Projects > No1 Forbury Place

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  • Reading, Berkshire
  • Client: M&G Investments / Bell Hammer
  • Size: 370,000 sqft / 34,400sqm
  • Services: Architecture
    Urban Design

First phase of our award-winning new landmark office development in the Thames Valley that brings Central London quality to Reading. Developed speculatively by owners M&G and development manager Bell Hammer the Forbury Place Estate consists of three buildings, two new office buildings and a third older building that has been renovated to complement the estate.

No1 Forbury Place was completed in the summer of 2015 and was fully let to a single occupier prior to completion. This success kick-started No 2 Forbury Place, completed in 2018 to consolidate this exceptional high calibre development with dynamic architecture, quality finishes and proven success.  The speculative development creates a highly efficient, agile office headquarters building that provides unrivalled quality in Reading to attract national and international occupiers. The success of this was evident when No1 Forbury Place was entirely let to SSE; the largest letting in Reading for 25 years and the biggest deal in the Thames Valley for over a decade.

The massing and sculpted form of the 8 storey building responds to its gateway location and prominence from the railway, while responding sensitively to the historic urban context of the neighbouring Forbury Gardens. East and west façades are protected from solar gain by vertical blades, which twist to create a sense of movement as one passes the building, giving the building its immediately recognisable and strong identity in a gateway location to Reading. Deep-plan naturally lit floorplates are provided through the introduction of a striking atrium, generous floor to ceiling heights and an openness that promotes views to Forbury Gardens and the wider Thames Valley.

The BREEAM Excellent building was winner of the OAS Development Awards 'Best Development Outside Central London' 2016, and shortlisted for BCO Best Commercial Workplace Regional Award in 2017 (the award subsequently won by No2 Forbury Place in 2019).

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