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Former Ritz Cinema Site in Wokingham Sold to Montreaux Homes

Montreaux Homes, the home counties division of Montreaux Group, has successfully exchanged contracts for the purchase of the former Ritz Cinema site in Wokingham. The site currently holds planning permission for a three-story development consisting of 22 apartments, undercroft parking, and communal garden space.

Located in a highly sought-after residential area in the heart of Wokingham, the site offers prime proximity, with the train station just a 10-minute walk away. The area boasts a rich history, evident in the Victorian architecture along Easthampstead Road, which reflects the significant growth the town experienced during the 19th century.

The site itself holds historical significance as the former location of the Art Deco Ritz Cinema, which opened its doors in 1937 and was renowned as one of the UK’s finest cinemas of its time.

Recognising the historical value of the site, Montreaux Homes is committed to working closely with local authorities to ensure that the new homes harmonise with the local architectural style and contribute positively to the community.

James Rowntree, Managing Director of Montreaux Homes, commented on the company’s approach: “Similar to our project in Sidcup, Urban Picturehouse, we understand the importance of developing on the site of a landmark building. We are excited to bring our expertise to this approved scheme and collaborate with the local authority to deliver amenities that the community can be proud of.”

With a strong demand for apartments in Wokingham, coupled with the site’s convenient proximity to the train station and town center, Montreaux anticipates that the development will be highly desirable and sustainable, catering to a variety of housing needs. The company is currently reviewing the existing planning design and taking into account feedback from the council and the local community.

Montreaux Homes specialises in creating landmark developments and bespoke homes across London, the Southeast, and key cities in the UK. The company focuses on procuring land and buildings, often repurposing former brownfield sites in urban areas close to public transport hubs, to drive positive change in towns, cities, and communities.

Since its establishment in 2014, Montreaux has rapidly become one of the Southeast’s fastest-growing property and investment companies. The company is committed to building with the end user in mind, creating homes that people aspire to live in and places that people want to visit, leaving a lasting legacy.

Richard Rowsell MRICS, Land Director at Montreaux Homes, expressed his excitement about the Wokingham site, stating, “This site perfectly aligns with our philosophy of ‘Building Back Better.’ We are eager to introduce high-quality housing, sustainable technology, and biodiverse garden amenities to the local area.”

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