Southcote Community Hub

Southcote Community Hub is one of the new community hubs developed by Reading Borough Council, with a view to providing a shared location for a range of services. The centre was recently refurbished and extended to include a library, children’s centre and upgraded facilities.

It is a single storey, fully accessible building that offers a bright, spacious hall, a multipurpose meeting room and a 1:1 room; all of which are available for hire to individuals and organisations. 

How to find us

Southcote Community Hub is located on Coronation Square and is easily accessible from the centre of Reading (approximately 20 minutes by bus). The nearest bus route is number 26 which provides a regular service throughout the day until 11pm. The bus stop you need to use is called Coronation Square.


Please note: if you are travelling by car, there is very limited parking available at the centre due to its location, therefore we advise travelling by bus or getting a taxi.

Hiring this venue

The person hiring this venue must be at least 21 years of age and we may ask for evidence of age. The Hall holds 80 people (standing) or 50 people (seated). Southcote Room holds 20 people and is only available when the library is open. The One to One room holds 4 people and is only available at weekends or evenings.

You will need to pay a £100 deposit in accordance with the terms and conditions below. The deposit is a separate charge from the private function rates of each room:

Non charity rate:

  • Hall, including tea point £32 per hour
  • Southcote Room, including tea point* £11.40 per hour
  • One to One Room ** £11.40 per hour

Charity/not for profit, RBC and BFfC rate:

  • Hall, including tea point £17 per hour
  • Meeting Room, including tea point* £7.40 per hour
  • One to One Room ** £7.40 per hour

* Only available during library times

** Only available evenings and weekends

You will be subject to a security fee of £25 + VAT per booking, or £50 + VAT for public and bank holidays.

For one-off bookings there is an additional charge of 11% on the hire cost for Public Liability Insurance.

This is a non-smoking building, including vaping and e-cigarettes. This includes the grounds of the property, smoking must be outside of the property.

Supporting information

Some events may need you to send in extra information. Please see the list below:

  • Evidence of Public Liability Insurance at a minimum indemnity of £5million
  • A copy of your safeguarding policy if you are running activities for people under 19
  • A food hygiene certificate if you plan to serve food to the public
  • If you are planning to sell alcohol at your event, you need to obtain a Temporary Events Notice
  • A copy of your adults safeguarding policy if you are running sessions which may have vulnerable adults attending

For further details or queries, please contact the Lettings Team who will be able to advise accordingly.

Make an enquiry

If you are interested in hiring the venue, please complete the community centre enquiry form and a member of the Lettings Team will contact you within 72 hours.

Last updated on 05/04/2024