The University of Reading plan to restore historic buildings as student flats
The University of Reading have submitted an application for planning permission to Reading Borough Council.
The university has partnered with award-winning heritage restoration specialists Thomas Homes to rejuvenate the early 19th century buildings that adjoin the London Road campus into student apartments.
The listed properties were once the home of the Japanese post-secondary education campus Gyosei International College, later known as Witan International, which closed more than 10 years ago.
University of Reading director of estates management Christopher Reeve said: “Historic buildings like these are important in helping to contribute to Reading’s identity and are vital in creating a sense of heritage.
The plans drawn up by Woodfield Brady Architects include 18 one bedroom apartments, and 35 two bedroom apartments, the site currently sits within part of the University of Reading’s London Road campus which forms an urban block extending from Kendrick Road in the west to Redlands Road in the east
Should permission be granted, restoration work is expected to begin early next year and will take approximately nine months for the project to be completed, ready for the start of academic year 2016/17