We are working on exciting proposals to revitalise Reading’s cultural offer. We intend to do this by transforming the much-loved Hexagon Theatre and building a modern new Central Library. Alongside this, we will also be creating a new public reception to the council and service centre at the Civic Offices.
It is our ambition to do everything we can to ensure that all residents, whatever their circumstances or background, can share in the town’s success.
In January 2023, we received the fantastic news that the council has been successful in our bid for ‘Levelling Up’ funding, and we have been awarded £19.1 million to revitalise Reading’s cultural offer.
Read the latest on the Civic Library consultation.
This will form the first phase of a longer-term regeneration of the Hexagon.
The Hexagon development is part of our ambitious and wider plan to create the ‘Minster Quarter’. The Minster Quarter plan will include building hundreds of new homes in a significant area of the town centre, creating a vibrant thriving new community at the heart of the town. A lot of the housing will be much-needed affordable housing. It will bring new jobs and growth which will benefit local residents and the local economy.
Both proposals focus on improved sustainability. This is part of our commitment to working towards a net-zero carbon Reading by 2030.
We will match-fund our award by 10% from our own capital investment fund.
We have created some indicative designs and artist’s impressions which you can see below. We are emphasising that our proposals are still relatively early concepts.
There will be more chances for residents and stakeholders to feed into the design process as the project progresses.
The Government’s £4.8 billion fund runs until 2024/25. The aim of the fund is to invest in infrastructure that improves everyday life for local residents. The grants support town centre and high street regeneration, local transport projects, and cultural and heritage assets. Find out more about the Levelling up Fund.