The University of Reading has a proven track record of creating excellent teaching and research facilities. Over recent years, we have made significant investments into the provision of first-class facilities, including student accommodation and contemporary teaching spaces.
The 2026: TRANSFORM programme will see a further £200 million invested into the improvement of our campus sites.
Many of these projects stem directly from student feedback, such as the need for more study space and better technical resources. Other key initiatives address the importance of sustainability, with projects focusing on energy efficiency and the reduction of our carbon emissions.
While these plans focus on our long-term ambitions, we will be taking great care to minimise the risk of disruption for students currently studying at the University.
To a university student, a library becomes more than an ordinary building. Libraries are integral to the student journey, helping to stimulate learning and development.
This is why we are investing over £40 million into the modernisation of our Library. We want the Library to be a vibrant focal point of our Whiteknights campus. The project began in summer 2016 and is scheduled for completion mid-2019.
The £35 refurbishment of the URS building is on hold as the University reconsiders its plans following a listing decision by Historic England.
As an example of Brutalist architecture, URS received a Grade 2 listing from Historic England in 2016. The full implications of this decision are being assessed by the redevelopment design team.
Health & Life Sciences Building
We have seen a lot of growth within our Life Sciences faculty over recent times – for instance, our School of Biological Sciences has attracted larger numbers of students over the past few years.
We need to upgrade our facilities -to match this demand. An investment of over £55 million is proposed to reconfigure our teaching space.
Greenlands accommodation project
In recent years there has been a significant shift in the hotel industry to provide larger rooms at a better quality for business clientele.
Henley Business School needs to respond to these demands and the changing expectations of its business delegates in order to maintain its position in the global market.
We are investing approximately £9.3 million into the creation of new, high-quality accommodation at Henley Business School’s Greenlands campus, replacing the existing 56 bedrooms available in Paddock House.
60 new bedrooms will be built into two separate buildings, with each bedroom equivalent to the standards and specifications of four-star accommodation.
HeNley Business School Complex
Student uptake for Henley Business School is consistently high year on year, and with having more students based at Whiteknights campus, extra space becomes a necessity.
Approximately £31 million will be invested into the creation of additional teaching and learning space at Henley Business School. As well minor improvements to space within its current site, a brand new teaching block will also be created.