The ski jump at the end of the IDR in 1984. The Hook and Tackle is the on the left, painted white.
Having carved its way from Caversham Road to the foot of Southampton Street, in the 1970s Reading’s Inner Distribution Road (IDR) stopped abruptly at the ‘ski jump’ where the Oracle roundabout now is. During this hiatus, Reading consulted and debated about whether and how to continue.
A planning application has been submitted to build a 72-floor building towering over Paddington Station. The top of the tower development will be 281 metres higher than the Paddington Concourse, but not quite as tall as the Shard.