Demolition works are clearing the way for the construction of a new community centre in Dee Park at Tilehurst.
Contractors are demolishing six blocks of flats in Thurso Close where the new centre will be provided.
Dee Park has been undergoing a £150m regeneration for the past seven years and the provision of a new community facility is the latest phase of construction.
The scheme is being led by Dee Park Partnership (DPP) – a joint venture between Wilmott Dixon and Catalyst – in partnership with Reading Borough Council.
The estate is being revitalised with new homes for private sale and for affordable rent and with associated infrastructure and landscaping.
The need for a community centre has always been a very important part of the regeneration.
The aim is to provide a flexible space with meeting rooms and a hall which can be used by residents’ groups, an area for community services, a commercial kitchen and an outdoor space.
DPP is aiming to submit a planning application for the centre later in the year.
Councillor Jo Lovelock, Leader of the Council and Chair of the Dee Park Project Board, said:
“I am sure residents will be pleased to see the regeneration of Dee Park moving forward and these old blocks of flats being demolished.
“These works are a positive step as they will clear the way for a much-needed modern community centre which can be used by local residents, groups and organisations.”
Phase 2 of Dee Park regeneration saw the 500th family moving into a new home on the estate and the project has also provided extra-care home Oak Tree House for older residents, new sports facilities for Ranikhet Academy, a convenience store and a local Neighbourhood Office for residents.