Green Park Business Park
Green Park lake
|Location||Reading, Berkshire, UK|
Green Park is a business park near junction 11 of the M4 motorway on the outskirts of Reading, but partly in the civil parish of Shinfield, in the English county of Berkshire. The site covers 195 acres (79 ha) and was developed by Prudential and PRUPIM. It is now (October 2012) owned by Oxford Properties. About five thousand people work on site.
Main reference: Green Park Brochure
- 100 Longwater Avenue
- 350 Longwater Avenue
- 100 Brook Drive
- 200 Brook Drive
- 250 Brook Drive
- 300–400 Brook Drive
- 450 Brook Drive
- 500 Brook Drive
- 100 South Oak Way
- 240 South Oak Way
- 250 South Oak Way
Archimedes Pharma, Itergy, LivePerson, Sia
- 300 South Oak Way
- 500 South Oak Way
- 550 South Oak Way
Transport between Green Park and Reading town centre is provided by bus routes 51, 52, 53 (Monday to Friday only). Plans for Reading Green Park railway station (which was intended to serve both the business park and the proposed Green Park Village) have been suspended.
Green Park wind turbine
The most visible feature of Green Park is an Enercon E-70 wind turbine, adjacent to the M4 motorway, and billed as the UK's most visible turbine. The blades are 33 m (108 ft) long, with a tower height of 85 m (279 ft). At a wind speed of 14 ms−1 (31 mph) the machine generates 2.05 MW of electricity (less for lower wind speeds), which is enough to power around 1,500 homes. It is owned and operated by Ecotricity and was completed in November 2005. Between 2005 and 2010, it worked at 17% of its capacity, and it received £600,000 in public subsidies. In 2010, the subsidies received were thought to be worth more than the total amount of electricity that the turbine generated.
Lime Square offers a day nursery, Childbase, for pre-school children, as well as a play area for children up to 10 years, The Mad House Play & Party World. There is a Nuffield Health Fitness & Wellbeing Centre with a swimming pool, a gymnasium, health and beauty studios and fitness classes, and a waterside brasserie, Zest at Lime Square. At Lime Square you will also find an Asda Click & Collect and WH Smith store.
100 Longwater Avenue contains Byte Café and is home to The Green Park Conference Centre which hosts meeting rooms and amenities for various sized meetings and conferences.
The business park is adjacent to the Madejski Stadium, home of Reading Football Club and the London Irish rugby club. The UK's third largest annual running event, the Reading Half Marathon starts from within the business park, which provides the space needed for pre-race marshalling of the large numbers of competitors, and finishes in the stadium. The business park is home to the annual Green Park Triathlon which encourages participants to 'Commit to get Fit' and raise money for Comic Relief.
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- GreenPark, Reading (archive.org copy of Ecotricity website)
- Derbyshire, David (9 February 2011). "Is this the UK's most useless wind turbine? It cost £130,000 in subsidies last year... to raise electricity worth just £100,000". Daily Mail (London).
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