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The Berkshire Independent Hospital currently houses its 'outpatient' facilities partly in the original Coley House

 

Hospital

Berkshire Independent Hopital (formally Capio Reading Hospital)

In 1993 Capio Reading Hospital was purpose built in Coley Park, located at Swallows Croft off Wensley Road. During the mid 1990's Coley House underwent extensive expansion and restoration, especially to the roof areas. After restoration the adjacent Capio Hospital moved its Outpatient Department into Coley House (see the Coley House page for more information).

In September 2007 the Swedish owned Capio Hospital chain, was purchased by Ramsay Health Care, Australia's biggest private hospital operator, for 190 million pounds, marking its first expansion into Europe. Capio Reading Hospital was renamed the Berkshire Independent Hospital.

 


Berkshire Independent Hospital
at Swallows Croft, Coley Park

 


Part of the old mansion (Coley House) is currently occupied by
the Berkshire Independent Hospital's outpatient department

 


 

Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAFF)

After the Second World War the then Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (commonly known as MAFF) occupied Coley House and later a block of modern offices were built nearby and enclosures at the rear for animal research.

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA
)
Today MAFF is known as the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). In 2006 the DEFRA building (located behind the Hospital building) at Coley Park was completely re-roofed, with the original flat roof removed and a new gable roof installed. The work being carried out by Maguire Brothers of Surrey.

The DEFRA site was well equipped which made it suitable for use in emergencies, such as the foot and mouth epidemic where experts were based in 2001.

 


The main DEFRA building at Coley Park

DEFRA leave Coley Park ...

After a 60 year association with Coley Park, the Government’s agriculture and food departments has come to an end. On May 1, 2011 it closed its offices off Wensley Road for the last time. About 80 staff were affected by the closure of the building, with some taking voluntary redundancy. DEFRA was hoping to market the site but it may be sold for redevelopment. There was talk as recently as 2013 of a Free School proposed for the site.


Department of the Environment (PSA)

In 1968 a new building was built a few hundred metres to the northwest of Coley House. If you look at the older Aerial image above - you can see the building located in the top left. This building housed the Property Services Agency's southern reqion HQ. The PSA was a part of the Department of the Environment at the time which purchased, built and maintained all the entire Government estate including Ministry of Defence and Whitehall buildings. The building was demolished in 2000 for new housing.


 

Coley Park Community Centre

The Coley Park Community Centre is located at 140 Wensley Road, just a stones-throw from Coley House.

The Centre is the heart of the Community and the Coley Park Community Association aim to provide something for everyone from Art classes to Zumba dancing.

 

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Coley Park Community Centre

 


 

Coley Park Surgery

The Coley Park Surgery is located at 80 Wensley Road, just opposite the church.

 

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Coley Park Surgery

 


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