The results are in for this year’s Thames Valley Property Awards and it’s no surprise to us here at Faculty Apartments that the wonderful metropolis that is Reading has just been named City of the Year.

The award itself focuses on the towns and cities in the Thames Valley that are in the process of developing what they have to offer for both employers and residents. Past winners have attracted inward investment by bringing in successful strategies for their town centres while promoting their brand.

Executive director of Reading UK Nigel Horton-Baker said how delighted he was that the city won the award, saying that it has had a great 12 months, with a lot going on and a surge in interest from the property world.

“We have worked hard in developing support for local businesses, especially in the central retail area and around the Abbey quarter and Forbury area.

“We are super excited about the Station Hill development, the area around Hosier Street and the former prison site. Our Vision 2050 strategy is all about delivering a city of green technology, rivers and parks, culture and diversity,” he went on to add.

If you’re new to the area and staying in serviced apartments in Reading, it might be worth popping over to the TripAdvisor website to see what they believe the ten best attractions in and around the city are to help you make the most out of your trip.

It features the likes of Forbury Gardens, Kennet and Avon Canal, Silchester Roman city walls and amphitheatre and Beale Park, just for starters.