Published on November 23rd, 2015 | by Niall Norbury0
Campaign launched to stop demolition of St Patrick’s Hall
A campaign has been launched to stop the demolition of Pearson Court as part of the University of Reading’s plans to redevelop St Patrick’s Hall.
An online petition created by two former students has already received over 600 signatures calling on the University to ‘stop the proposed demolition of St Patrick’s Hall’.
The University of Reading is currently planning to redevelop St Patrick’s Hall by demolishing the existing buildings and replacing them with new student accommodation. According to the University, over 1,000 new rooms will be created.
Campaigners have voiced fears that the demolition of Pearson Court at St Patrick’s Hall would mean the loss of one of Reading’s most historic buildings. The campaign has received support from the Victorian Society as the halls once housed Royal Air Corps cadets in World War One.
One of the creators of the petition and former RUSU President, Karl Hobley, said: “I totally understand the universities desire to upgrade its estate and provide more rooms for students. That’s something I and many people signing the petition can entirely support, I just don’t think it needs to come at the expense of a beautiful well-loved building that still has much life left in it yet.
“We very respectfully ask that the university pause in its thinking and seriously consider how it can retain these fine buildings as part of its plans. This isn’t an all or nothing scenario.”
In response to the campaign, the University of Reading has said: “St Patrick’s Hall is not a museum piece. It is home to hundreds of students, and while we have maintained and upgraded it over the years, it is now increasingly inefficient and approaching the end of its design life.
“What was appropriate for air cadets in the First World War is inappropriate for students in the 21st century, who rightfully expect high standards.”