The Blade, Reading
View from the west
|Alternative names||Abbey Mill House|
|Cost||£32 million |
|Antenna spire||86 m (282 ft)|
|Roof||59 m (194 ft)|
|Floor count||15 (14 above ground, 1 below)|
|Design and construction|
|Developer||PMB Holdings and Aviva Investors|
The Blade, also known as Abbey Mill House, is a skyscraper and the tallest building in Reading, Berkshire, England. Used for office space, it is 86 metres (282 ft) tall and is visible from many places in the town. The first tenant to occupy the building was Kaplan Financial, who moved to the building from Thames Tower.
The 86-metre (282 ft) steel building has 14 floors above ground level; the floor-to-floor height is 3.77 metres (12.4 ft). The building's façade is a curtain wall system of aluminium and glass, and the building is strengthened with a pile foundation. The spire atop the building is a lattice frame covered with rainscreen panels.
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