Dukesbridge House, 23 Duke Street, Reading

Client

Investec Bank Channel Islands Ltd

Property

Dukesbridge House, 23 Duke Street, Reading

Role

Project Monitoring

Contract Value

Undisclosed

Time Scale

Ongoing

Dukesbridge House is a former office block located in a highly desirable location alongside the River Kennet in the centre of Reading.  PBC has been appointed as Independent Monitoring Surveyor on the conversion of the building’s commercial office space into 76 dwellings.  This Change of Use project is being carried out under the Government’s Permitted Development Rights.

Prior to work starting to convert the commercial space into 4 studios, 70 one-bed and 2 two-bed apartments, the plans were submitted to the Council for verification, to ensure the conversion met current Permitted Development Rights.  However, as these Rights do not allow for any external changes to the fabric of the building, separate Planning Permission was sought and received to alter existing fenestration, and to landscape the outside areas to provide a refuse and cycle storage area.

The project also includes the lowering and replacement of the basement slab, to allow for additional residential accommodation at this level, which previously accommodated parking.

Once complete, the flats will provide much-needed range of rental accommodation.