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News // 24 May 2022

Chairman Nick Burrows Comments on Reading's City Bid

Chairman and partner Nick Burrows recently provided comment on the news that Reading's recent bid for city status has been unsuccessful.

Speaking alongside colleagues from firms including Savills and Evoke Transport, he said:

“It is disappointing for all who live and work here that Reading has once again not been successful in its bid for city status, as, according to various leading sources, it has remained the fastest growing economy in the region over the past 20 years and it continues to be one of the strongest performing economic centres in the UK – and indeed Europe.

Reading is also regularly named as one of the best areas in which to live and work when it comes to education, employment prospects, inward investment, new housing and quality of life, and it is, of course, the major town in the Royal County of Berkshire where the Royal Family spends a considerable amount of time. 

Looking to the future, Reading remains extremely well-placed to continue on this trajectory given these factors and with landmark developments coming, ranging from Station Hill to the opening of the Elizabeth Line.”

2022 represents the fourth time that Reading has lost out on it's bid to be named a city, this time to Milton Keynes, Bangor (Northern Ireland), Colchester, Douglas (Isle of Man), Dunfermline, Doncaster, Wrexham and Stanley (Falkland Islands) as part of the Platinum Jubilee Civic Honours.

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