Published on October 26th, 2015 | by Niall Norbury0
University of Reading to redevelop St. Patrick’s Hall
The University of Reading has unveiled plans to provide over 1,000 new rooms by redeveloping St. Patrick’s Hall.
The newly redeveloped hall of residence will feature a new catering hub, junior common room, group study area as well as increasing the number of rooms from 300 to just over 1,000.
The development will see the demolition and replacement of the existing buildings at St. Patrick’s Hall. St. Patrick’s was founded in 1908 and is the second oldest hall of residence at the University of Reading after Wantage Hall.
The University of Reading reports that St. Patrick’s Hall is coming to the end of its design life with its lack of social space, lack of bathrooms, small kitchen facilities and poor environmental standards not meeting the standards of a modern institution.
The proposals also aim to meet the rising demand for student accommodation at the University of Reading. Earlier this year it was reported that some new students were forced to stay in local hotels due to a shortage in accommodation.
Proposals are due to be submitted to Reading Borough Council before Christmas, with construction aiming to begin in autumn 2016. The redevelopment will be staggered so that students can remain in hall. The redevelopment will be complete by the start of the 2019/20 academic year.
Vice-Chancellor, Sir David Bell, said: “This is the exciting next stage in the modernisation and refurbishment of our halls. Future students of St Patrick’s will have top-class facilities, all up to the best environmental standards.
“The proposed redevelopment will enable us to meet rising demand for places and university-owned accommodation next to the main campus, whilst the range of accommodation types will mean that all budgets are catered for. We will be working closely with the local community, staff and students over the coming weeks to ensure we get our plans absolutely right.”
View the full plans for the redevelopment here.