Case study: Uncovering Reading’s heritage

Historic Area Assessment for Reading

Archway Heritage, in conjunction with the Built Heritage Consultancy and Ultranyx, delivered a rapid historic area assessment for the central area of Reading.

The assessment identified historic character areas within the town, and its benefits include:

  • business recovery through promotion of heritage, attracting visitors
  • a guide to inform the design of redevelopment proposals
  • information for residents of the history behind unique historic features
  • supporting baseline information for those protecting heritage in Reading.
Character areas and sub-areas

Character areas and sub-areas

 

 

Key views

Key views

 

Professional skill in surveying and assessing heritage interest

Professional skill in surveying and assessing heritage interest

Archway Heritage worked with Reading Civic Society, who supported a call for volunteers, to extend the opportunity to learn about surveying and rapid assessments to young people. Our thanks to Bronte, Joe and Dave for their participation in the survey. Joe now works with Archway Heritage on a part-time basis.

We worked with the Reading UK BID team and the Conservation Area Advisory Committee and our thanks to them for their input. Our thanks too to Matt at Reading Museum for providing his expertise on historic Reading. We consulted with Urban Place Lab on their assessment work to coordinate our efforts.

Example of collaboration with Urban Space Lab

Example of collaboration with Urban Space Lab

Our thanks to our clients, Historic England and Reading Borough Council, for their inputs into the process. Reading Borough Council will make the survey report available on their website and the survey data will be accessible from the Historic Environment Records.