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The changing face of Newbury

The proposed redevelopment of the Kennet Centre got us thinking about the changing sky line of Newbury and the buildings that have disappeared over recent years.

The former Iceland sat within Pearl House. The building was once a significant 1960’s podium and tower office development, but its tower was demolished in the 1999 and with it any semblance of architectural merit was also lost. That's according to Gaunt Francis Architects who worked on the redevelopment of the site into a later living and retail scheme.

The Premier Inn now sits on the former car park between BST Fitness and the Travelodge. It opened in May 2018 and added another 100 rooms to the Town’s accommodation roster.

The long running saga that is Newbury Football Ground took another twist this week when a planning application was submitted by West Berkshire Council. The application states they want to create open space for public recreational sport including demolition of former football ground clubhouse, delivery of new parking spaces and erection of timber bollards and new fencing generally.

In March 2018 an application was lodged which would have seen the former home of the Newbury Weekly News redeveloped. Its owners wanted to demolish the existing Newspaper House and commercial buildings with the redevelopment of the site for 71 flats and office accommodation together with parking and associated works. Discussions are continuing about that one.

The old bridge at Newbury Railway Station was removed in 2018. According to Network Rail the foot bridge wasn't high enough to get the wires underneath it and was replaced with another crossing at the other end of the platform.

The landmark building, Sterling Cables, on the outskirts of the Town will become apartments. Demolition work on the site started about four years ago. It was revealed earlier this month by the scheme's new architects, that the new apartments are a fire risk.

And finally lets finish with the one that wont go away.

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