Thames Tower tops out
Fri 1 July 2016, 10:25 am
A ceremony has marked the topping out of an office building by Reading station.
Thames Tower will provide 16,722sq m of office space across 15 floors in Reading central pedestrian piazza opposite the station.
The ceremony, which took place on 3 June 2016, was attended by the mayor of Reading, Councillor Mohammed Ayub, and the council’s deputy leader, Councillor Tony Page.
A joint venture between Landid and Brockton Capital, the scheme involved regenerating an 11-storey block, originally built between 1972 and 1974. The project was granted planning permission in July 2015 and work started shortly after.
The original building was stripped back to the frame, the floorplates extended and four floors added.
A 124sq m rooftop terrace will provide views across the town and the Thames Valley. The ground floor will be occupied by a 291sq m reception and 743sq m restaurant, cafe and retail space.
Page said he was “pleased with the opportunity to recognise this important milestone in the refurbishment of one of Reading’s most prominent buildings”.
He added: “I now look forward to the building’s new cladding being revealed once the scaffolding has been removed.”
Thames Tower is due for completion in the first quarter of 2017.