Dee Park, Reading

Our plans for Dee Park include creating 705 new homes, an extra care facility, a new school (with nursery), children’s centre, community centre as well as retail and commercial facilities.

Dee Park 01The history

Dee Park is a Radburn design, 1960s housing estate in Reading which includes a retail centre and school. The Dee Park Partnership (DPP), a joint venture between Catalyst and Willmott Dixon, was selected by Reading Borough Council in September 2007 to regenerate the area.

Summary of the proposals

  • Demolition of 376 homes to create 705 new homes. These include 279 homes for social rent, 10 for shared ownership and 416 for private sale
  • An extra care residential facility (Oak Tree House)
  • A new school (with nursery) and a children’s centre
  • A community centre which includes an all-weather sports area and play facilities
  • The re-provision of retail and commercial facilities at Lyon Square
  • Environmental and infrastructure improvements including residential close areas

Progress to date

Phase 1 (complete)

  • 124 affordable homes and the construction of Oak Tree House
  • 140 private homes (all sold)
  • Delivery of an all-weather sports area and pitches (adjacent to Ranikhet School)
  • Environmental improvements to Tay Road, including new hard and soft landscaping

Phase 2A (complete)

  • 85 homes for social rent
  • 21 two and three-bed private houses
  • Landscape, road and paving improvement works

Phase 2B (complete)

This phase started in March 2014 and includes:

  1. 28 apartments for social rent
  2. 107 two and three-bedroom private sale houses and 21 private sale apartments
  3. 10 shared ownership two-bedroom houses
  4. New retail units, local offices for Catalyst and Reading Borough Council, a social enterprise community café, and environmental improvements to Spey Road

Phase 2C (not started)

  • A community centre

Phase 3 (not started)

  • 148 homes for sale
  • 42 homes for social rent
  • A new school and children’s centre
  • Environmental improvements