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  • Chancellors
  • 46 Market Place
  • Reading
  • Berkshire
  • RG1 2DT, UK
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Marc Williams

Regional Director, Reading Branch

Brianna Joss

Lettings Director, Reading Branch

  • Address
  • Chancellors
  • 46 Market Place
  • Reading
  • Berkshire
  • RG1 2DT, UK
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At the heart of the Thames Valley sits one of the largest towns in England. Despite its economic success and growing population, Reading is yet to receive ‘city’ status. For now, it remains a sought-after town which rivals some of the UK’s biggest cities.

Reading Town

Often cited as one of the best places to work and live in the country, the region has enjoyed unprecedented growth in recent years. It’s partly due to its close proximity to London – only 30 minutes via train – and the area is now considered a mecca for leading tech firms. Some of the big names with operations here include Microsoft, Dell and Ericsson.

Situated in business parks close to the M4 corridor, these modern industries haven’t spoiled the integrity of the surrounding Thames countryside. Nearby villages such as Sonning, Winnersh and Streatley promise a slower pace of life complete with thatched cottages and country pubs. Scenic open spaces are also located in and around the town, with the River Thames a short walking distance away.

Reading is a top retail destination thanks to its impressive shopping complexes such as The Oracle – a large indoor mall and leisure centre. Other attractions include the many sporting facilities, from golf courses to swimming pools, not forgetting the Madejski Stadium.

The Oracle Reading

This provides all the convenience of a city, made even more appealing due to its enduring rural charm. As such, Reading promises an unrivalled housing location for both old and young.

 

Transportation in Reading

The close proximity to the M4 corridor provides convenient access to the M25, linking to London and the rest of the UK. Both the M40 and M3 are within easy reach, and travel to Heathrow by car takes approximately 40 minutes.

As a major transportation hub, Reading station offers similar appeal for those travelling by train. Services between London Paddington and Reading run every 15 to 20 minutes, taking as little as 30 minutes. As part of the Crossrail programme in 2019, this journey time is expected to reduce further with the introduction of a high-capacity railway.

 

Primary and secondary schools in Reading

Reading is home to some of the top-performing schools in the country. There are more than 35 primary schools within the borough, providing plenty of choice for those with smaller children.

At the secondary level, the options are just as extensive, with a handful of outstanding grammar and independent schools. Reading School, a boys’ grammar school with academy status, is one of the oldest in England. Girls have the option of Kendrick School, named third in the Telegraph’s league table of the UK’s 100 top-performing schools based on GCSE results.

The University of Reading boasts exceptional facilities for higher education, considered amongst the top 1% of universities in the world. Alternatively,  Reading College offers young adults over 900 courses. These include both university-level programmes and apprenticeships.

 

History of Reading

Maiwand Lion Statue

It may boast all the convenience of a modern town, but Reading’s 1,000-year history is ever-present. The many historic treasures provide an insight into its vibrant past, which began during the 6th century. As a stronghold for a Viking tribe, a settlement was formed and later captured by the Danes in 871.

Prosperity was to follow throughout the middle ages. The town became an established stopover on the main road from London, and a popular destination among pilgrims. An abbey was commissioned by Henry I, but later closed during the Dissolution of the Monasteries. The crumbled ruins can still be explored to this day.

Despite the civil unrest which was to follow, the many industries of Reading continued to flourish. The wool and leather trades were later replaced with silk production and iron founding. Infrastructure improved in the Victorian era with the opening of a hospital and science school. This prosperity carried through to the 20th century with the launch of Reading University in 1926. Today, Reading has transformed into a modern-day hub and sought-after location for high-tech businesses and start-ups.

University of Reading

Things to do in Reading

With something for both visitors and residents, Reading offers an exciting mix of attractions. From the many historic sights to the impressive shopping complexes and family-friendly amenities, here are some of the highlights:

  • Reading Museum
  • Basildon Park
  • Silchester Roman City Walls and Ampitheatre
  • Madejski Stadium
  • Krazy Playdays
  • Teamworks Karting Reading
  • Mapledurham House
  • Forbury Gardens
  • Reading Abbey
  • Vue Cinemas
  • Wokingham Superbowl
  • Museum of English Rural Life

 

How to get to Reading

  • By road: Reading can be easily reached from the M4. For those travelling from London, take junction 10 and continue on the A3290. Otherwise, take junction 11 if travelling from Swindon and continue to the A33 before following signs for Reading.
  • By rail: Reading is home to a mainline train station with frequent services to London, as well as links to other major cities including Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow and Cardiff.

Commercial estate agents in Reading

Chancellors is the leading Reading commercial estate agent, with a 10-person team boasting unparalleled knowledge of letting and selling commercial property in the Berkshire town.

 

Types of commercial space in Reading

There is plenty of demand for commercial space in Reading. One of the most sought-after locations is Reading International Business Park, 3.5 miles south of the town centre.

Adjacent to junction 11 of the M4 and within a short drive of the M3, M25 and M40, Reading International offers superb transport links on 8 acres of development land.

As a commercial estate agent in Reading, we also see a lot of interest in retail space within the town centre. The main shopping zone incorporates the Oracle and Broad Street Mall shopping centres, with Broad Street itself running between the two malls.

 

Major industries and businesses in Reading

Often dismissed as part of the London commuter belt, Reading is an important commercial centre in its own right. In fact, the town is actually a net inward destination for consumers. According to the borough council, 30,000 people arrive and 24,000 people leave the Reading area each morning.

Some of the world’s biggest companies have headquarters or UK offices in the town, including the likes of IT giants Microsoft and Oracle, directories and internet services company Hibu – formerly Yell – and insurance provider Prudential.

At Chancellors, we love getting involved in the communities in which we work. We are thrilled that we have the opportunity to once again sponsor the amazing event of Walk for Wards held by NHS Charity, Royal Berks Charity.

 

Join the Walk for Wards Event 2022 on Sunday 25th September at a new location

 

royalberkscharitylogo 

Royal Berks Charity have announced the launch of their 2022 Walk for Wards event at Mapledurham House. After a successful event at Dinton Pastures Country Park last September, the Royal Berks Charity decided it was time for a move.

Regional Director, Malcolm Cowie commented on the continued partnership: “We at Chancellors are delighted to work with the NHS to sponsor this fantastic annual event. Having been involved in last year’s event, we are very excited to see Walk for Wards grow in size and to be able to help raise even more funds for such a worthy cause.”

As an NHS charity, the Royal Berks Charity relies on their supporters to help fund their work. This means that what they do is only possible thanks to the generosity and support of people from local communities. From state-of-the-art equipment to pioneering and innovative delivery of care, every donation raised supports the incredible NHS staff at our hospitals and enhances the level of care that they provide to thousands of patients and their families every year.

Martin Butler, Community Fundraising Manager for the charity, said: “Having walked around the new routes on the estate last week, we are really excited for people to join us in September.

“The event starts and finishes at the front of the beautiful Mapledurham House. We are inviting participants to bring a picnic to enjoy in the grounds after the walk – there might even be a few onsite goodies!”

 

EVENT INFORMATION:

There are two routes on offer, a 5km and a 10km, both with stunning views across the river Thames and the Mapledurham Estate. Due to the nature of the terrain the routes are, unfortunately, not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs, however dogs on leads are welcome.

 

Tickets are priced as follows:

 5km £7.00

 10km £10.00

 Children under 5 and dogs are free of charge

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This is an extremely popular event so it’s best to sign up for tickets early to avoid disappointment.

 Royal Berks Charity, Walk for Wards 2022

 Mapledurham House

 Sunday 25th September

 www.royalberkscharity.co.uk/walk-for-wards

Want to fundraise? If you raise over £50 you will receive an RBC branded t-shirt. Alternatively, these will also be on sale on the day.

If you have any questions about the event, please get in touch with events@royalberkshire.nhs.uk and there will be a friendly team of fundraisers to support you.

About Royal Berks Charity

At the Royal Berks Charity, we pride ourselves on being able to help improve and enhance the experience of our patients and staff across our sites. Because of our supporters, we are able to support new projects in a way that government funding wouldn’t allow. From purchasing the latest cutting-edge equipment to helping us ensure our staff receive the support they need to do the best job possible.

Reading Estate Agents 

Chancellors estate and lettings agents opened its Reading office back in 2013. We offer a range of exceptional services to buyers, tenants, sellers and landlords. Over the years, we have developed a reputation for our professionalism, diligence and outstanding customer service.  

Our Reading branch occupies a prime position on the corner of Market Place and Butter Place, close to the train station and the Oracle shopping centre. Our branch is open from Monday to Saturday if you would like to have a chat with us and see the properties, flats and properties to let we have available in Reading and the surrounding areas. 

We are available to take your calls from 8:30am to 8:00 pm Monday to Friday, and 10am to 3:00pm on Saturdays. Alternatively, you can email us, and we will get back to you as soon as possible. 

What we can offer to you: 

  • Free, no-obligation market appraisals 
  • An extensive portfolio of residential and commercial properties  
  • Land and new homes 
  • Property management support 
  • Student lettings 
  • Expert investment and market advice 

Benefit from experienced estate agents in Reading who have an intimate knowledge of the local area. 

What is Reading Like? 

Reading is a vibrant and diverse town in Berkshire. One of the largest towns in the whole of the UK, Reading is the perfect place for anyone who is looking to live in a bustling town with a family-friendly feel. 

Reading is a prime spot for London commuters who are looking to get more for their money outside of the capital. The Berkshire town is just 30 minutes away from London via a direct train to London Paddington. Being within such close proximity of the capital, Reading is a great option for those who are looking to leave the hustle and bustle of London but still be a resident in a lively town. With a great selection of entertainment, a busy nightlife and a notably warm community feel, Reading has plenty to offer. 

Reading has been voted as one of the best places to make a living and work in the UK. The information technology sector is particularly strong in Reading, and both Microsoft and Oracle have headquarters in the town. Information technology, business and financial services, legal services, energy and renewables, bio-pharma and biotech and the creative sector are all popular job sectors in Reading.  

Some of the most popular areas in Reading include: 

  • Reading town centre. If you want to be right in the heart of all the action, this is the place to be. Unsurprisingly, this is the most popular area for students 
  • Earley. This is a particularly popular area with families with family-friendly activities and beautiful lakesides 
  • Caversham. This is a suburb a mile outside of Reading with a charming community atmosphere 
  • Winnersh. If you would rather live in the countryside but still have easy access to the town, this is the place for you. There are over 70 allotments here as well as a community hall 
  • Woodley. This is the largest suburb of Reading, 4 miles east of the town centre. It has a good range of shops, supermarkets and cafes as well as a fantastic leisure centre  

Transport Links  

Reading is an extremely well-connected town, offering excellent transport links. Reading Railway Station is the second busiest railway hub outside of London, with First Great Western, CrossCountry and South West Trains all running services from Reading to locations across the UK. The station has many direct routes, including the popular Reading to London Paddington route, which has around 140 services per day. 

Reading Buses and its subsidiaries provide a frequent local bus network within Reading and the surrounding areas. Reading is also a cycling-friendly town, with a number of comprehensive local cycle routes and connections. 

Reading is also conveniently located for international travel. Heathrow Airport can be reached within an hour by road, with Heathrow just 40 minutes away via the M4. Also, you can reach Luton Airport in less than an hour and a half. 

Schools in the Area

Reading has an enviable standard of education with 50 primary schools and 20 secondary schools, many of which are rated as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted.  

Primary schools in Reading include All Saints Junior School, which is rated as ‘outstanding’, as well as Oxford Road Community School and The Hill Primary School, which are both rated as ‘good’. There are four secondary schools which are rated as ‘outstanding’: Reading School; Kendrick School; Maiden Erlegh School and UTC Reading. 

For higher education, the University of Reading offers an excellent standard of education. Reading is also a town with a thriving creative spirit. Reading College and School of Art and Design offers hundreds of courses for those on the creative path.  

Attractions in Reading

Reading is perhaps most well known for its world-famous eponymous festival, The Reading Festival, which has hosted some of the biggest names in music for decades.  

The Abbey Ruins are one of Reading’s biggest attractions, providing the chance to explore 900 years of history. This large, ruined abbey is the former grounds of Reading’s royal abbey and is the burial place of King Henry I.  

Reading Museum is a wonderful museum of the history of Reading and the surrounding areas, offering a great day out for all of the family.  

The beautiful indoor Oracle shopping and leisure mall sits on the banks of the River Kennet in the heart of the city. The shopping centre has amassed a noteworthy collection of awards and is famous for its exceptional customer service. 

The Oracle opened its doors in 1999 and has become the region’s premier shopping and leisure destination. Home to 90 high street and high end retailers, 30 cafes, bars and restaurants and an impressive 11-screen Vue cinema, The Oracle is a worthy rival to any London-based shopping centre.  

Situated in the centre of the town, The Harris Arcade is a small and unique 1930s arcade with quirky and independent shops from comic book and vinyl stores to an authentic African clothing shop.  

The University of Reading was established in the 19th century as an Oxford University affiliate. The highly regarded university offers an excellent standard of education in a range of subjects and is ranked among the top 200 universities in the world (and 40th in the UK).  

The Madejksi stadium is the home of Reading football club, and also hosts music events.

Bars, Restaurants and Nightlife in Reading 

Being a university town, it will come as no surprise that Reading has an excellent choice of independent bars, pubs and restaurants. Reading offers a lively nightlife scene with a plentiful supply of student bars, upmarket cocktail bars and traditional pubs. Be At One is a lively cocktail bar, known for its exciting range of cocktails and its party atmosphere. Oakfield Social Club is one of the best spots to catch some live music in Reading, with a thriving atmosphere every day of the week.  

The Alehouse and The Nag’s Head offer a more traditional drinking experience, and The Hope & Bear is a stylish pub with a fine selection of craft beers and gastro-inspired pub grub.  

The Market House is an impressive venue with multiple bars, a roof top terrace and bar, street-food stalls, as well as uniquely and individually decorated hotel rooms.  

Foodies are sure to be happy with the choice of restaurants and eateries in Reading. As well as some familiar names like Honest Burgers and BrewDog, the town also has Greek, Latin American, Italian, French and Argentinean restaurants.  

Leisure Centres and Outdoor Activities 

There are a number of gyms and leisure centres in and around Reading. Buzz Gym is a fully equipped gym with a full studio class timetable which is open 24 hours a day. The Gym Group in Reading is another fully equipped gym which is also open 24 hours a day.   

Reading also boasts four leisure centres where you can enjoy a range of sporting activities including swimming, badminton, netball and basketball. The leisure centres in Reading are South Reading Leisure Centre; Palmer Park Sports Stadium; Meadway Leisure Centre and Rivermead Leisure Centre. Palmer Park Sports Stadium is set in acres of beautiful parkland and is one of the finest outdoor sports centres in the region. There are both outdoor and indoor facilities including an athletics stadium, floodlit football pitches, a 460m Velodrome and a fully equipped gym.    

Situated just outside of Reading, Reload is a laser clay pigeon shooting and archery range. Reading is also home to a fantastic, state-of-the-art Teamsport go karting track and the highly regarded golf club, The Caversham 

The Feathers and Fur Falconry Centre in Bracknell, provides the opportunity to experience falconry, with hands-on experiences and family falconry sessions. Beale Wildlife Park in Lower Basildon is a fantastic outdoor wildlife park set within 40 acres along the River Thames. Farm animals, birds and small exotic animals all take residence here, and there are woodlands and landscaped gardens to explore too. For scenic walks, you can head out to the Kennet and Avon Canal for a relaxing stroll. 

Which Areas do You Cover? 

As well as in Reading itself, Chancellors operate in the following areas: 

  • Caversham 
  • Chiltern Woods 
  • Earley 
  • Purley 
  • Reading West 
  • Southcote 
  • Theale 
  • Tilehurst 
  • Whitley 
  • Woodley 

Are you Looking for an Estate Agents in Reading? 

Demand for property in Reading is high, owing to the town’s excellent transport links and superb employment opportunities.  

If you are thinking about moving to Reading, Chancellors estate agents can help to make your move a reality. Our experienced estate agents have an in-depth knowledge of the property market in Reading, and we are passionate about delivering an outstanding service. 

Whether you are thinking of buying, renting or selling property in the area, we are here to support you every step of the way. 

If you would like to find out more about our full range of services, please get in touch via one of the following methods: 

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