Our History

It all began before Doomsday

People had dammed up and diverted some of the River Thames flow to power a water mill on the Thames, beyond View Island in Caversham. That mill is recorded in the Doomsday Book of 1086.

The weirs and then a lock at Caversham were built up over the centuries in the location they are now.


Then a few years ago, along came The Reading Sustainability Centre project, who realised the potential for generating hydro power at the weir.

We applied for planning permission in September 2015. You can view the full application here.

In February 2016 the Environment Agency granted the licences required to operate a hydro project on Caversham Weir.

The Reading Hydro project was formed and awarded planning permission in May 2017

Having set up as a community benefit society with members and directors, and complied with a wide swathe of conditions and requests.

The work is now focusing on getting the financials and technology right to make a sound business plan to attract funding and investment.

Join us if you’d like to contribute your time, skills and enthusiasm.