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The School of Architecture hosts Reading 2050 designers' workshop

Designers attending the workshopProf Lorraine Farrelly 25.01.2016

Reading 2050 is a partnership between the University of Reading, Barton Wilmore and Reading UK CIC. It is working with the business, academic and professional communities to consider ideas for the future of Reading and the region.

As part of a series of workshops, which have previously considered economical, cultural and social issues affecting the area, the School of Architecture hosted a workshop for designers on 25 January 2016. The brief was to consider a series of scenarios for the future of Reading around 6 areas of opportunity:

  • The IDR (Inner Distribution Road)
  • Oxford Road
  • The River Thames
  • A new floating community
  • Reading Station
  • The Abbey Quarter

The event was attended by Councilor Tony Page and the Mayor of Reading Sarah Hacker, who are interested to discuss ideas and outcomes from the workshop.

Design professionals including architects, urban designers, landscape architects transport specialists and engineers attended the day and working in groups developed some visionary ideas for Reading.

The themes for this workshop will inform the design curriculum for the new School of Architecture, relating our students to Future ideas for the town.

Many thanks to the architects and designers who attended:

  • Richard Webb – Barton Willmore
  • Ben Somner – Broadway Malyan
  • Rob Thompson – Planit IE
  • Steve Kemp – OpenPlan
  • Steven Bee – Academy of Urbanism
  • Andrew Gibbons – ARUP
  • Barry Gaffney – Barton Willmore
  • Matthew Chamberlain – ACG Architects
  • Jane Fowles – Novell Tullett
  • Nina Virdi – Pollard Thomas Edwards
  • Annemarie De Boom – studio | REAL
  • Liam Sharp – Barton Willmore
  • John Haxworth – Barton Willmore
  • Richard Jobson – Design Engine
  • Jennifer Forakis – Hoop Architecture
  • Jon Rowland – Jon Rowland Urban Design
  • Jaimie Ferguson – Turley
  • Peter Newton – Barton Willmore
  • David Cooper – Barton Willmore
  • Peter Frankum – Savills
  • James Jackson – WSP Group
  • Jonathan Woodroffe – S333
  • Chris James – Broadway Malyan
  • Mark Baker – Barton Willmore
  • Keith Shearer – Adam Urbanism
  • Ashley Taylor – Broadway Malyan
  • Dominic Papa – S333
  • Nick Makemson – Scotts Brownrigg
  • Dominic Scott – Barton Willmore
  • Rupert Cook – Architecture PLB
  • Bob Allies – Allies & Morrison
  • Craig Becconsall – Peter Brett Associates
  • Michele Lavelle – 4D Landscape Design Ltd

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