Plans to turn former Yell House Reading into 284 student flats

3 / 06 / 2015

Plans to turn former Yell House Reading into 284 student flats


Following the purchase by Crown Student Living, advised by Haslams Chartered Surveyors, an application has been submitted to convert the former Yell House in Queen’s Walk into 284 student flats, the latest in a line of student developments in the town.

Alder King Planning Consultants have applied to Reading Borough Council on behalf of Crown Student Living to redevelop the building.

The project would see 231 units built in the former office space, sleeping 344 people, with 53 more units in a two storey extension, sleeping a further 66.

Originally built in 1985, the 0.61 hectare Yell House was part of the larger neighbouring hotel development but it quickly changed to offices. The building was then home to The Yellow Pages (Yell) for many years.

It was vacated by Yell (now Hibu) in 2010, who moved to One Reading Central, and despite plans for 110 new flats in 2013, it has remained empty since.

Plans for the site point to its proximity to Reading Station 1.2km and it is also 4km from the University of Reading campus.

If approved, the building would feature a gym and cinema in the basement.

STOP PRESS – STOP PRESS – Planning Consent was granted at July’s planning committee meeting, and construction works will commence shortly.

Neil Seager

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