for everyone on the estate."
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