Be part of Reading’s future – time capsule project taking place at Station Hill

June 2022

The developers behind the transformative Station Hill development, Lincoln MGT, together with local arts and culture charity, Jelly, are hosting a free pottery workshop on Saturday 2 July at 10am to 2pm. The workshop will take place at The Tin, Station Hill, Reading, RG1 1NF.

Join local artists and a historian from Reading Museum to create a clay object inspired by pictures of architectural objects found on the Station Hill site and across the town. The completed sculptures will then be included in a time capsule that will be buried next year under Station Hill’s new pocket park beside Reading Station.

Meanwhile, it was back to school this week for Lincoln MGT and Jelly which were delighted to welcome two Year 6 classes from the nearby Civitas Academy to the construction site to kick off the time capsule project on Tuesday 7 June.

Both classes from the school were met by Matt Shuter, the Project Manager at Station Hill Phase 2, before enjoying a guided tour of the building site and a discussion of the construction processes and the equipment on site.

The students were particularly interested in the large tower crane currently on site, and the crane’s operator lowered the massive hook to demonstrate where on site the future capsule will be buried.

As part of the day’s events, the students had a fun time taking rubbings of many of the construction materials and surfaces from across the site. These will be used as inspiration for a series of artworks which will make up part of the time capsule’s contents when it is buried.

The visit was organised in partnership with Jelly, a fantastic local charity that promotes arts and culture in Reading by encouraging creativity in young people.

This was a free workshop made possible with the support of Lincoln MGT and the Phase 2 contractor, Sir Robert McAlpine. The time capsule project forms an important part of Lincoln MGT’s long-term commitment to Reading, with the ambition being to offer an insight and education into the construction industry by engaging with local young people – providing a fun hands-on experience at this exciting development that sits at the heart of Reading town centre.


Lee Fearnhead, Director of Construction at Lincoln Property Company UK, said:

“We had a great time on site this week with students from Civitas Academy and it really made the project worthwhile seeing the kids have such a great time, all while learning about construction and be provided with the opportunity to ask lots of questions.”

“We’re looking forward to hosting the public clay sculpture workshop, together with Jelly, on July 2 and we hope to see lots of Reading residents of all ages come along to contribute to this fantastic initiative.”

“Come along and be part of Reading’s future!”

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