Hexagon Theatre revitalisation reaches first major milestone

News from Reading Borough Council

Reading Borough Council’s £13.7 million project to revitalise the town’s much-loved and popular Hexagon Theatre reached its first major milestone this month. The ambitious Hexagon Theatre project will see the creation of an attractive, flexible and exciting new space for performances and community use.

On Monday 10 July the council announced the official appointment of the internationally renowned professional team who will support this major project moving forward. This includes Haworth Tompkins as lead architects and Equals Consulting as the main project management company.

The latest announcement follows the news in January 2023, that the council has been successful in its bid for ‘Levelling Up’ funding, and had been awarded £19.1 million to revitalise Reading’s cultural offer – which includes both the Hexagon project and an £8.6 million development at the Council’s civic offices to create a new Central Library and redesign the customer reception and service areas.

The plan at the Hexagon Theatre is to extend to the right-hand side of the existing building with an entrance directly off Queens Walk. This will offer much-improved accessibility and a new multi-function community space. The space will provide for a wider variety of performances and uses. This will form the first phase of a longer-term regeneration of the 1970s-built Hexagon.

The theatre development is part of an ambitious and wider plan to create the ‘Minster Quarter’. The Minster Quarter plan will include building hundreds of new homes in a significant area of the town centre, creating a vibrant thriving new community at the heart of the town. A lot of the housing will be much-needed affordable housing. It will bring new jobs and growth which will benefit local residents and the local economy.

The council is also planning to extend the Civic Offices in Bridge Street to deliver a new Central Library and redesign the customer reception and service areas.

Find out more and follow this massive transformational project’s progress here: www.reading.gov.uk/leisure/revitalising-the-hexagon-and-central-library

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