A new hair salon is set to take over the former Reading Chronicle offices next to Reading Borough Council’s (RBC) Civic Offices and near The Oracle shopping centre.

The Reading Chronicle vacated the ground floor offices at Bowman House, 2-10 Bridge Street, to downsize from two offices down to one and is now located on the basement floor only.

Plans have been submitted by Piranavan Vimalraj to transform the empty office space into a hairdressing salon/barber.

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Under the new class regulations which came in on September 1, 2020, offices and hairdressers fall under the same class and so no change of use is needed.

Therefore, Mr Vimalraj has simply applied for a Certificate of Lawfulness for the proposed use as a hairdressers.

As well as The Reading Chronicle, Bowman House is also home to Pitman Training, who offer employment support.

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A Madeiran Portuguese van set up earlier in 2020 at the space in between the council and Reading Chronicle’s offices at Bowman House.