Tower power

photoIt might be in a state of upheaval at the moment but Station Hill never stops being relevant to the ongoing development of the entire town.

At the September 12 Thames Valley Property Conference it was revealed the site was once a peaceful orchard.

But it was also explained that the planned redevelopment, which has been dragging on for close to a decade now, is now feasible because a) it will be built in five phases and b) because rents will go up due to the station redevelopment.

Which begs the question, why was Thames Tower’s planned redevelopment scrapped? Just visible in the background in this picture Thames Tower is a dire and miserable blot on the landscape. With redevelopment all around, this building, now due to get nothing more than a refurb, will be the true poor relation.

As the owners can’t afford the rebuild, it’s frustrating that they they have the power to just hang onto it while it brings down the whole of a crucial area. The best thing its owners could do would be sell it to someone who can redevelop it.

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About Alan Bunce

Freelance journalist Former Community Editor with the Reading Post. Former Business Editor with the Reading Chronicle.
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