Project Background

ADAS was commissioned by Reading Football Club to prepare a Historic Environment Desk Based Assessment (DBA) to assess the impact development of land at Royal Elm Park, Reading may have on the historic environment resource. The development comprised the construction of six mixed residential and commercial multi-storey buildings on land adjacent to Madejski Stadium.

Scope of Services

The DBA assessed the potential impact of the development on the setting and significance of all designated heritage assets in the surrounding landscape including the Gradell listed Hartley Court.

Previous Archaeological investigations within the immediate vicinity of the developments had demonstrated a high level of prehistoric and historic human activity from the Neolithic to the Roman periods.

The potential impact of the development on buried archaeological remains which wee identified during previous archaeological investigations carried out adjacent to the site was also assessed.

ADAS consultants worked closely with the planning team through all stages of the development from the initial project inception meeting to the submission of the planning application.

The final report included recommendations for appropriate mitigation measures to allow the development to proceed whilst minimising the impact on above and below ground heritage assets.


The works were required and carried out in accordance with the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF, 2012), paragraphs 128, 131-136, 139 and 141.

Brief rundown

Scheme: Land at Royal Elm Park, Madejski Stadium
Client: Reading Football club
Location: Madejski Stadium, Reading, Berkshire
Project type: Mixed Residential and Commercial development
Size: 18.7ha
Date: November 2015
Services: Historic Environment
Desk-based Assessment, Arboricultural Services

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