Kennet Island

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Kennet Island
Sunset at Kennet Island Piazza.jpg
Sunset at Kennet Island's 'Piazza'
Kennet Island is located in Berkshire
Kennet Island
Kennet Island
Kennet Island shown within Berkshire
OS grid reference SU 71321 70709
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town READING
Postcode district RG2
Dialling code 0118
Police Thames Valley
Fire Royal Berkshire
Ambulance South Central
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament
List of places
51°25′51″N 0°58′31″W / 51.4309°N 0.9754°W / 51.4309; -0.9754Coordinates: 51°25′51″N 0°58′31″W / 51.4309°N 0.9754°W / 51.4309; -0.9754

Kennet Island is a neighbourhood in Reading, Berkshire, England. It is being constructed on open fields in the nine years commencing in 2005 and is halfway between Reading town centre and the M4 motorway. It incorporated watercourses for aesthetics by engineering new channels for the canalised Kennet which has its catchment in rural south-west Berkshire and east Wiltshire.


Many homes have been available under a Government-backed initiative: My Choice Homebuy, aimed at giving first-time buyers a chance to get on the property ladder.

Kennet Island's homes developed by St James' Homes, part of Berkeley Group and the first properties were sold early 2007. Plans included a traffic circle allowing easier access from the A33 dual-carriageway onto the estate itself. The Kennet Island development continued to be financially successful for Berkeley Group during the 2008 recession.[1]

The development saw three phases, the last coinciding with an expansion of Prudential plc building offices in a nearby estate.[2]


In café culture, shopping and small business services Kennet Island has The Piazza, a central square that includes water features. The area includes a gym, international chain hotel and Circle Hospital. Adjoining is a Nature Reserve and the Kennet Valley path.[3]


The estate's local government authority is Reading Borough Council and forms part of the electoral ward of Whitley and is separated from the bulk of Whitley by a dual carriageway and a green buffer.

In national politics this ward is part of Reading West (UK Parliament constituency).


  1. ^ "Berkeley reassured by cash strength". Press Association. 2008-12-05. Retrieved 2008-12-14.
  2. ^ Bunce, Alan; Adam Hewitt (2008-12-12). "Speedway demise could help football fans". Archived from the original on 2011-07-19. Retrieved 2008-12-14.
  3. ^ Kennet Island website Retrieved 2013-11-30

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