Care home plan tunes in to former radio HQ

A new care home is to be developed west of Reading town centre following a £3.5 million property deal for the former radio station.
March 29, 2022
LNT Care Developments acquired The Filberts, a 13,570 sq ft modern office building, in a deal brokered by property consultancy Vail Williams.

The land and buildings, situated in The Chase off the A4 Bath Road, is to be repurposed as an upmarket 66-bedroom care home.

It was formerly the broadcast base of Global Radio Services Ltd/Heart FM and before that 2-Ten FM and Kennet Radio.

Vail Williams acted for the vendors, commercial property portfolio specialists Lewis Investment.

Alastair Warwick-Smith, Director of Lewis Property Services who day-to-day asset manages  the expanding Lewis Property Portfolio, said: “We are delighted with Vail Williams for securing this important property disposal which will benefit our valued clients.”

Guy Parkes, partner in our Thames Valley region, added: “This is a well-known property, just three miles from town, and is steeped in local radio history.

“Now it is to get a new lease of life as LNT Care Developments transforms the site into a 66-bedroom, three-storey care home offering 16 sq m bedrooms with fully en-suite wet room facilities.

“The premium specification for the home includes a cinema room, hairdressing salon, garden room, library and coffee shop – all to be set within landscaped gardens with approved parking facilities.”

The current two-storey building, built in 2000 and sitting on a 1.43-acre site with ample car parking, is located within a primarily residential area with retail facilities nearby and easy access to the M4 and mainline rail services.

LNT Care Developments, based in Garforth, West Yorkshire, is the UK’s leading purpose-built residential care home developer and constructor and is currently working on 20 sites across the UK with a pipeline of more than 100 more sites.

Andrew Long, of LNT Care Developments, said: “These are exciting times as we continue to build state-of-the-art care homes across the UK. Our new Reading site is perfectly located for residents, staff and visitors and we look forward to beginning construction work.”

Lewis Investment is an independent financial services firm whose specialisms include facilitating commercial property investments through pension syndicates and property clubs.