Palmer Park Lodge – Bidding Opportunity

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Reading Borough Council invites bids for the lease of Palmer Park Lodge, Palmer Park, Wokingham Road, Reading, RG6 1LF, in accordance with the council’s Third Sector Premises Policy Statement. Local organisations, voluntary or other, have until 4pm on Thursday 10 May 2018 to submit a bid for the property. Bids are for the leasehold of the property. If no successful bids are received, the property will be re-marketed.


The property is situated to the east of Reading within the grounds of Palmer Park, off of Wokingham Road. It is a 30 minute walk from Reading town centre and served by bus stops on the number 17 and X4 routes. The park hosts a public car park providing space for over 200 cars, currently on a first come first served basis.


The first ‘Pavilion Refreshment Room’ was opened onsite in 1891 and the original kitchen and fireplaces are still on display in the café today.

The site sits within Palmer Park and benefits from proximity to additional public recreation facilities such as a sports stadium, children’s play area, multi-use games area, and a close-mown flat open space for sports and other recreation.

The pavilion is currently comprised of a large open-plan space, kitchen/serving area, male and female toilets, and a small storage room. The building’s current permitted use is as a catering outlet with a community meeting space during designated operating hours. The café toilets also serve as a public convenience during opening hours and would need to be maintained by the operator as such.

The building is structurally sound, but interested parties are urged to seek their own advice on its current state. Access can be provided in order for required inspection/assessment to take place.

 Viewings and further information

For an application form, guidance and scoring information, and viewing appointments please contact Luke Lloyd or Dan Cubbage:

Luke Lloyd, Programme Manager, Leisure and Recreation Service:
email or phone 0118 937 5060.

Dan Cubbage, Activity and Health Development Officer, Leisure and Recreation Service:
email or phone 0118 937 5060.

For information about the bidding process, please contact Bruce Tindall: