Reading Uni hires Beard for new sports venue


Beard Construction has started the groundworks for a new sports facility on behalf of the University of Reading (UoR).   

Credit: Beard Construction.

The £7 million project, in Shinfield, Berkshire, includes a pavilion, two football pitches and a full-size cricket pitch. 

A large function room, changing rooms, kitchen and bar will also be constructed, as well as associated landscaping and a new car park. 

Work has begun to lay the foundations for the building, ahead of the steel frame and internal blockwork and external brickwork. 

The building will be finished with a single-ply roof and solar panels.  

The sports facility is part of the new Shinfield West housing development, led by UoR, Shinfield Parish Council and Wokingham Borough Council.   

The project is due to complete in Autumn this year.  

“We are grateful for the opportunity to work once again with the team at the University of Reading and to bring this fantastic sports facility and social space to this growing community,” said Jamie Harwood, Beard Swindon director.  

“Beard is well placed to deliver this fantastic project given our vast experience and expertise in creating high-quality sports facilities.  

“We are working closely with the university and all the stakeholders to ensure this facility will support the community for many generations to come.” 

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